Community Development Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council, Victoria
The Reconcilation Process
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
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.
Daryl Taylor is Community Development Officer at Nillumbik Shire
Council where he co-ordinates Council's Inclusive and Resilient
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
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