Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
SHAPE’s journey towards Reconciliation began in 2015 when we first encountered the Australian Federal Governments Indigenous procurement policy. This Federal Government initiative, designed to increase participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in employment and procurement, sparked a desire to understand how SHAPE could play a role and respond more fully to the requirements and spirit of the policy.
SHAPE’s vision towards Closing the Gap led us to implement our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which then evolved into our Innovate Reconciliation Action plan.
We have a vision of an Australia where there are equal opportunities for all, where all Australians that have not had a fair go deserve the chance to experience better. So for SHAPE’s Annual Give Back Week this year, some of our states decided to focus our efforts on supporting their local Indigenous Communities.
Our Sydney Team chose to reinvigorate Tranby Indigenous Adult Education & Training Centre in the inner-city suburb of Glebe. Founded in 1957, Tranby is Australia’s oldest independent Indigenous education provider and has long been a place of strong community and social & political action for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Relying mostly on government funding and donations the centre was in need of a spruce up.
With the help of our generous subcontractors, our Shapians were able to refurbish 3 classrooms, a kitchen/break out space including all new furniture, appliances and joinery, as well as pressure hose, clean and replant the surrounding gardens with Australian native & edible plants. The end result was stunning with Tranby hosting an official opening event last Friday.
See the entire journey below.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the following business who generously donated their time and resources to help us reinvigorate Tranby!
SHAPE would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land sea and skies on which our SHAPE offices reside, as well as the many traditional owners from over 500 different clan groups on land we have been or are now working on, we are grateful to those who have cared for, nurtured and protected this country for future generations and pay our respects to our elders past, present and emerging.