Council has strengthened its focus on Aboriginal community planning in Robinvale and is asking community members to get involved.
Council’s Aboriginal Community Planning Officer Verna Eade is now based in Robinvale two days each week. She will assist the Local Indigenous Network to strengthen the Aboriginal Community Plan for the Robinvale area, as well as working on other community initiatives.
Ms Eade said community planning gave residents a combined voice to prioritise projects they saw as important. She said this community plan would reflect the ideas and desires of Aboriginal people in the Robinvale area.
“While we are already working with local Aboriginal community groups to develop the plan, I would love to meet with other Aboriginal community members from the Robinvale area, to listen to their ideas,” she said.
In addition, Council is reviewing its wider Aboriginal Partnership Plan and its Reconciliation Plan.
The Aboriginal Reconciliation Plan and Partnership Plan will be integrated to create a strategy that lists a range of actions Council can undertake to encourage a range of outcomes, including Aboriginal employment and greater cross cultural understanding among its own staff.
“With all these plans in place, and with the community’s priorities on paper and linked together, we have an excellent chance to obtain and leverage funding to make some community projects a reality,” Ms Eade said.
Community members are urged to contact Ms Eade at Council on 5036 2333. She is available for appointments every week in Robinvale.