Cooloola Coastcare acknowledges the Kabi Kabi and Butchulla people who are the traditional custodians of the land and sea where Cooloola Coastcare operates, and recognise that these have always been places of environmental stewardship.
Coastcare is embarking on a year-long process to develop the cultural awareness of the Management Team and the membership to better understand the Aboriginal history, culture and knowledge about the Cooloola region.
Coastcare will develop the Reconciliation Action Plan (Reflect RAP) with the support of a Gympie Regional Council Community Assistance Grant (Community Capacity Building).
The Reflect RAP allows the organisation to spend time scoping and developing relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, deciding on a vision for reconciliation to ensure future actions or initiatives are meaningful, mutually beneficial and sustainable.
It is timely for Coastcare to be addressing this process after the recent Native Title Determination for Rainbow Beach and Inskip Point and the impending determination for Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay and the Cooloola recreation area.
Cooloola Coastcare invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the community to make contact with Coastcare by email if you have an interest in joining us on this journey of learning and understanding.
Everyone in the community is welcome to come to Coastcare meetings and join us as volunteers in our projects. You can email Lindy Orwin, the coordinator on coordinator@CooloolaCoastcare.org.au or call 0478 039 322 for more information or checkout our website cooloolacoastcare.org.au
More information about the process can be found on the Reconciliation Australia website at reconciliation.org.au