Framework Agreement between the Mulga Mallee Regional Council, the Department of Indigenous Affairs and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
|Date: ||20 January 2004|
|Sub Category:||Framework Agreement|
|Location:||Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia, Australia|
|Summary Information: |
|The Framework Agreement between the Mulga Mallee Regional Council, the Department of Indigenous Affairs and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder ('the Agreement') was signed by Brian Champion, Chairperson of the Mulga Mallee Regional Council, the Hon John Kobelke, Minister for Indigenous Affairs (Western Australia) and Ron Yuryevich, Mayor of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, on 20 January 2004.|
The purpose of the Agreement is 'to address the needs of Aboriginal people in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and agree to work together to establish a framework to achieve sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental development for Aboriginal people in [the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder]' (Agreement 2001).
|Detailed Information: |
|Principles, Outcomes and Ways of Doing Business|
The Agreement sets out a series of principles relating to reconciliation, respect for Aboriginal culture, promotion of equitable service delivery and openness to new approaches in funding and service delivery.
The parties agree to work collaboratively in order to:
'Facilitate and coordinate information exchange;
Develop joint planning processes for the provision of Local Government services to Aboriginal people;
Consult and negotiate on issues affecting Aboriginal people in our City; and
Achieve practical reconciliation and resolution of issues.'
The processes that the parties will follow are developing and monitoring biennial action plans, coordinating an annual meeting of representatives of the Mulga Mallee Regional COuncil and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Council and quarterly meetings involving all the parties.
The Agreement was set within the framework of the Statement of Commitment to a New and Just Relationship between the Government of Western Australia and Aboriginal Western Australians, signed in 2001.
In his speech at the signing of the Agreement, the Hon John Kobelke stated that the Agreement 'is a symbol of the passion shared by the signatories for the people of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to live harmoniously and safely.' The Agreement was part of the strategies used to overcome racism in the area, following a recommendation by Dr William Jonas, acting Race Discrimination Commissioner for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), that the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder appoint a mediator to address racial discrimination (Kobelke 2004).
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs stated that '[s]trategies for change ... include mediation, the launch of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Living in Harmony Project and action plans made after assessing three reports – a mapping and gap analysis, a needs analysis and community perception survey, and a youth needs analysis' (Government of Western Australia Department of Premier and Cabinet 2004).
|The parties to the Agreement jointly funded consultants to produce a report and draft protocol for stakeholders (see KCGM newsletter). In 2004, and following wide consultations, the document Dignity, Respect and Fulfilment: An Agreement for Working Together in Kalgoorlie-Boulder was signed by a number of parties in Kalgoorlie-Boulder (see link below). |