Today, we join our clients, industry colleagues and fellow Australians in recognising the importance of the Uluru Statement from the Heart to Australia’s First Nations people. We accept the invitation to walk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
We hear your call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum to amend the Constitution accordingly. We hear your call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations and truth-telling about our history.
In the spirit of reconciliation and NAIDOC week, we look forward to developing and enacting specific proposals in relation to Voice, Treaty and Truth for our First Nations people.
Today, WSP operates across a broad range of industry sectors in Australia, including Transport, Property and Buildings, Resources, Water, Power and the Environment. We aim to nurture sustainable societies, connect communities and design places where our friends, families and neighbours can thrive.
We employ over 3,200 staff and have in excess of 1,000 active projects, across every state and territory. Each of these projects exist on a First Nations country, and we seek to connect the work that we do today to the enduring culture and history of our First Nation’s people and their connection to country.
“Since we established our first Reconciliation Action Plan in 2010, we have strived to embed the principles of Relationships, Respect and Opportunities in our business, and to engage our people, clients and partners in the journey of reconciliation,” says Guy Templeton, President and CEO of Australia and New Zealand. “We work to involve Indigenous communities in infrastructure projects and to stimulate growth for Indigenous businesses that enable us to create strong and culturally respectful relationships.
“As we have travelled this journey, we have become aware of the complex challenges which Australia faces in becoming a more reconciled nation. We stand side by side with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and confirm WSP’s support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart.”
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