Our Reconciliation Action Plan

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn, the Bunurong people. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 

As one of Australia’s leading ecotourism organisations, Phillip Island Nature Parks is committed to the conservation of the natural environment and the cultural history of Phillip Island. 

We feel privileged to be entrusted with land management responsibilities across Phillip Island, and we recognise that many areas hold deep cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal people. 

Our commitment to reconciliation is demonstrated by the development of our ‘Reconciliation Action Plan’ (RAP) in conjunction with Reconciliation Australia. 

Our first ‘RAP 2012-14’ was developed in response to a strong desire across the organisation to connect, learn and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

Key achievements of our first RAP 2012-14 include:

-       Supporting the annual Shearwater Festival.

-       Appointment of an Indigenous trainee, now a full time employee.

-       Achieving ‘Respect Our Culture’ Certification through Ecotourism Australia.

-       Running National Reconciliation Week celebrations.

-       Introducing an ‘Aboriginal Heritage Tour’ with portions of ticket sales going back to the local Aboriginal community.

-       Raising the profile of local Aboriginal culture through interpretive signage.

-       Increasing Aboriginal retail product lines and services that benefit Aboriginal communities.

Our second ‘RAP 2015-18’ was launched in November 2015. This RAP will be championed by our dedicated RAP Working Group and includes 32 actions with measurable targets under the key areas of ‘Relationships’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Opportunities’.

"Our RAP 2012-14 enriched us as an organisation and we are excited about the future possibilities our new RAP 2015-18 will bring." Jeff Floyd, Phillip Island Nature Parks Board Chair.

We look forward to implementing our RAP 2015-18. Stay tuned for updates on this page…  

Rap 15 18 Cover Image Download the 2015-18 RAP here

Our vision for reconciliation

“Phillip Island Nature Parks is recognised as a world-leader in reconciliation.

Through authentic content, strong relationships and opportunities, we all proudly and respectfully acknowledge, support and celebrate the Aboriginal culture of Phillip Island Nature Parks."

RAP UPDATES

Download our latest RAP update here  

RECONCILIATION EVENTS 2018

Bass Coast is proud to support Reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Shire Council, Bunurong Land Council, Westernport Water, Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community are working together to present a shared program of activities to acknowledge significant events in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar:

National Sorry Day/Day of Healing on Saturday 26 May
and
National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June

National Sorry Day, Day of Healing is an important day of learning, sharing and reflection and was one of the key recommendations of the ‘Bringing them Home’ report tabled in Parliament in May 1997. The report was based on an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission into the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Sorry Day offers the Community the opportunity to be involved in activities to learn about and acknowledge the impact of the policies of forcible removal on Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations.

National Reconciliation Week ‘Don’t Keep History a Mystery’
This week-long celebration builds on respectful, shared relationships and reflects on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey:

• The 1967 referendum where more than 90% of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census and give the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

• The historic Mabo decision where the High Court of Australia decided that terra nullius should not have been applied to Australia. This decision recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have rights to the land – rights that existed before the British arrived and can still exist today.

This year’s theme explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week, you are invited to learn more about the Australian story.

Download the Full Program here

Special Presentation:
Monday 28 May - Collaborative design of bilby monitoring on Martu lands - Download Details here

Bass Coast Reconciliation Events

Millowl Dancers Carolyn Briggs and Steve Parker
Matt Jackson Aunty Carolyn Briggs Stephen Davies2 RAP 4