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Harbour Trust Reconciliation Action Plan launched to the public

Harbour Trust CEO Mary Darwell with five members of the Harbour Trust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group; namely, Josephine Cashman, Peter White, Roy Mundine OAM, Djon Mundine OAM and Susan Moylan-Coombs. Image courtesy of Harbour Trust

The Harbour Trust has unveiled its Reconciliation Action Plan, marking a milestone for the organisation. The Reconciliation Action Plan sets out a pathway for the Harbour Trust commitment to embed reconciliation across its activities and to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

The Harbour Trust protects and manages some of the most historically significant foreshore sites on Sydney Harbour, including Cockatoo Island, North Head Sanctuary, Sub Base Platypus in North Sydney, and Headland Park in Mosman, through their remediation, conservation and adaptive re-use. It welcomes over 1.6 million visitors to its sites.

Harbour Trust places are the lands of the Borogeggal, Birrabirrigal, Cammeraygal, Gadigal, Gayamagal, Wallumedegal and Wangal people.

A key initiative in the Reconciliation Action Plan is the establishment of the Harbour Trust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group. The members of this advisory group include, First Army Elder Roy Mundine OAM, Josephine Cashman, Professor Dennis Foley, Djon Mundine OAM, Ruby Langton-Batty, Peter White and Susan Moylan-Coombs.

Harbour Trust CEO, Mary Darwell said the Reconciliation Action Plan is an important part of the Harbour Trust story, instilling a clear pathway for inclusion and reconciliation across all aspects of Harbour Trust business.

“The Harbour Trust is responsible for some of Australia’s most significant and much loved places – arguable the location of first continuous contact between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians. The Reconciliation Action Plan is fundamental to our vision and mission and affirms our commitment to recognising and celebrating the centrality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples culture, histories and continuing connection to these lands.

“I am looking forward to working with the members of the Harbour Trust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Group to achieve the important goals set the Reconciliation Action Plan,” said Ms Darwell.

Josephine Cashman, Harbour Trust Board Member as well as Advisory Group member said she is a proud champion of the new Reconciliation Action Plan.

“Over the past number of years, the Harbour Trust has worked to incorporate the cultural significance of its sites into the vision for its parklands. The Reconciliation Action Plan aids in further realising this vision,” said Ms Cashman.

The Harbour Trust Reconciliation Action Plan includes three focus areas:

  • Actively engaging and collaborating with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities
  • Integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples perspectives and connections with lands across business
  • Improving employment and procurement practices

As a part of the implementation of the Reconciliation Action plan, the Harbour Trust will host the Serving Country exhibition at the Landship Gallery, located in the Headland Park Artist Precinct in Mosman. Serving Country is a portrait exhibition paying tribute to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have contributed to the defence of Australia over the past century. The exhibition will open 11am – 3pm Friday to Sunday between 29 June 2018 and 29 July 2018.

The Harbour Trust Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 was officially launched on 29 June 2018 at the Landship Gallery in Headland Park, Georges Heights.

Source: Harbour Trust

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