Mayor's Weekly Message: 27 May 2019
This week we celebrate National Reconciliation Week, a time where all Australians come together to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
Creating strong and prosperous communities relies on all of us to show respect, understanding and embrace the fact that we are all different.
A diverse community is a prosperous community, with the ability to overcome challenges together. It provides us with the opportunity to build on our great place so that future generations can enjoy our beautiful natural environment, but also each other’s company, culture and backgrounds.
Diversity provides different experiences and creates a buzz whether it’s through food culture, music and art, history or fascinating stories.
A big part of Reconciliation Week is about recognising our history, talking about it, learning and understanding so we can value and respect each other in the future.
I encourage everyone to think about what diversity and community means to you, and to think about how we can all do our bit to learn more about the background, achievements or stories of a neighbour, work colleague or even an old friend.
The more we take the time to simply listen, the more we can appreciate what we’ve got, and what we need to grow moving forward.
As our region grows, multiculturalism will also evolve and I look forward to what the bright future holds for us all.
A big thanks to our local volunteers, Birpai and Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Councils, Port Macquarie Indigenous Marathon Foundation Running & Walking group and Council’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Kelly O’Brien for organising these week’s reconciliation activities. It is a wonderful opportunity for us all to learn about our local Aboriginal history, as we walk together with courage.
For more information about National Reconciliation Week visit https://www.reconciliation.org.au/