Our reconciliation journey
We're proud to be a part of the national reconciliation movement and to present our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
In accordance with our Strategic Intent of regional prosperity for all communities, and aligned with our values of inclusion and diversity, we are committed to recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and acknowledging their cultural values and ongoing connection to Country and Water.
As a water corporation that spans over 20,000 square kilometres, we recognise we have the opportunity to be leaders for increased cultural awareness, engagement, and opportunity for employment. Our Innovate RAP aims to create equal opportunities and promote a culture of respect and understanding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, both within our organisation and the communities we serve.
We believe in our responsibility to be part of the national reconciliation movement and are committed to implementing the actions detailed in our Innovate RAP. We are excited by this journey and look forward to the progress we will make over the following two years.
Highlights of our reconciliation journey to date:
- pursued targeted Aboriginal employment opportunities, and welcomed two Independent Aboriginal Delegates to our Board
- conducted cultural heritage assessments at three of our sites (formally registering several scar trees) and pursued opportunities for cultural burns
- hosted an event with members of Dhudhuroa community to raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the entrance to North East Water’s head office in Wodonga
- provided cultural awareness training to all staff by an Elder of the Wiradjuri community
- acknowledged National Reconciliation Week with staff screenings of the films In My Own Words and We Don’t Need A Map
- celebrated NAIDOC Week with a week-long projection on the outside of the head office of local Aboriginal artists and their artwork
- met with the Taungurung Land & Waters Council to discuss the implications of the agreements under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (Vic), and followed up with several workshops
- hosted four Acquisitional Art Exhibitions in partnership with Burraja Gallery, also proudly supported by our stakeholders North East Catchment Management Authority and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
- consulted with Traditional Owners in the development of our Urban Water Strategy.