This week being National Reconciliation Week, Gladstone Ports Corp. (GPC) of Central Queensland is to delve into the cultures, histories and achievements of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities.
Employees are connecting with local Indigenous communities at three workplace events built on this year’s theme “Don’t Let History Be a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.”
GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the Corporation is also reflecting on two significant anniversaries in the reconciliation journey - the 1967 Referendum and 1992 High Court Mabo decision.
“We are proud to be one of the many Queensland organisations making real change in reconciliation,” O’Sullivan said.
“However, we recognise that reconciliation requires an ongoing commitment, not just for one week each year.”
People, Community and Sustainability General Manager Rowen Winsor said GPC has a long history with the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda peoples, as well as the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities.
“It’s really important to us that we work closely with Traditional Owners to ensure we continue to operate in a culturally respective way,” Winsor commented.
“Together our Indigenous Affairs Team lead initiatives such as a Reconciliation Action Plan, Indigenous Land Use Agreement, Future Directions Community Liaison Group, Cross Industry Operations Traineeship and Talent Today Talent Tomorrow programmes, to help guide change in the community.”
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