Artwork titled: Clans Water Connection  By: Melissa McDevitt-Weston Boon Wurrung Traditional Owner. Read about Melissa’s art in Westernport Water’s Innovate RAP

Acknowledgement

Westernport Water acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as First Nations People and that the land, sea and water are of spiritual, cultural and economic importance. We recognise that we provide services on the traditional lands of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation. The Bunurong Peoples have managed the resources on Millowl for thousands of years. We acknowledge them and their continued connection to this place, as we go about managing the water resources today.

The Bunurong People

The Bunurong are Aboriginal People of the Kulin Nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, from the east of Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, Cape Liptrap and surrounding areas. The Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council notes that there are many different spellings for Bunurong, some common alternative spellings include Boonwurrung, Boon wurrung,  Bunwurrung, Boon Wurrung, and Boonoorong.

About Reconciliation

Water Corporations manage a resource that was considered by Aboriginal people as one of the most important and sacred – water. We all need water to survive, and the protection and management of our waterways is just one example of where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and businesses need to work in partnership.

What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation is about building better relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

What is a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)?

A Reconciliation Action Plan documents what the Corporation commits to do to contribute to reconciliation in Australia. Each RAP has a specific framework with minimum requirements for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation.

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is Westernport Water’s second RAP, an Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Talking, walking, and working together we will build trust and respectful relationships with Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to enable us to achieve positive social change and support the national reconciliation movement.

Innovate RAP May 2020-2022 (5.5 MB)

Reflect rap

Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

Our RAP is an agreed plan of how Westernport Water intends to contribute to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their connection to the land and waterways. Our RAP commits to implement specific actions that build respectful relationships and outline opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Westernport Water is at their beginning of its journey to reconciliation and recognition is focused on building the foundations for relationships, respect and opportunities as it develops and implements the actions identified in its Reflect RAP.

View Westernport Water’s endorsed Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2019 – Adopted

NAIDOC 2020 events – TBC

Supported by Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.

National Reconciliation Week

We came together at the Cowes Cultural Centre, Millowl, Phillip Island to learn about reconciliation and recognition. Highlights from the day were the Welcome to Country ceremony, the inspirational speakers and the reveal of artwork from four amazing local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.

The event was supported by Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group.

2020 EVENTS – TBC

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

We reflected upon our heritage at the Sorry Day gathering on Sunday 26 May, as we heard from Aboriginal singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards. Thanks to the community for supporting this important event.

2020 EVENT – TBC

Our RAP Working Group

Consists of 12 members of Westernport Water’s workforce and includes representatives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community and businesses such as the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation.

Bass Coast Reconciliation Network

We’re proud to be a member of the Bass Coast Reconciliation Network (BCRN) along with community representatives, the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group, Yowengarra Bun Wurrung Balug Clans Aboriginal Corporation, and four of Bass Coast’s leading organisations including Bass Coast Shire Council, Bass Coast Health, Phillip Island Nature Parks and Westernport Water.

The BCRN was established in 2019 and seeks to create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Owners and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The Network is an action-based group of organisations committed to:

  • sharing time, resources, and knowledge
  • being a conduit for organisational and community networking
  • building organisational and community knowledge and understanding of reconciliation
  • driving positive social change
  • presenting a united ‘organisational’ approach to reconciliation

On the road to Reconciliation

Read about Westernport Water’s Reconciliation journey