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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.

Expression of Interest – Reconciliation Artwork

Westernport Water is inviting suitably experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who live on the Bass Coast, to create a private artwork to be used to promote its reconciliation and recognition work on printed or digital documentation.

For further information regarding the opportunity and to apply – Expression of Interest EOI – Reconciliation Artwork

Submission must be received by 2pm Monday 23 March 2020:

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 2019 events

Community Celebration
Tuesday 9 July 2019
11am – 1pm
Cowes Cultural Centre,
91-97 Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Flag raising and smoking ceremony, speeches, stalls and the inaugural Ruby Gates Award presentation.

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.

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.

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