Park News

Honouring National Reconciliation Week

07 Jun 2022

Last Friday over 200 people came on site to honour National Reconciliation Week. The event was also livestreamed to hundreds of people from Newington Armory Theatre with a performance from Jannawi Dance Clan.

We were lucky enough to hear from a panel of speakers who focused on what reconciliation means to them, what our organisations are currently doing and how we can partner in the future to be Brave and Make Change.

The crowds were honoured to have Aunty Kerrie Kenton – a local Wangal Elder who is working with Sydney Olympic Park Authority’s newly formed Reconciliation Action Plan working group.

Other speakers included, Nick Hubble - Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and Lou-Anne Lind - ED, Education and Programs, EPA

The discussion was facilitated by Sonja Freeman (People, Culture and Communications) and Janice Bagot (Environment and Heritage).

This was a special event for Sydney Olympic Park Authority as reconciliation involves actions in every area of our business from commercial agreements and collaboration with developers to ecological management, education and tourism, asset management and HR. 

Sydney Olympic Park Authority is moving from an Innovate level RAP to the 3rd level – Stretch.  This involves connecting to other RAPs and First Nations’ Strategies and taking a leadership role in reconciliation for our Place.

This year the event focused on the theme Be Brave Make Change – this aligned with what DPE is doing to progress towards reconciliation and how we can collaborate to be brave and make change with our colleagues, communities and stakeholders.

This event was presented by Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's Aboriginal People and Culture (APC) team.