Media Releases 2015

Posted on 26/05/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Philip Island Nature Parks is proud to celebrate National Reconciliation Week with a range of activities and an ongoing commitment to reconciliation.

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. It recognises that reconciliation should be a part of all employees’ daily consideration and activities.

The Nature Parks’ ‘Reconciliation Action Working Group’ meets regularly to promote reconciliation across the Nature Parks. They have put together a program of events to acknowledge National Reconciliation Week.

Throughout the week, Nature Parks staff will enjoy a range of activities including daily films, a flag raising ceremony at the Koala Conservation Centre, a bush tucker lunch and discussion, a movie night and Deep Listening Session with local Boon wurrung Steve Parker, and a presentation on Indigenous Protected Area rangers.

The organisation is also proud to have published their own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2012-14 and is currently finalising their new 2015-20 Plan with Reconciliation Australia. 

“The development of our organisation’s second RAP is a true reflection of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation across all areas of our organisation and the next step in our journey together,” said Matthew Jackson, Phillip Island Nature Parks Chief Executive Officer.

Many achievements have occurred across the Nature Parks since the first Reconciliation Action Plan was launched in 2012.

“In three years we have raised the profile, internally and externally, of local Aboriginal culture and heritage through the introduction of interpretive signage and multimedia content, the introduction of the ‘Aboriginal Heritage Tour’ in November 2014 and an increase in Aboriginal retail product lines that benefit Aboriginal communities,” Mr Jackson said.

The Nature Parks is also a proud supporter of the annual ‘Biyadin’ Shearwater Festival – an exciting event which has brought the Nature Parks, local community and Traditional Owners together to celebrate culture and environmental connections. The Nature Parks’ annual Community Open Day further celebrates Indigenous culture with Elders and community representatives.

“We are extremely proud of the employment of an Aboriginal trainee in our Environment team, achieving Respect Our Culture Certification for our organisation, Reconciliation Week celebrations and hosting an Aboriginal ranger from Martu Country in Western Australia. We are excited about the future possibilities our new RAP will bring.”

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

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Media Enquiries:

Sally O’Neill, Community & Communications, Phillip Island Nature Parks

Call 0408 101 976 Email: sally.oneill@bigpond.com

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