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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 water ways is just one example of where Aboriginal people and business 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 Commitment
To build resilient, liveable, healthy communities that recognise and respect indigenous cultures, histories and achievements.

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

National Reconciliation Week

Welcome to Country and Flag Raising Ceremony
Tuesday 28 May
11am to 1.30pm

Join us as we walk together with courage and raise flags after a traditional Welcome to Country to celebrate National Reconciliation Week and move forward, creating a community strengthened by reconciliation and recognition.

Cowes Cultural Centre, 91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

More information at Bass Coast Shire Council Reconciliation

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

Sorry Day

Sorry Day

Community Gathering
Sunday 26 May
11am to 2pm

Come together for a Welcome to Country ceremony, morning tea, yarns and listen to special guest Kutcha Edwards who will be performing a few songs and sharing his story.

Nobbies Centre, 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands

More information at Bass Coast Shire Council Reconciliation

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.

On the road to Reconciliation

Read about Westernport Water’s Reconciliation journey