Posted on 23/11/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks Launches Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18
Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Chair, Jeff Floyd, officially launched the organisation’s second Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-18 (RAP) on Saturday as part of the Shearwater Festival opening ceremony.
The RAP, endorsed by Reconciliation Australia, is the result of nine months’ of considered consultation by a working group made up of staff, community members, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal community representatives.
This ‘Stretch RAP’ replaces the RAP 2012-14 and contains 32 actions with measurable targets. Actions are aimed at furthering the Nature Parks’ commitment to reconciliation through developing strong relationships, fostering mutual respect and exploring and providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“The development of our second RAP came in response to a strong desire across the Nature Parks to connect, learn and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, said Jeff.
“As one of Australia’s leading ecotourism organisations, Phillip Island Nature Parks is committed to the conservation of the natural environment and the cultural history of Phillip Island.”
“Our RAP 2012-14 enriched us as an organisation and we are excited about the future possibilities our new RAP 2015-18 will bring.”
Key reconciliation achievements of the Nature Parks first RAP document include; supporting the annual Shearwater Festival, the appointment of an Indigenous trainee who moved into full time employment, achieving Respect Our Culture Certification through Ecotourism Australia, running National Reconciliation Week celebrations, the introduction of an ‘Aboriginal Heritage Tour’ with portions of ticket sales going back to the local Aboriginal community, raising the profile of local Aboriginal culture through interpretive signage and an increase in Aboriginal retail product lines and services that benefit Aboriginal communities.
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