WaterNSW to launch state-wide reconciliation action plan

WaterNSW to launch state-wide reconciliation action plan

17 March 2022

WaterNSW will formally announce details of its state-wide Reconciliation Action Plan, at a ceremony in Dubbo on Thursday, 17 March, CEO Andrew George announced today.

Developed in conjunction with prominent First Nation community leaders and approved by Reconciliation Australia, the plan will guide WaterNSW relationships with First Nation communities across NSW.

WaterNSW, which operates more than 40 major dams across the state, and supplies water to more than 8 million people, will now incorporate the reconciliation action plan at the centre of its corporate strategic plan.

Importantly the action plan will also help improve employment, economic and social outcomes for First Nation people by providing job and training opportunities, WaterNSW CEO Andrew George said.

“This reconciliation action plan is a tangible and meaningful commitment for the organisation that features a range of reconciliation actions planned for the next 12 to 18 months,” he said.

“While we have long interacted with local Aboriginal communities, often as key stakeholders, using this plan as a guide will ensure that we can better work with and support First Nation communities.

“We will seek to do this through an increased understanding and recognition of First Nation cultures, histories, knowledge and rights through cultural learning,” he said.

NSW Water Minister, Kevin Anderson welcomed the announcement and said the array of symbolic and practical elements added to the plan’s significance.

“Supporting meaningful and culturally appropriate partnerships and dialogue with our local First Nations’ communities and maintaining increased respect for the connection to their lands and waterways is vital, not just for WaterNSW but for all organisations,” Mr Anderson said.

“By increasing First Nation recruitment, retention and professional development, as well as supporting Aboriginal businesses, WaterNSW will offer economic and social benefits to communities associated with WaterNSW operations and infrastructure.”

Find out more about the WaterNSW Reconciliation Action Plan.

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