News - Reflecting on NAIDOC Week
15 July 2019 Read in 2 minutes

Reflecting on NAIDOC Week

Key highlights
  • Last week teams across Ventia and Visionstream came together for NAIDOC Week
  • NAIDOC Week is about honouring on reflecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements 
  • The First Peoples Working Group also met in person for the first time to finalise Venta's forthcoming Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

Visionstream's Heatherton Office celebrates NAIDOC Week

Last week, teams across Ventia and Visionstream came together for NAIDOC Week, taking time to honour and reflect on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements.

Visionstream team members heard guest speakers Richard Young in Heatherton and Lyn-Al Young in Kingsgrove explain what NAIDOC Week means to them, sharing stories passed down through generations of their families.  

In Perth, Ventia took part in the Deadly Jobs Expo – letting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers know about the opportunities available on our contracts across WA.   

There was also an important milestone in our Burwood office in Victoria, where Ventia’s First Peoples Working Group – part of the Diversity Council – met in person for the first time to finalise our forthcoming Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

During morning tea, Harry Thorne spoke about the symbolism of the Aboriginal flag and the importance of nurturing Indigenous culture for future generations.

Harry Thorne, Ventia's Aboriginal Business Partner, addresses our Burwood Office during NAIDOC Week. To his right is Infrastructure Services EGM, Gordon Taylor.

Infrastructure Services EGM, Gordon Taylor and Working Group chair Alison Coffey also spoke, discussing our commitment – set out in the RAP – to improve our cultural and historical awareness and build our relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.

We’ll be officially launching the RAP soon – so please watch this space.   

Thank you to all our people who took time to attend NAIDOC Week events, whether internally or in the broader community, and especially our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team members for sharing their culture and stories.

Visionstream's Kingsgrove Office enjoyed some  traditional "bush tucker" supplied by Fred’s Bush Tucker

Visionstream's Heatherton and Kingsgrove offices took part in a NAIDOC Week poster competition.

The Burwood office also enjoyed some themed NAIDOC Week cupcakes.