Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub

Build meaningful and respectful relationships with your Aboriginal colleagues, and learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the role you play to support our 15 RAP commitments.

The Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub provides information, support and guidance on:

  • Aboriginal cultural awareness, initiatives and events
  • Progress updates on our RAP commitments and the role you play
  • Making Aboriginal people feel welcome and valued at Transport for NSW
  • Protocols for community consultation and meaningful engagement in programs and initiatives.

As custodians of Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal people alone possess the knowledge, skills and experiences to give authenticity to Aboriginal programs and initiatives. Building genuine partnerships and consulting Aboriginal people and communities is imperative to leveraging this expertise.

Build meaningful and respectful relationships with your Aboriginal colleagues, and learn more about our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the role you play to support our 15 RAP commitments.

The Aboriginal Cultural Education Hub provides information, support and guidance on:

  • Aboriginal cultural awareness, initiatives and events
  • Progress updates on our RAP commitments and the role you play
  • Making Aboriginal people feel welcome and valued at Transport for NSW
  • Protocols for community consultation and meaningful engagement in programs and initiatives.

As custodians of Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal people alone possess the knowledge, skills and experiences to give authenticity to Aboriginal programs and initiatives. Building genuine partnerships and consulting Aboriginal people and communities is imperative to leveraging this expertise.

  • New Aboriginal Maritime Safety Resources

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    New resources aimed at improving safety for Aboriginal people on NSW waterways have been launched by Transport for NSW as part of NAIDOC week. The resources aim to promote and encourage safer boating behaviours and include a boating safety animation, Aboriginal Boating Safety Champion video and a downloadable colouring book with drawings by an Indigenous artist. These new resources will be a valuable asset for Boating Safety and Education Officers when interacting with community.

    For more information please visit lifejacketwearit.com.au.






  • NAIDOC Week 2021 Events

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    How we're celebrating NAIDOC Week

    NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July (4-11) and this years theme is Heal Country! This calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

    Download the NAIDOC Week 2021 Toolkit here for further event ideas and suggestions.

    See the table below to find out how Transport is celebrating!


    Division Event description Location, date and time Event type (i.e. open or closed) Registration details
    STA

    Launching final NAIDOC bus into service. Followed by a short ceremony with local Aboriginal elder Uncle Max and morning tea.
    *postponed due to COVID Open Calendar Invitation
    TfNSW


    2021 sees the return of the successful NAIDOC Week Trivia Lunch in which we learn about and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



    *Cancelled due to COVID Open NA
    People and Culture

    Virtual P&C NAIDOC celebration in the form of a game of Trivia with prizes for five lucky winners!

    Thursday 8 July, 10:00am - 10:45am Open Calendar Invite
    Regional and Outer Metropolitan
    NAIDOC Week livestream including a live performance of a cultural burn by an Ngemba Gamilaraay man Christopher “Burra” McHughes.

    There has been a real resurgence over the last few years in this traditional Aboriginal practice which is intended to heal the land and promote biodiversity. What’s particularly exciting is how well this ties in with this year’s NAIDOC week theme: Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

    Thursday 8 July,
    11:30am
    Open

    Click here to join the livestream at 11:30am

    NSW Trains
    Unveiling Aboriginal artwork by local artists Angela Marr-Grogan outside Wauchope station. Wauchope Station, Friday 9 July, 10:00am Open N/A



  • How we celebrated National Reconciliation Week 2021

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    Wondering what Transport is doing to support reconciliation? Quite a lot, actually!

    We marked the beginning of National Reconciliation Week with a fabulous Transport-wide event, joined by over 2,000 people from across the state, either in person or online.

    It was an opportunity to learn of the breadth and impact of programs Transport delivers in an effort to achieve reconciliation. A panel of passionate and talented Transport people gave the audience just a taste of the diverse range of initiatives and programs happening across the business.

    The event also included a special address by one of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal journalist, Karla Grant, who shared with us the story of her life and how she has become a well-known presenter in the media industry and called on everyone to take action, because reconciliation is everyone’s business.

    National Sorry Day with Sydney Trains

    Sydney Trains staff gathered to commemorate National Sorry Day on 26 May with an event at our Burwood office.

    We met to recognise the significance of the day, remembering the injustice, suffering and grief experienced by the Stolen Generations.

    After a stirring welcome to country, Sydney Trains Acting Chief Executive Pete Church delivered the keynote address, followed by emotional accounts by Uncle Michael (Widdy) and Aunty Fay, who shared their stories of being members of the Stolen Generations.

    Finally, we all shared a feed and had a yarn about what National Reconciliation Week meant to us.



  • National Reconciliation Week 2021 Events

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    How we're celebrating National Reconciliation Week

    This year, in alignment with the theme More than a word. Reconciliation takes action and moving from awareness to action, we want to challenge you to a call to action.

    See the table below for what's available!

    Division/agency

    Event description

    Date, time and location

    Event type

    Registration details


    Diversity & Inclusion

    Sydney Metro



    Aboriginal Cultural Sunrise Tour

    The Royal Botanic Garden will provide a 1.5 hour tour of the gardens learning about Aboriginal heritage & exploring plant uses, culture, artefacts while watching the sunrise over Sydney Harbour.


    *This event has been postponed




    Senior Leaders & Executives only


    N/A



    Diversity & Inclusion

    Sydney Metro



    Aboriginal Cultural Education Session

    A series of Aboriginal Cultural Education sessions have been made available for Sydney Metro employees.



    Tuesday 18 May,

    8:45am-5:00pm


    Level 43, George Street


    Available only to Sydney Metro


    Register now for the Aboriginal Cultural Education Session


    All of Transport



    Join us as we hear more about the brave and impactful actions Transport is taking towards achieving reconciliation. You’ll also hear from our Reconciliation Action Plan team about how you can get involved in our reconciliation journey.


    Thursday 27 May 2021

    Event & Livestream: 10am - 11.30am


    York Theatre, Seymour Centre

    Cnr City Road & Cleveland Street

    Chippendale, NSW 2008



    Open


    Register now to join via livestream (in person registrations are now closed).


    Greater Sydney/Sydney Trains


    Welcome to Country by Craig Madden

    Key note address from Peter Church

    Stolen Generations - sharing their stories from Cootamundra girls and Kinchela Boys

    Video/song by kinchela Boys

    Bush Tucker Lunch



    Wednesday 26 May,

    12pm - 1:30pm

    Lunch Room, Level 4, 36-46 George Street, Burwood



    Closed at 60 participants - registration is required


    *TBC



    Infrastructure & Place, Technical Services

    Technical Services branch in conjunction with ROM are organising a Reconciliation Week event at Parramatta

    It involves a walk along a short section of the Parramatta River near the Octagon building with Nigel Robinson from ROM discussing Reconciliation week themes.

    A similar event was held a few years ago and was very successful.

    There will be 3 sessions Friday 28 May at Parramatta

    • 9.30 - 10.15
    • 11.00 - 11.45
    • 1.30 - 2.15

    Each session concludes with a small morning or afternoon tea


    Each session is limited to approx. 20 people and we will be organising a booking system. Invite to Branch


    People and Culture


    National Reconciliation Week Newsletter


    Friday 29 May


    Open




    N/A




    Infrastructure & Place, Sydney Project Delivery (SPD)


    SPD Morning Tea

    The SPD morning will have 2021 NRW posters, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Music to set the scene. 2020 Vet Cadet Katrina Vaitaki from Sydney Gateway will do an Acknowledgement of Country and share her journey before breaking for morning tea.
    Tuesday 1 June, 10:00-11:00am Closed to SPD Staff Invite sent to staff
    Corporate Services
    You Can't Ask That!

    Transport Secretary Rob Sharp will open the event, together with Acting Deputy Secretary Corporate Services, Fiona Trussell.

    Group General Counsel, Sally Webb will host a guest panel for an informal, candid conversation that draws on their personal experiences. Panelists from across Transport will include:

    • Glenn Johnston, Strategic Relationship Manager, Finance and Business Services, Sydney Trains
    • Royston Douglas, Project Manager, Aboriginal Participation, Infrastructure and Place
    • Bec Blurton, Business Manager, Corporate Services
    • Sherry Ann Toomey, Manager Aboriginal Employment, People and Culture

    Tuesday 1 June 11:30am - 12:30am


    Open

    Click here to join Microsoft Teams Meeting


    Office of the Secretary

    Morning Tea

    Guest speaker and Aboriginal man Adam Davids (Director of Learning, CareerTrackers) will be talking about reconciliation, what it means and how we can participate in closing the gap.

    This will be followed by a Q&A session


    Wednesday 2 June,

    11:00am

    11.MR.04 Level 11, 231 Elizabeth Street


    Closed: Available only to Office of the Secretary staff NA
    People and Culture
    National Reconciliation Week themed Monthly Divisional All-In Event


    Thursday 3 June,

    10:00 – 11:00am


    Closed:
    Available only to P&C Staff

    P&C Staff will receive calendar invitation


    Point to Point
    Livestream with Jason Gordon who will discuss his own story and the theme for NRW.
    A virtual reconciliation wall will be launched at this livestream as well as a dedicated NRW video that will share what Point to Point employees think about reconciliation.
    Thursday 3 June,
    11:00am - 11:30am

    Closed Calendar Invitation
    Safety, Environment and Regulation/ Environmental and Sustainability

    Environment and Sustainability Branch National Reconciliation Week Event

    • Acknowledgement of Country
    • Connecting with Country: Project case study/s and sustainability
    • Acknowledgement of Country initiative and Branch breakout session: Reconciliation initiatives
    • Morning tea with Aboriginal inspired food
    • Optional lunchtime visit at the Australian Museum exhibition – Unsettled https://australian.museum/
    Thursday 7 June, 9:30am - 12:00pm

    National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, Redfern
    Closed: Environmental and Sustainability Branch By Invite via Microsoft Teams
    Infrastructure & Place

    Aboriginal walkabout tour in the Blue Mountains

    9 June Closed to I&P Executives NA
    Southern Region Sharing Stories of Reconciliation Luncheon

    We’re inviting staff around the region to break bread and showcase their own stories of reconciliation.

    In the context of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander relationships; work, co-workers, community, home or other we’re looking to celebrate the yarns, experiences and great models of reconciliation.

    Alternatively come along on the day to hear others share their stories, ask questions and participate in the event.


    11:00am – 1:00pm

    90 Crown Street, Level 5 Common Area
    All staff welcome

    To register Please email

    Layne.Brown@transport.nsw.gov.au

    Or

    Tabthan.Cann@transport.nsw.gov.au


    Western Region


    You are invited to the Reconciliation celebration event in the Parkes office.

    Come and see the reconciliation garden and hear about the Australian bush foods and medicine plants. (Note that the new plants will not be replacing the already flourishing plants in place in the courtyard, they will enhance the atmosphere,

    this is part of a beautiful reconciliation story and represents living in harmony.)



    10.30am – 11.30am

    TfNSW Parkes Office Court Card
    All staff are welcome To Register Please email Lee.Pearson@transport.nsw.gov.au
    Infrastructure & Place
    Lunch and Learn on Signposting initiatives

    7 June Open *TBC


    *Note events will continue to be updated.





  • Our mob is stronger together

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    Yarn Up: Connecting Transport’s Mob was an opportunity for our Aboriginal people to reconnect, develop their personal brand and share insights on taking care of spirit, mind and body.

    Nearly 200 people from across NSW joined the event on 18 March either in person or online to hear from external speakers and to connect with colleagues.

    As attendee Mark Champley described it, the event, which is normally held twice annually, but had been postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, was ‘definitely worth the wait.’

    See the highlights!


    The future of branding is personal

    The morning started with a conversation on personal branding from LinkedIn’s David Brophy and Transport’s Deputy Executive Director Reid Johnson. Not only is LinkedIn a great job board, attendees heard, it gives you the opportunity to showcase who you are and what your personal brand is.

    LinkedIn tips from two experts

    1. Get your picture taken! Your profile is seven times more likely to be viewed with a profile picture. What does a good profile picture look like? Make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the frame, the photo was taken recently and avoid distracting backgrounds.
    2. What makes you unique? Find what makes you stand out and write your story on your profile.
    3. Keep your experience up to date. Set aside some time to update your recent career experiences, the different projects you may have worked on and your most recent relevant skills.
    4. Create meaningful connections. LinkedIn is the easiest way to grow your networks, but you should send requests to connect with purpose. You can do this by following up meetings, conversations or events with the person you would like to connect with.

    Our Mob is stronger together

    Joe Williams, proud Wiradjuri and Wolgalu man, shared his insights on how Aboriginal people are stronger together. With the world social distancing, he said, most Aboriginal people reduced their visits home to Country. Joe reminded the audience to go back, take the time to reconnect spiritually. “If we take care of our spirit, we will begin to heal our mind and body,” said Joe.

    Attendee Rebecca Hyland said Joe’s session was an important reminder to visit home. “I cannot wait to plant my feet and my children’s feet on country,”

    Our future is bright

    The event wrapped up with Today Show entertainment reporter Brooke Boney. “She reminded us all to never give up on our pathway and continue rising despite the challenge,” said Rebecca.

    Catch the action from the day


    Below are the time codes for each session to help you find what you are looking for.

    The Future of Branding is Personal: 14:55 - 41:19

    Our mob is stronger together: 43:41 - 1:29:43

    Our future is bright: 1:30:00 - 1:53:50

    A second Yarn Up event is planned for September 2021.



  • An invitation to the Aboriginal Staff Forum

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    We’re kicking off the first of our two-part series of the Aboriginal Staff Forum for 2021 with Yarn Up: Connecting Transport’s Mob. This event is a great opportunity for our Aboriginal colleagues to reconnect and have a yarn with mob.

    This event will focus on two things you’ve told us were important – your career and your wellbeing.

    • LinkedIn’s David Brophy and Transport’s Deputy Executive Director Reid Johnson will lead the conversation on why personal branding is important for everyone and get you started to making your career one of a kind.
    • Proud Wiradjuri and Wolgalu man Joe Williams will guide us on how we can support each other and be comfortable talking about our mental health.
    • The Today Show entertainment reporter, Brooke Boney, will share her story on how she has established herself as a successful journalist and where she plans to go in the future.

    Registrations are open to all Aboriginal people to attend the event in person or join the conversation virtually.

    Event details

    Thursday 18 March

    • 9am – 1pm: at International Convention Centre Sydney or
    • 10am – 12pm: via live broadcast

    Register for the event.

    Help us connect all of Transport’s mob and share this invitation with your Aboriginal colleagues.

    More events to come

    Look out for an invitation to a second Aboriginal Staff forum event, to be held later this year. The new format aims to provide more accessibility for Aboriginal colleagues, an additional opportunity to connect each year and keep current on what’s happening across Transport.

  • Taking steps toward reconciliation

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    Many of the transport routes we use today – from rail lines, to roads, to water crossings – follow the traditional Songlines, trade routes and ceremonial paths in Country.

    Transport’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2019 - 2021, pays respect to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of the lands where we work. We developed it to make a positive difference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in areas such as employment, empowerment and economic development, and to enhance the cultural understanding of our non-Indigenous workforce.

    Despite the crisis of the pandemic this year, which has delivered a few bumps on the road to reconciliation, our teams have not stopped building and strengthening relationships, celebrating culture and creating employment and career development opportunities.

    We are proud to say we are making great strides with our RAP and achieving our goals.

    Here are some of this year’s highlights.

    Celebrating National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week

    National Reconciliation Week 2020 marked twenty years of shaping Australia's journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. At Transport, a special livestreamed webisode featuring renowned journalist and proud Kamilaroi man, Ray Martin AM, was watched by more than 3,000 Transport colleagues, and teams across Transport identifed actions they could take to contribute to our National Reconciliation Action Plan. See the webisode .

    During NAIDOC Week 2020 we celebrated and marked the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with a NAIDOC wrapped bus, smoking ceremonies, NAIDOC trivia and many other events. See the pics .

    Launching the Aboriginal Maritime Safety Plan

    We developed and launched an Aboriginal Maritime Safety Plan, to prevent boating fatalities and serious injuries. The plan was developed in partnership with the Aboriginal community, to build and strengthen relationships and celebrate Aboriginal maritime culture.

    Recruiting more Aboriginal people to Transport

    Our targeted recruitment campaigns in Sydney Trains have seen more than 16 train guard roles, 16 customer service attendants, 8 trainee signallers and 20 apprentice positions open for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Consulting with people on the RAP

    We held four workshops (with around 80 participants per session), which provided the opportunity for people from across Transport to work together on plans to implement our RAP.

    Aboriginal naming of Transport assets

    Promoting and nurturing Aboriginal languages across NSW is important in respecting and celebrating culture. We announced the naming of our new Regional Rail Maintenance Facility at Dubbo. It’s named Mindyarra (pronounced Min-dga—rra), a Wiradjuri word, which means ‘to fix or to repair.’ Watch the video here.

    Launching new high visibility safety vests

    Our new safety vests feature the Aboriginal serpent design. These designs are unique to Transport and acknowledge our Aboriginal heritage, commitment to reconciliation and the significant work that our Aboriginal teams do in our communities, every day. Watch the video:


    Increasing Aboriginal supplier diversity

    Greater Sydney had a hand in the increase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity, supporting the Aboriginal economy through its Sydney Yard Access Bridge, Tunnel Station Excavation and Central Station Mainworks projects.

    Mentoring to build respectful relationships

    In August we graduated our fourth cohort of mentees from our Aboriginal Career Development and Mentoring Program, which brings Aboriginal employees together with senior Transport leaders to support their progress into management and senior roles. Seventy employees have now completed the program since it was launched in 2016. As at our graduation, 50% of mentees graduating had moved into more senior roles since starting the program. Find out more .

    Like to see more highlights?

    For more highights of our RAP achievements in 2020, download our Reconciliation Action Plan 2020 wrap up document.

    What's next?

    In 2021, we will continue to deliver on our current RAP and start to build our plans for the next RAP at Transport. To make it this far in our journey to reconciliation it has taken the commitment of many people within Transport as well as communities across NSW. To everyone who has contributed, please know that every positive action counts – no matter if big or small - and we are grateful for everything you do.


  • First Acknowledgement of Country signs on NSW roads

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    The Yaegl people of the lower Clarence Valley and the Darkinjung people of the Central Coast will pilot a program to signpost Aboriginal Country using Aboriginal language, with six signs installed in Yaegl Country and six in Darkinjung Country.

    Protocols for welcoming visitors to Country and offering safe passage have been part of Aboriginal culture for thousands of years.

    The signs came about after an elder from Yaegl reached out to Garry Ferguson, Senior Aboriginal Engagement Specialist in North region, to say they wanted some signs to tell people whose country it is. This request was brought to the Traffic Engineering Services team, who initiated and led a collaborative project to deliver not only a sign for the Yaegl nation, but establishment of a TfNSW Signposting Country policy that would support the installation of these signs on State roads across NSW.

    Successful collaboration with the community and multiple Transport groups across Infrastructure and Place, Regional and Outer Metropolitan and Customer Strategy and Technology, enabled Traffic Engineering Services to successfully deliver this pilot project.

    Collaboration delivers multiple benefits

    George Shearer, Principal Manager Aboriginal Engagement Team, said that there are so many benefits to installing the signs. “It recognises Aboriginal people as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the land, and it informs the wider community with insights of the world’s oldest continuing culture.”

    The program is also helping to achieve the Aboriginal Languages Act 2017, which seeks to promote, reawaken, nurture and grow Aboriginal languages across NSW.

    More importantly, says George, “It’s educating people, supporting someone to be proud of who they are, it’s helping strengthen their connection and cultural identity, and improving wellbeing that will help our communities.”

    Commenting on the process, David Lance, from the Traffic Engineering team encouraged others who had an idea to do something to help achieve reconciliation, to reach out to other teams.

    “Often people feel uncomfortable and worry about doing the wrong thing, so they do nothing,” said David. “A couple of white fellas couldn’t write this policy on their own. A big part of this has been us getting to know more about the Aboriginal culture. It has been a really valuable experience for us.”

    Blueprint for future signage

    Once the pilot is completed, the Traffic Engineering team’s Signposting Country Technical Manual will be a blueprint that can be used by any team in Transport, providing guidelines for incorporating Acknowledgement of Country signage into the delivery of major projects, or when replacing existing signage.

    Congratulations to all involved who have worked on this important initiative, including Kellee McGilvray, David Lance, Jon Avery and Phil Oliver from Technical Services and George Shearer, Garry Ferguson and David Nalder from the Aboriginal Engagement team.

    A special thanks to North region teams (ROM - Community and Place branch) for their support in delivering on the initiative, and RAP sponsors of the project Jason Gordon and Peter Church.



    See the signs!

    Look out for the signs when you’re heading up the north coast this summer, and remember to respect and recognise the long-standing Aboriginal culture of the country you are travelling through.

    Darkinjung signs

    • M1 Pacific Motorway, northbound – north of the Hawkesbury River near Cheero Point (Jolls Bridge)
    • Empire Bay Drive, northbound – north of Wards Hill Road at Empire Bay
    • Pacific Highway, eastbound – south of Walmsley Road at Ourimbah
    • M1 Pacific Motorway, southbound – north of the Warnervale (Sparks Road) interchange at Bushells Ridge
    • Scenic Drive, southbound – south of the Pacific Highway near Doyalson
    • Pacific Highway, southbound – south of Montefiore Street, south of Catherine Hill Bay

    Yaegl signs

    • M1 Pacific Motorway southbound – Chatsworth Island (early 2021)
    • M1 Pacific Motorway – north of Black Snake Creek, east of Grafton (early 2021)
    • Big River Way, northbound – north of Ulmarra ferry access
    • Big River Way, southbound – south of Tucabia-Tyndale Road
    • M1 Pacific Motorway, southbound on-ramp – Yamba interchange
    • M1 Pacific Motorway, southbound – Maclean interchange

    This initiative contributes to a number of the agreed actions set out in our Reconciliation Action Plan including:

    • Action 9: Increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander supplier diversity to support improved economic and social outcomes
    • Action 10: Promote respect for Aboriginal heritage and increase inclusion of Aboriginal art.
    • Action 11: Embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander co-design principles across Transport Cluster Projects

    View the original article here.

  • NAIDOC Trivia Winners Breakfast with Hon. Linda Burney MP

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    In mid-November, Transport for NSW celebrated NAIDOC week by hosting a Trivia event at Doltone House. On Wednesday 25th November, the two winning teams from trivia had to opportunity to attend the winner’s breakfast with special guest the Hon. Linda Burney MP. Attendees at the breakfast included over 30 colleagues across Sydney Trains, People and Culture, and Regional and Outer Metropolitan.

    The Hon. Linda Burney MP is a proud Wiradjuri woman and a prominent Aboriginal leader, spending over 30 years working in Aboriginal affairs. Linda was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to the NSW Parliament and the first Aboriginal woman to serve in the Australian House of Representatives.

    The breakfast was an amazing opportunity to hear from Linda about her personal journey, her challenges and triumphs. Linda spoke on a personal level to everyone present, sharing insights into her childhood, family and career. The key takeaway that was emphasised throughout the talk was to show compassion, stay connected, and do your best for the people counting on you.

    It was certainly a rewarding experience for all.


  • ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’: a deadly NAIDOC Week

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    Transport people right across the state were proud to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and to recognise their contributions to our business, country and society, during or around NAIDOC Week 2020. View the full article here.


    NAIDOC-wrapped bus

    Members of our STA team unveiled a NAIDOC-wrapped bus and held a smoking ceremony to welcome it to the fleet. The bus is now tracing traditional songlines for customers on routes through Macquarie Park, Ryde, Gladesville, Epping, CBD, Parramatta and Olympic Park. Watch the video below:


    Smoking ceremony at Central Station

    The NSW TrainLink event started with a smoking ceremony, an ancient custom to welcome people into a camp, ward off bad spirits, acknowledge ancestors and pay respect to the land and sea of Country. Chief Executive, Pete Allaway, told guests how important NAIDOC Week is to NSW TrainLink, you can watch the video of Pete’s address here . Guest speaker Uncle Shane Phillips, CEO of Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation, with cultural connections to Bundjalung, Wonnarua and Bidjigal communities, gave a very engaging and informative address, you can watch the video of Uncle Shane’s address here.

    A deadly trivia event

    Over 200 colleagues went head-to-head in teams to test their knowledge at the annual Transport NAIDOC Week Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themed trivia event. Congratulations to the winning teams of Sydney Trains, People and Culture and Regional and Outer Metropolitan colleagues, whose win has earned them a seat at a winners’ breakfast, with special guest the Hon. Linda Burney MP, later in November.


    The naming of Mindyarra: our new regional rail maintenance facility

    We announced the naming of our new Regional Rail Maintenance Facility at Dubbo. It’s named Mindyarra (pronounced Min-dga—rra), a Wiradjuri word, which means ‘to fix or to repair.’ The name was chosen in collaboration with the Regional Rail Project’s Aboriginal Working Group and representatives from Aboriginal organisations, and represents the work that will occur at the facility and the work we’re doing to create a future of healing with the Traditional Owners of the land. Watch the video here.


    Aboriginal language in conversation

    Region North partnered with the Aboriginal Engagement team of CST to host an online discussion panel with respected guests Professor John Maynard, Dr Ray Kelly and Gary Williams. The thought -provoking conversation explored the relationship between Aboriginal and language and how all people can assist in language revitalisation.


    Wirradoo bush food and medicine garden

    The Wirradoo bush food and medicine garden opened in NAIDOC Week. It will grow as a living legacy of the strong partnership between the people of Boggabilla and Toomelah in western NSW and the Regional and Outer Metropolitan team that worked on the Newell Highway Upgrade. Working with community elders and stakeholders, a hectare was set aside for the garden at Boggabilla Central School with 6 zones that will make up the final garden, each named after a culturally significant site.

    Point to Point Commission’s bush tucker challenge

    Collecting and preparing food, understanding native ingredients and sharing recipes are all a part of the First People’s rich culture. Point to Point colleague, mother (and great cook!) Tressa Jackson took up the division’s challenge to bake her own traditional damper bread, with the help of her adorable daughters. See how it’s done, and get the recipe:


    Our inaugural Aboriginal Maritime Safety Plan

    We launched a plan to prevent boating fatalities and serious injuries involving Aboriginal people. The plan supports the vision of our Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021, especially in how it seeks to build and strengthen relationships and celebrate Aboriginal maritime culture. Learn more about the Aboriginal Maritime Safety Plan and watch the launch video:


    Where’s your mob from? Interactive map

    This new interactive map showcases stories of Country and cultural connection from our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues. (please view the link in the Chrome or Edge browser). Meet some of your First Nation colleagues and read their stories.


    New Aboriginal Engagement Portal

    The distinctive design of this new resource was created by Saretta Fielding, an Aboriginal artist of the Wonnarua Nation. Visit the portal for cultural advice on projects, events and cultural matters, procurement information and more (please view the link in the Chrome or Edge browser).


    Wiradjuri Wheels hit the road

    We officially launched Wiradjuri Wheels, a community transport project to help the youth of Wellington and the nearby Aboriginal village of Nanima. The project employs local drivers to pick up kids from school and drop them off in and around the Wellington area – a much needed service in an area with limited public transport options. The Transport Access Regional Partnerships Grants program (TARP) provided funding to the project which will see 10 drivers to get their Medium Rigid License. In exchange, the drivers will donate at least 40 driving hours, using the bus owned by the local Aboriginal Lands Council.


    Redfern artwork – Always

    Sydney Trains colleagues came together to celebrate NAIDOC Week and to launch the ‘Always’ artwork, by Aboriginal artist, Reko Rennie. Look out for it if you’re travelling through Redfern. Watch the video below:


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