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, present and future.
Phillip Island Nature Parks is proud to launch our third Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2023 (RAP) under the guidance of Reconciliation Australia.
Our RAP represents our shared vision for reconciliation and was developed by our Reconciliation Advisory Committee made up of Traditional Custodians, members or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community and our organisation’s reconciliation champions.
We are committed to working together to achieve the actions within the Plan and to walk together towards our shared vision for reconciliation:
We walk together, side by side, respectfully caring for the Country, Waters and Sea of Millowl. We create a shared future of recognition, opportunity and true partnerships with Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We create opportunities for healing through responsible and respectful truth telling and knowledge sharing.
(Ocean Bay ceremony camp) by Steve Ulula Parker (Boonwurrung, Yorta Yorta, Erub)
The circles represent the six clans that make up the Boonwurrung and the water in Nairm (Port Phillip Bay) and MirranBiik (Western Port).
Bass Coast Reconciliation Network Art Project
Bass Coast Reconciliation Network’s participating local organisations including Bass Coast Shire Council, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Bass Coast Health and Westernport Water, along with Traditional Owner Organisations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community representatives and the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Reconciliation Group are proud to work together for reconciliation and recognition.
One of the network’s first initiatives was the commissioning of four reconciliation artworks through an open Expression of Interest process.
We are delighted to announce the successful artists as: Patrice Mahoney, Adam Magennis (both pictured), Safina Stewart and her daughter Arieta. Each artist provided an excellent response to the brief and the resulting artworks will be used to further promote recognition and reconciliation across Bass Coast and will be launched during National Reconciliation Week in May.
Stay tuned for updates.