Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Leaders Move to RAP; Council Adopts First Stage of Reconciliation Agreement

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Leaders Move to RAP; Council Adopts First Stage of Reconciliation Agreement

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Byline: Legan Annett tegan.annett@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE first step in a new way of respecting and honouring the Indigenous elders and traditional owners in the Gladstone Region has been taken by the council.

The Gladstone Regional Council has approved the first stage of the Reconciliation Action Plan, which focuses on welcome to country and acknowledging traditional owners at events and ceremonies.

Mayor Matt Burnett said it was the first of many stages with the plan expected to roll out more commitments within the next few years.

"This is putting everything we're already doing as documented, so when there are future mayors and councillors they can follow this policy," Cr Burnett said.

"I make no queries about the fact of who was here first and I've always had a very good relationship with our elders and traditional owners.

"My granddad (now 104 years old) has a very strong relationship with them too, our family and the traditional owners have been connected for many, many years. …

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