A former Governor-General and Australia's first Aboriginal tennis star have launched the reconciliation movement's biggest community awareness campaign since the national bridge walks in 2000.
27 May 2004 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 22 Aug 2013 - 11:45 AM

The "Pathways to Reconciliation: together we're doing it" campaign is a year long program of events and information campaign designed to further improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

It was launched on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and at the Opera House by Reconciliation Australia patrons Sir William Deane and Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

On the bridge two plaques were laid on the viewing platform - one to commemorate the 2000 bridge walks - the other to symbolise the start of the new campaign.

At the Opera House Sir William said the time has come for all Australians to work together to achieve reconciliation.

"Pathways give us the opportunity of really getting that part of the task and that part of the journey underway.

"It will build on the great grasroots movement to reignite the national movement."

As part of the campaign Reconciliation Australia will distribute a resource kit around the nation.

Ms Goolagong-Cawley said it's for schools, businesses, community groups, local governments and individuals to use.

"The reality is, though, reconciliation cannot be achieved, either locally or nationally, without the good will, openess and involvement of Indigenous Australians and so the kit contains information for Indigenous Australians too."

The resouce kit can also been dowloaded from the internet by visiting www.reconciliation.org.au/pathways.