The Carnarvon Shire is now taking nominations for a reference group that will be involved during the review of the Reconciliation Action Plan implemented last year. The program had four categories including relationships, respect, opportunities and governance, with targets set for each one. The RAP was established to honour the traditional custodians of the land and the cultural and spiritual relationships fostered in the region. Carnarvon Shire president Eddie Smith said the RAP aimed to acknowledge the contribution First Nations people have had in the area, a well as taking important forward steps in the reconciliation process through “learning, promoting and celebrating Indigenous culture and building cultural competency.” The group will involve five community and stakeholder representatives to help guide the Shire through their reconciliation journey, providing strategic advice on Aboriginal people’s views, needs and interests in the Carnarvon region. When the plan was released, Cr Smith said: “We will continue to work with the Yinggarda people, as the traditional custodians of this land, and the wider community to make positive and meaningful advancements through the actions and deliverables of this Reconciliation Action Plan”. The lands on which the Shire is situated is an area of great social, cultural, and spiritual importance to the Yinggarda and Baiyungu people, along with Thalanji, Thudgari, Malgana and Wadjarri peoples. The 2016 Census identified 960 people as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, comprising 21.7 per cent of the total population of Carnarvon, which meant the RAP had immense significance for the local population. Individuals are able to nominate to be in the reference group on the Carnarvon Shire website.