At Transport Canberra and City Services, we have the privilege of maintaining large areas of land within the ACT. Our land management role gives us a unique connection to the Traditional Custodians of the land who have cared for Country for thousands of years. It places a responsibility on us to build strong relationships with Traditional Custodians and strengthen our cultural knowledge to ensure we ethically manage the land.
On Tuesday 24 October 2023, Transport Canberra and City Services launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan. The Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2023-26 (PDF 5.3 MB) builds on our achievements to date and further embeds reconciliation into our business strategies, to ensure it becomes a routine part of our work.
Some of the significant achievements in our previous Reconciliation Action Plan include:
continual employment growth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
creation and recruitment of a Senior Cultural Advisor position to support the organisation in building cultural capability
restoration and reopening of Boomanulla Oval
promotion of Transport Canberra and City Services as an organisation that is safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by displaying our RAP artwork and an Acknowledgement of Country on the Directorate’s fleet vehicles, buildings, buses and on staff uniforms
completion of interim cultural site checks, with 580 sites assessed for cultural significance, cultural trees, and potential future Indigenous land management to assist us to better manage cultural sites.
Our attention is now looking forward to delivering on the commitments of our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2023-26 (PDF 5.3 MB) with a key focus on continuing to build and nurture stronger and more meaningful relationships between Traditional Custodians, the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the ACT Government.
The artwork “You may leave your footprints here” was created for Transport Canberra and City Services Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2023-26 by mother and daughter artists Lynnice Church and Leilani Keen-Church. Learn more about the artwork from the artists themselves in this video.
We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the ACT and recognise any other people or families with connection to the lands of the ACT and region. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.