Reconciliation

We can’t manage our environment through engineering and scientific solutions alone. We must learn and incorporate the tens of thousands of years of knowledge and understanding from Traditional Custodians.

We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of this nation. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work, and of the water on which we rely. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

We value the continuing cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our community and their ongoing connection to the land and water over many thousands of years.

We’re committed to strong, meaningful partnerships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups to achieve positive and prosperous outcomes for all.

Reconciliation Action Plan

Our Reconciliation Action Plan outlines our journey to improve and enhance our relationships with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, and a commitment to incorporate these values into our business.

The plan demonstrates our commitment to reconciliation and details how we will enhance engagement and recognition of Indigenous history and culture, including:

  • increased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples participation in water resource management
  • incorporating Indigenous histories and cultures into water planning and management
  • fostering strong relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by working together on strategic projects and business partnerships.

Our vision for reconciliation is for all peoples to stand unified in an inclusive and connected community.

Our first Reconciliation Action Plan was launched in May 2018, and now stands as a special occasion in our history.  A new Reconciliation Action Plan is being developed and is expected to be launched in 2021.

Traditional Owners

Our service region includes parts of the traditional lands of Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar, the Registered Aboriginal Parties and Traditional Owners.

The boundaries drawn on this map are indicative and are for illustrative purposes only.

Our vision for reconciliation

Our vision for reconciliation is for all peoples to stand unified in an inclusive and connected community.

We have respectful and meaningful relationships with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, supporting a shared commitment to Caring for Country.

We strive to incorporate indigenous values into everything we do and are committed to enhancing economic and employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.