Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

2021-2024 Townsville City Council Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan

Townsville City Council acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun, Bindal, Gugu Badhun and Nywaigi as the Traditional Owners of this land. We pay our respects to their cultures, their ancestors and their Elders, past and present - and all future generations.

Reconciliation in Australia is a journey for all Australians. A journey for us all to strive towards a more equitable nation through the support and promotion of unity and mutual respect as a nation with our First Nations Peoples.

Council continues its reconciliation journey, entering into our third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - Townsville City Council Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (September 2021 – June 2024). A Stretch RAP is Reconciliation Australians third level within their workplace RAP framework, built on three main pillars – Relationships, Respect and Opportunities, and focuses on embedding reconciliation initiatives into organisational practices to become ‘business as usual’, implementing longer-term strategies, and working towards defined targets and goals.

Building on Councils reconciliation journey to date, our Stretch RAP vision is for a cohesive and united community where First Nations Peoples cultures, histories and contributions are valued and celebrated, and creating an inclusive future where social and economic prosperity is shared by all.

Implementation of the Townsville City Council Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (September 2021 – June 2024) will be guided by the RAP Implementation Team made up of representatives across the organisation to continue to champion leadership of reconciliation practices and participatory approaches to involve the broader workforce in Council’s reconciliation journey. The RAP Implementation Team will drive delivery of the RAP commitments, monitor progress and provide updated reports to Council.

Reconciliation Australia RAPS in action

Reconciliation Australia created four videos showcasing how RAPs are coming to life. They chose four initiatives that illustrate great examples of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities.

Townsville City Council worked closely with local Elders and local Aboriginal artists to create a reflection area in the local cemetery for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This is a great example of how meaningful relationships with the local community can produce outcomes that the Townsville community can benefit from.

Request for foliage from our botanic gardens

Townsville City Council recognises that our community at times may want to request the use of plants and other natural materials from Townsville’s local parks and botanic spaces for cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes. To assist in supporting the local community, the Parks and Open Space team welcomes requests for foliage or items from plants from within Council Parks and Open Space that have a link to cultural, religious, educational and/or scientific purposes.


Yarnin' Circle

Indigenous elders group which works towards preventing social isolation of senior citizens in an informal atmosphere.

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