Barpa News Update
Since our last news update, the Barpa team has been busy on multiple fronts. As a majority owned indigenous business, Barpa recognised the recent National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week, by participating and sponsoring multiple community and corporate events. National Sorry Day acknowledges the impact of forcible removal policies on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, known as the Stolen Generations.
National Reconciliation Week ran from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. 2016 was a significant milestone for reconciliation in Australia as it marked the 25th year. The week is an annual celebration, and a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
In other news, we have continued to secure additional work, and are thrilled to announce that Barpa has been awarded three new projects since our last update.
In New South Wales, continuing the successful relationship between Cockram Construction and the Australia Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Barpa has recently been awarded a project to extend the Waste Management Services Building within the high security precinct in South Sydney’s Lucas Heights.
In the Northern Territory, we are undertaking heritage project works for The Royal Australian Air Force in Darwin and in Western Australia, we have been awarded project works for The Royal Australian Air Force at their Learmonth base. We have employed a number of new indigenous staff to work on these projects.
National Reconciliation Week: Our History, Our Story, Our Future.
As Australians, we are all here, woven into this country.
As part of our reconciliation journey, there are truths to tell, stories to celebrate, and relationships to grow.
Reconciliation is at the heart of our nations’ future.
Left: Barpa’s Alex Kerr conducted a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at the National Sorry Day breakfast with the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) and Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV).
Right: Barpa team members took part in The Long Walk in late May. The walk is inspired by Michael Long’s 2004 walk to Canberra to get the lives of indigenous people back on the National Agenda. The walk starts at Federation Square in Melbourne and finishes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the indigenous AFL round.
Barpa sponsored the 2016 Dreamtime Careers Expo at the Korin Gamadji Institute as part of National Reconciliation Week. The event attracted over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders from across Australia looking for career opportunities.
Left: A Welcome to Country was completed by Charles Madden, a Gadigal man of the Eora Nation at Barpa’s HMAS Penguin project. This event involved Barpa being welcomed to the Eora Nation lands and coincided with the commencement of Barpa’s construction works on the base.
Right: Barpa directors, staff and current clients attended the “Dream Time at the G” AFL football match between Essendon and Richmond as part of National Reconciliation Week.