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City West Water

Launch Of Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan

City West Water has launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-19 at the Koorie Heritage Trust Cultural Centre at Federation Square.

The Innovate RAP builds upon City West Water’s 2014/15 RAP, and extends the corporation’s commitments to further develop meaningful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to enhance respect, understanding and collaboration.


Key actions arising from the Innovate RAP, under the themes of relationships, respect and opportunities include:

  • Relationships: City West Water’s RAP Working Group will meet four times a year, and will actively monitor and report on RAP development and implementation of actions, tracking progress and reporting
  • Respect: A cultural awareness and training strategy for City West Water staff will be developed and implemented, and provide staff with online, face-to-face workshops and/or cultural immersion.
  • Opportunities: An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment and retention strategy will be developed and implemented to improve employment outcomes within City West Water’s workforce.

City West Water Managing Director, David Ryan, said the launch of the Innovate RAP is an important milestone in the corporation’s commitment to playing a leadership role in the community to promote reconciliation, build respect and raise cultural awareness.


“Our Innovate RAP outlines City West Water’s vision for a society that celebrates and protects the ongoing cultural and spiritual connections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the surrounding lands and waters.


“It promotes greater understanding and recognition of the social and cultural significance of water to our country’s Traditional Owners, and how we can better integrate that into the way we deliver our services.


“The RAP identifies tangible steps that we will take in order to achieve this vision while working toward being an exceptional service provider that puts customers first and benefits the community.”


To view the Innovate RAP, visit https://www.citywestwater.com.au/about_us/reports_publications/reconciliation_action_plan.aspx