THE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE 2000

National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism,Immigration and Human Rights


Daryl Taylor
Community Development Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council, Victoria

The Reconcilation Process

Abstract
In 1998 Nillumbik Shire Council committed to an ongoing reconciliation process with traditional land owners, the Wurundjeri people.

1999 ­ 2000 community projects and public initiatives have been successful in raising the profile of the reconciliation process and developing the community's understanding of and support for the key issues of reconciliation.

This process has benefited from a focus on Process Orientation and long term engagement, Reconciliation Partnerships shared-learning and capacity building, Innovative Projects that engage communities and Policy Wedges that reinforce partnerships and achievements and create frameworks for new initiatives.

Council's reconciliation process has provided partner organisations with opportunities to achieve their own reconciliation goals, securing ongoing partnership commitments that continue to enhance the shire's capacity to implement symbolic and practical reconciliation initiatives.
Partnership projects initiated between Council Officers from different units have had a positive team building effect, raising the profile of reconciliation within the organisation, a necessity for achieving a whole of local government approach.

Nillumbik's 2000-2002 Reconciliation Plan continues to build on achievements to date in partnership with Wurundjeri Elders.

Bionote
Daryl Taylor is Community Development Officer at Nillumbik Shire Council where he co-ordinates Council's Inclusive and Resilient Communities programs.

A Masters by Research student at Monash University he is investigating Community and Sustainability Indicators projects. Daryl is the principal partner of C.P.R. ­ Community Participatory-action Research and an executive board member of Imagine the Future's Ecoversity. Nillumbik Shire Council's Aboriginal Reconciliation program has been nominated for the 2000 Innovations in Local Government Award.

Presentation Type
30 min paper


University of Technology, Sydney, 1-2 December 2000

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