Learning and Reconciliation Maroondah is one of two community based organisations promoting understanding and reconciliation with Indigenous Australians.
This afternoon I attended a luncheon to acknowledge the dedication of Ann Longridge, who served as convenor of the group for the past six years. Ann along with Learning and Reconciliation Maroondah has assisted in promoting the need for reconciliation within our community and ensuring that Council adopts policies that promote understanding and opportunities for Indigenous Australians.
Perhaps one of the most successful aspects of the group was its ability to demonstrate that reconciliation is relevant within all sections of our community. Members of Learning and Reconciliation Maroondah are also members of groups promoting the environment, accessibility, community houses and many other community organisations.
While the luncheon was a cause to reflect on the group, members of Learning and Reconciliation Maroondah subsequently voted to wind up the group after its twelve years of service. While it is a sad event for any group to cease existence the fact that so many different organisations are now involved with Reconciliation demonstrates the many achievements of Learning and Reconciliation Maroondah.
In addition, Maroondah Movement for Reconciliation still exists within Maroondah and will provide a group dedicated to this important cause.