The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Glenelg Shire Council and the Local Indigenous Community aims to outline the broad principles for cooperation and set out what both parties wish to achieve over a three year period. In developing the MOU the parties sought to create a document that facilitates Recognition, Reconciliation and Healing with the Indigenous community.
The MOU contains details of the Indigenous history of the area, the profile of the local Indigenous community and sets out key actions. These include:
- Acknowledging the hurt of the past;
- Traditional acknowledgement at key council meetings and most civic ceremonies;
- Flying the Aboriginal flag whenever the council flag is flown at council offices;
- Location of appropriate signage throughout the shire that recognises tribal and clan territories;
- Commitment to negotiate native title issues on crown land where they concern the council;
- Developing procedures for Indigenous involvement in land use planning, including agreement on when it is appropriate to do so;
- Promotion of active citizenship of Indigenous people in both council and community affairs;
- Ongoing consultative process through the Aboriginal Consultative Committee;
- Indigenous strategies to be included in annual/corporate plans;
- Support and encouragement of youth development programs specifically designed to increase understanding of reconciliation;
- Provision of cultural sensitive training for appropriate staff and provide opportunities for all staff to increase their knowledge of Indigenous culture;
- Encouraging Indigenous people to take up traineeships and employment;
- Assisting the Indigenous community in its economic development objectives and support viable Indigenous economic development plans;
- Erection of a memorial that recognises Indigenous participation in the Australian Armed Forces for all wars;
- Working together to enhance annual cultural activities and celebration of traditional Indigenous days; and
- Recognising the original Indigenous custodianship of and spiritual relationship to the land.
Glenelg Shire will report annually on implementation of the MOU to all stakeholders.