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Rous County Council (Rous) is continuing the process of reconciliation between Rous and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the endorsement of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) at Council's April 2021 meeting. The endorsed Plan has been presented to Reconciliation Australia for consideration and approval is pending.
RAPs are practical plans of action built on relationships, respect and opportunities. RAPs create social change and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
For Rous, reconciliation means recognising the importance of working with the Traditional Custodians of current and future catchment and natural resource areas managed by Rous.
Rocky Creek Dam, our supply network’s principal source, sits on Widjabal/Wi-abal country of the Bundjalung nation. Rous acknowledges the Widjabal/Wi-abal people’s deep relationship with the land and water, and strongly values their traditional laws, knowledge and lessons about places and sustainability. Reconciliation aims to restore ecological, cultural and social values that are unique to our region.
RAPs provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation. The RAP program is overseen by Reconciliation Australia, an independent and not-for-profit organisation.
For more information on our RAP, you may contact our office directly. For more information on Reconciliation Action Plans, please see the Reconciliation Australia website at http://www.reconciliation.org.au/raphub/