Events & Publications

Events

NAIDOC Week 2019

We recognise the importance of engaging our staff to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

This year’s theme was “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” which are the three key elements to the reforms set out in Australia’s Uluru Statement from the Hearth that represents the unified position and voice of First Nation Australians. The week was celebrated by:

  • hosting a head office event summarising our recent reconciliation and Aboriginal engagement achievements, and engaging in a performance led by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse raising awareness of Noongar language used to pass down lore, culture and knowledge to future generations through song.
  • attending our portfolio event at the Public Transport Authority with Noongar Tradition Owner of Whadjuk Country, Danny Ford from Kambarang Services who presented informative, insightful and humorous stories on Aboriginal history and culture,
  • attending the informative panel session by Reconciliation WA and Bankwest focusing on the meaning of Australia’s Uluru Statement from the Heart, and
  • promoting the event through articles on our internal communications to all staff

Reconciliation Week 2019

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Every year the dates remain the same: 27 May to 3 June. Commemorating two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. As a part of the National Reconciliation Journey, we support and promote our involvement in the National Reconciliation Week celebrations.

In 2019, Reconciliation WA hosted an event in the Perth CBD: The Walk for Reconciliation. Annually, we continue to promote and support our staff attendance at events. This year the Walk for Reconciliation was an opportunity for us to support Reconciliation WA, and the greater community in the goal of “Walking Together, Grounded in Truth”. The event was one of the main highlights of the weeks events, as several staff attended the Walk, in addition to Contractors and Project Teams.

In addition to participation in the Walk for Reconciliation, we continue to sponsor the Street Banner Project annually through the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries. The street banner project promotes reconciliation through banners, sponsored by organisations, placed in prominent locations across WA. We are proud to be one of 120 Organisations contributing to these promotions in the wider community.

Project Smoking Ceremonies

We perform a smoking ceremony prior to commencing construction on various projects, to acknowledge ancestors and pay respect to the land and sea of country. Smoking ceremonies are a traditional Aboriginal custom aimed to cleanse and ward off bad spirits. Recent projects we have held ceremonies for include NorthLink WA, Collie Lake King Bowelling Curves and Smart Freeways.

Image: Aboriginal Participation - Smoking Ceremony at Collier Rd Underpass.JPG 

 

Publications

Bulletins

Bulletin No. 1 - December 2018

Information Sheets

Aboriginal Business Engagement – Contracts

Other

Strategic Business Case - Appendices are available by submitting a request to enquiries@mainroads.wa.gov.au

Modified: 30 Aug 2019