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The latest update on all Reconciliation Tasmania’s happenings and changes so far this year.

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We hope 2024 has commenced well for our members and stakeholders and that all have enjoyed the summer in Trouwunna/lutruwita (Tasmania)  as the New Year has unfolded.
Appointment of Acting General Manager
The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Altmann as the Acting General Manager of Reconciliation Tasmania.   With more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, Carol has an excellent background in communications, team leadership and project development and delivery. She is a well-recognised community leader who will guide us strongly through a period of transition and discernment across the next six months.
26 January Invasion Day and Survival Day
As the national debate about Australia Day continues a recent amendment to the Tasmanian State Services Act allows Tasmanian government employees for the first time, to  have the choice of moving their Australia Day holiday to a different date. This change was spearheaded by the membership base of  the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and supported by the Tasmanian Liberal government. We commend the CPSU and state government on reaching this agreement.   We continue to encourage all Tasmanians to reflect on how they acknowledge 26 January and in particular encourage local governments to educate their communities; to promote truth-telling and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives about this day. We commend those city Councils, especially our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) partners in local government  who have changed their citizenship ceremonies and community recognition awards to an alternative day as part of their RAP.   On 26 January, members of Reconciliation Tasmania regularly attend the Invasion Day rallies organised by the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) who continue to lead the state campaign to Change the Date. Details are as follows: Nipaluna / Hobart Street March 11:15 am. Depart TAC (198 Elizabeth Street) Rally 12:00 pm, Parliament Lawns Limilinaturi / Devonport Street March 11:30 am. Depart Tulaminikali Health Service (106 Best Street) Rally 12:00 pm, Market Square (behind Paranaple Centre).   https://tacinc.com.au/category/campaigns/change-the-day/
2024 National Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June 2024
  Reconciliation Australia has recently announced the National Reconciliation Week  2024 theme: Now More Than Ever.     This year’s theme recalls the obstacles and challenges the reconciliation movement has faced and the imperative to look for ongoing ways to continue truth-telling, truth-listening and to highlight institutionalised inequity, calling for change. Indeed, now more than ever we need reconciliation.   Reconciliation Tasmania will hold our National Reconciliation Week Breakfasts on the following dates in three main locations: Wednesday 29 May ~ Devonport Thursday 30 May ~ Launceston Friday 31 May ~ Hobart     Bookings and tickets will be advertised and available next month.
New Membership Model
Our current membership system has served Reconciliation Tasmania relatively well in our foundational years for providing a tool to demonstrate support within the community for reconciliation. However, it hasn’t proved an effective model for building an engaged membership base.   This year we’re moving to a more organised and structured membership model, aiming to build stronger and more nuanced relationships with our various stakeholder groups. This initiative was overwhelmingly supported at our November 2023 Annual General Meeting. Members will receive ongoing information as the membership model is launched.
Strengthening Local Reconciliation Networks
The increase in grassroots commitment to, and activity by our local reconciliation networks during the referendum campaign, highlighted for us the strength and capacity of these networks and the amazing people who make up our membership.   It is our hope that 2024 will see Reconciliation Tasmania create tangible leadership opportunities for our members and these local networks to play a greater role in both raising community awareness and education as well as actively responding to issues in ways they best determine, with resources allocated to them. We look forward to this unfolding in 2024.     Clair Andersen & Beth Gilligan   Co-Chairs   Reconciliation Tasmania Board
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