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Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country

Transport for NSW acknowledges Aboriginali people as the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways on which we build infrastructure, deliver projects and serve Transport’s customers and are grateful to Elders past and present for their continual leadership.

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 that our nation’s First Peoples followed for tens of thousands of years.

Transport for NSW is committed to honouring Aboriginal peoples’ cultural and spiritual connections to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. We recognise the impacts we make on Aboriginal culture and heritage through our infrastructure projects.
 
The implementation of Future Transport 2056 and the Transport for NSW Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 bring us opportunities to work in partnership with Aboriginal people and communities. Our future projects will positively reflect the values, sustainability and spirituality of the Aboriginal cultures in the areas where we work.

To do this we will engage with Aboriginal people on projects, respect and value their expertise, and integrate their understanding of Country and place into the design process and outcome. This is called Designing with Country.

Working with our communities

Transport for NSW seeks to work with our communities to improve quality of life, health and social wellbeing for current and future generations and promote the principles of equity, diversity, connectedness, democracy and participation ensuring transport contributes positively to society.

Transport Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021

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 that our nation’s First Peoples followed for tens of thousands of years.

The Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2021 was developed to make a positive difference to Aboriginal peoples in areas such as employment, empowerment and economic development, and to enhance and develop the cultural understanding of our non-Indigenous workforce.

We are working towards genuine Reconciliation whereby Aboriginal  peoples and the wider Australian community continue to build relationships based on mutual respect.

We seek to be part of an Australian community that recognises and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultural identities, communities, economic empowerment and self-determination.

 


i The use of Aboriginal is inclusive of Torres Strait Islander peoples

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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