30 May 2022
A range of milestones reached through the Indigenous Accord have reaffirmed Ipswich’s commitment to reconciliation as the community celebrates 2022 National Reconciliation Week.
This year’s theme, for the annual week from 27 May to 3 June, is Be Brave. Make Change.
Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said this year’s theme challenges all Australians to be brave and tackle unfinished business to bring true reconciliation a step closer.
“Reconciliation Week is a time dedicated to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, while recognising the ongoing work needed for reconciliation to progress,” Mayor Harding said.
“It is an ongoing journey for all of us. Council’s path to supporting and progressing reconciliation action is outlined in the 2020-2025 Indigenous Accord.
“The Accord provides that framework for collaboration and co-operation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Ipswich City Council.
“It establishes a common vision, which the communities of Ipswich have had an active role in shaping and participating in reconciliation and will have a critical role in bringing meaningful progress in our community.”
Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said it had been two years since council endorsed the Accord and made a commitment to reconciliation outcomes that are purpose-led and consultative.
“The Accord recognises the importance of community and government coming together to achieve the best outcomes for the Ipswich community, and it is wonderful that a number of milestones have been reached,” Cr Fechner said.
Some of the achievements made under the Accord in the past six months include:
Councillor Fechner said many other actions and milestones were underway, or already embedded in council activities and processes.
“This spans from engaging Indigenous storytellers at the Children’s Library to facilitating Black Coffee events allowing Indigenous businesses to network and create opportunities,” Cr Fechner said.
“We look forward to continuing the shared journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Ipswich.”