Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre launches its Reconciliation Action Plan


Renowned artist Brentyn Lugnan designing the artwork for the Reconciliation Action Plan.

Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre (MNCCLC) launched its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 4 April. Since opening its doors in 2011, MNCCLC has worked hard on fostering positive relationships and meaningful engagement with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. MNCCLC’s Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

'Our vision for reconciliation is a culture that embraces unity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians as well as a culture that represents equality and equity, historical acceptance of our shared history and removal of negative race relations,' says Catherine Peek, Executive Officer for Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre.

MNCCLC collaborated with renowned artist Brentyn Lugnan who created a piece that represents the service and its connection to community. Brentyn explained the design that is now on the cover and throughout the RAP:

The design represents both what the organisation does and where the services are offered. The three areas of Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Taree are represented by the three community symbols that come together at the MNC Community Legal Centre.

The legal Centre is symbolized by the circle at the centre which shows people meeting. There is a river running through the design, which represents the freshwater people services by the legal Centre. 

'We created our RAP with the vision to make a positive difference within MNCCLC and in the broader community through reconciliation and our RAP sets out our plan for delivering on that,' Aboriginal Engagement Officer Latoya Smith said.