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Arc progressing on reconciliation journey


NEWS UPDATE 10.07.2024

Arc progressing on reconciliation journey

Arc has invited special guests to NAIDOC Week events in the Mid West and Boorloo (Perth).

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Today Waalitj Foundation General Manager Education Programs Josie Janz-Dawson presented at an internal NAIDOC Week event at the Arc Infrastructure Bravo Head Office in Boorloo (Perth).

NAIDOC Week commenced on Sunday, 7 July and runs until Sunday, 14 July 2024. It occurs annually and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Waalitj Foundation General Manager Education Programs Josie Janz-Dawson spoke on the topic of the 2024 NAIDOC theme Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud and discussed the Waalitj Foundation (formerly known as the Wirrpanda Foundation) story.

The event also featured a Welcome to Country by Walter McGuire from Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences, catering from Kuditj Kitchen and an interactive community canvas by Noongar and Wongutha artist Salena Rose Abdullah.

On Friday, 5 July 2024 Arc also hosted an event for staff in the Mid West with Yamatji Southern Regional Corporation (YSRC) that included a Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony and catering.

Arc’s Aboriginal Engagement initiative and Reconciliation Action Plan has shaped Arc's vision for reconciliation and helped plan how to contribute to reconciliation as a business.

Since the introduction of Arc’s Aboriginal engagement initiative in 2022, the business has focused on reconciliation in relation to awareness and reporting, community and partnerships, employment and training and procurement.

This has seen the launch of Arc's first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) during NAIDOC Week in 2023; a partnership with the Waalitj Foundation;continued support of the Kate Mullin Association Scholarship Fund; PPE and in-kind donations of materials, equipment and expertise to support the Koomba Birdal (Big Spark) Rail Infrastructure Program at North Metropolitan (Metro) TAFE; and the onboarding of several Aboriginal businesses to our supply chain.

Chief Executive Officer Murray Cook said he was proud of Arc’s contribution to reconciliation as a business over the past two years.

“We are pleased to have continued our work with communities along the State’s freight rail network, respecting their heritage, and continuing to build trust,” Mr Cook said.

“Arc Infrastructure remains committed to creating respectful relationships which foster social and economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community.

“We look forward to driving engagement and awareness of our RAP commitments and further embedding reconciliation across our business.”

You can read Arc’s 2023 Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan here.

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