Reconciliation Action Plan

Reconciliation Action Plan

 

ac.care acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 

Click on the image to open and download the 2022 to 2025 Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan.

Our Support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart

 

Our Support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart

COUNTRY agency ac.care has joined 2,450 organisations nationwide in supporting the “yes” vote at the upcoming referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution and implement an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

The not-for-profit organisation has joined other diverse groups with Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) commitments in demonstrating unwavering support for a reconciled future for our nation.

The collection of RAP organisations supports 4 million Australians each day through their work across a range of sectors.

“We have been on the journey of reconciliation for many years and our organisations are stronger because we have listened to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” ac.care Stretch RAP champion Jason Wallace said.

 

 

He said recognition and providing a voice to First Nations people had been at the heart of the reconciliation movement for decades.

“Our organisation has accepted the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and together RAP organisations committed to the principles of voice, treaty and truth well before 2023,” Mr Wallace said.

“That commitment remains strong and will endure.”

ac.care acting chief executive officer Kirsty Barnett said reconciliation was founded on respectful relationships.

“We urge all Australians to engage thoughtfully and respectfully as they educate themselves and others about the important opportunity the referendum provides,” she said.

She urged country people to accept the invitation of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to provide a Voice to Parliament for First Nations people as a vital step to make our nation a stronger, fairer and better place for all.

 

 

ac.care is part of the Anglicare Australia Network, which previously voiced its public support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and Voice to Parliament last year.

“We thank First Nations people for their generous invitation the Uluru statement provides to walk together towards a better future for all Australians,” ac.care board convenor Rick Fisher said.

“The Uluru Statement offers a historic mandate to create a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood and we hear and support the call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution to empower First Nations peoples.”

He said ac.care also supported the call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement making between governments through treaties and to oversee a process of truth telling about our history.

“We commit to supporting self-determination in the communities in which we work and recognise in some cases this means handing over aspects of our work to First Nations organisations,” Mr Fisher said.

“In solidarity with First Nations Peoples, communities and organisations, we commit to advocating for the Australian Parliament to implement the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including the Voice to Parliament.”

Mr Fisher said this was a vital step in committing to respecting the knowledge and expertise of First Nations peoples and that ac.care already had a focus on centring First Nations voices in its work.

“We join people and organisations across the country in accepting the invitation in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk with First Nations people to make Australia a more inclusive place for everyone,” he said.

 

ac.care is a signatory to the Anglicare Australia Network Commitment
in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart

 

Learn more by visiting
yes.23.com.au | ulurustatement.org

 

Walking Together Events

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Reflections on Homelessness – Murraylands and Riverland National Homelessness Week 2023 photo exhibition

Aug 4, 2023

Two exhibitions are being hosted by ac.care at Murray Bridge and Berri this month, with community members affected by homelessness sharing their personal experiences through photos and words as part of the initiative being launched by ac.care next week

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Jason, Peter and Shane at the Homelessness luncheon

Homelessness fundraiser raises close to $130,000 in a day

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OUTSTANDING SUCCESS: Pictured above are 2023 Limestone Coast Support Homeless People Luncheon coordinator Jason Wallace, Premier Peter Malinauskas and ac.care chief executive officer Shane Maddocks celebrate the success of the luncheon, which raised close to $130,000 to support vulnerable people.

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ac.care team receiving the community conscious award

ac.care celebrated for community conscience

Aug 24, 2023

THE team at ac.care is celebrating the organisation’s win of the Community Conscience award at the 2023 Women in Business and Regional Development and Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce Awards. The award, presented at the gala ceremony at The Barn Palais on Friday night, recognises a not-for-profit or social enterprise that tackles social problems to … Continued

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Indigenous voice to parliament forum

Mount Gambier forums to inform community ahead of referendum on Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Aug 29, 2023

BE INFORMED: Pictured above are Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation board member Cheryle Saunders, acting chief executive officer Tara Bonney and Jason Wallace of ac.care who are calling on the community to attend a forum at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre to learn about the Indigenous Voice to Parliament and upcoming referendum. Register for the fourms here … Continued

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Young leaders develop resource to connect children in care to culture

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ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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