MPSC commits $5000 to Reconciliation week

MOREE Plains Shire Council’s commitment to reconciliation has been reinforced, with the support of several local key events over National Reconciliation Week 2019 to the tune of $5000.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s acting general manager Mitchell Johnson said Council’s annual commitment to Reconciliation Week included supporting the official opening ceremony at the Dhiiyaan Centre, the Reconciliation Honour Roll presentation and sponsoring the Gala Awards night.  

“It was a really successful week of activities and events acknowledging reconciliation initiatives and people from all backgrounds who contribute towards a unified future,” Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson spoke at the opening ceremony on Council’s continuing commitment to playing a leading role in reconciliation and development of plans to turn good intentions into measurable outcomes.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Cr Mike Montgomery, Community Development Officer & Moree Reconciliation Committee member Roslyn Laws and Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson at the opening ceremony of Reconciliation Week 2019 at the Dhiiyaan Centre.

“Council’s updated Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) sets out clear actions, responsibilities, timelines and targets for Council’s commitments to reconciliation,” he said.

“Reconciliation doesn’t stop at the end of National Reconciliation Week and we encourage people to put up their hands and be a part of the RAP Working Group,” he said.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week’s theme Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage encouraged the community to work toward building strong and positive race relations, based on a foundation of truth and recognising Australia’s colonial history.

“As we come to the end of National Reconciliation Week 2019, I am encouraged, but also aware of the long road ahead,” Mr Johnson said.

“We need to have some honest conversations about our past and start acknowledging our long history.”

For more information or to nominate for the Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, interested parties are encouraged to contact Council on 02 6757 3222 or email 

Media Release: June 5, 2019