Our Reconciliation Action Plan
Our Reconciliation Action Plan, and the process we went through to prepare it, symbolises our move towards a much broader and deeper commitment to reconciliation, building relationships across our business with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Our vision for reconciliation
We have enduring, proactive and respectful relationships with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. These relationships support developing a shared commitment to Country, water and thriving communities. Over the next two years, we will focus on three key areas: relationships, respect and opportunities.
At Yarra Valley Water, our purpose is to deliver exemplary water and sanitation services that contribute to the health and wellbeing of current and future generations. We touch the lives of our customers multiple times a day, and we also play an active role in the community in which we operate.
It is important to us that our customers and our community, support and have confidence in what we do, and that our services reflect their needs. It is therefore crucial that we build and maintain good relationships and work in partnership wherever possible. It is in this spirit that building enduring, respectful relationships with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is of great value to us and we want it to be for them too.
We will focus on: developing our relationships across the business with Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to support meaningful consultation and engagement, and achieve greater inclusion and participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the water sector.
Our approach to community engagement is based on principles of mutual respect, trust, and effective communication and collaboration. We recognise that we have a much to learn collectively and as individuals about Aboriginal peoples' histories, culture and their connection to Country and water. This knowledge is important for us to be able to engage and work in a respectful way. As we jointly develop our capabilities to meaningfully engage with each other, this will strengthen the programs and services that we deliver.
We will focus on: engaging employees with cultural learning opportunities and empowering staff to be more culturally responsive. By strengthening our existing programs to reflect our Reconciliation Action Plan commitments, we aim to support greater involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our customer and community programs.
Yarra Valley Water is committed to providing opportunities that support building the capacity and capabilities of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including employment and economic opportunities as well as addressing inequality. We recognise the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have in our work as customers, suppliers, contractors and employees and the related contribution to our long-term success in the local community.
We will focus on: identifying and supporting employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and supporting procurement opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned businesses.