Our Reflect RAP

In June 2018, we launched our first Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to begin our reconciliation journey.

The Reflect RAP will support our sustainability and diversity and inclusion objectives – to shape better communities and foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates difference.

As a large landholder, owner and manager of important community spaces, our RAP will help us identify ways in which we can build better relationships with Traditional Owners and continuing Custodians of the land upon which we operate.

Our Reflect RAP puts in place the guide rails and stepping stones to take practical action within our sphere of influence. It focuses on learning and development opportunities to help our people gain knowledge of Australia’s rich cultural heritage and enables us to unearth new and innovative business opportunities that benefit both Vicinity and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Click here to download our Reflect RAP.

Case study: Celebrating NAIDOC Week at Karratha


NAIDOC Week celebrations at Karratha City Centre (WA)

In July 2018, Vicinity’s Karratha City Shopping Centre hosted a community event to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 and pay tribute to its local Indigenous women through an interactive community event.

The theme of this year’s celebration was “Because of Her, we Can”, honouring the local Indigenous women, past and present, of Ngarluma, Yindjibarndi, Martuthunia and Yaburara People, and their unique skills, traditions and knowledge.

As part of the celebrations, the centre transformed its outdoor area into a village, welcoming over 1700 people from the local community to join in activities such as boomerang and canvas painting, aboriginal face painting, damper making, bush medicine demonstrations, and sampling traditional foods such as roo tail stew.

NAIDOC Week 2018 celebrations were also held at ten other centres across our portfolio, as well as our national office in Chadstone, where we hosted an Indigenous artist to hold an interactive arts and stories event for our people. Vicinity’s Bayside Shopping Centre in Frankston (VIC) conducted a traditional smoking ceremony, an ancient indigenous custom that involves burning of native plants to produce smoke in order to ward off bad spirits and clear the path to a brighter future.

Our nationwide celebrations reflect Vicinity’s commitment to shape better communities through our RAP, which is an important part of our approach to sustainability and diversity and inclusion.

 

Traditional smoking ceremony at Bayside Shopping Centre (VIC)