Reconciliation efforts recognised

Cairns Regional Council's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) was Highly Commended at the 2014 Queensland Reconciliaion Awards held in Townsville in May 2014.

The award recognises Council's commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and initiatives that are advancing reconciliation both internally and in the Cairns community.

The RAP was recognised for its contribution toward closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents as a finalist in the Community category of the awards.

CRC's second Reconciliation Action Plan was launched during Reconciliation Week celebrations last year, following on from the original document endorsed in late 2011.

"Our RAP is a guiding resource that enable us to introduce the principles of reconciliation into our day-to-day operations," Mayor Bob Manning said. "It allows us to set goals and develop strategies that will contribute to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in our community."

The RAP identifies a series of objectives to improve health and wellbeing and nurture local Indigenous culture. CRC is one of just three councils in Queensland to have an active Reconciliation Action Plan.

Last updated: 05 February 2015