Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has congratulated both the Moree community and Moree Plains Shire Council on taking the initiative on reconciliation.
Mr Coulton spoke in the Federal Parliament about the success of the Moree Reconciliation Awards night held on the 30th May.
“‘One of the highlights of the night was the testimonials by members of the community particularly from some of the younger members, including teenagers, who spoke about their desire for reconciliation and their positive outlook about how that might happen,” said Mr Coulton.
“As many would remember way back in the sixties Moree was a flashpoint but has come a long way since then because of the work undertaken by both aboriginal and non-aboriginal community members.”
Mr Coulton also congratulated Moree Plains Shire Council on the development of a three-year Reconciliation Action Plan.
“The Reconciliation Action Plan clearly outlines the steps to be taken to help the community work towards being a clearly reconciled community.”
Mr Coulton said that the Council was leading by example with aboriginal employment.
Mr Coulton congratulated the community, both young and old, for taking control of reconciliation, and driving towards a community that recognises the past but is looking for a better future.
“I would like to especially congratulate members of the Moree Reconciliation Committee and the Aboriginal Elders from Moree for running such a successful night.”