By Sustainability Active
On actions taken to achieve the sustainability legacy for the GC2018 games, Katie Barton -Harvey, Sustainability Marketing Manager for GOLDOC told (southerngoldcoast.com.au) that: ”GC2018 is also the first major event to deliver a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Australia and Commonwealth Games history. I sit near the RAP team and their work in this field is really inspiring. We’ve got such a rich history on the Gold Coast and as part on the RAP programmes we’ve had cultural awareness training delivered by a local indigenous business Baanam.”
Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) provide a framework for organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation.
RAPs are practical plans of action based on relationships, respect and opportunities.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) is the first event of its kind to have a RAP. This is the result of a commitment from Games Partners to deliver legacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and has been led by the Queensland Government through the Office of the Commonwealth Games (OCG) and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC).
Our vision is to deliver a great Games that will recognise, respect and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
The RAP will leave a lasting and meaningful legacy through:
- employment and training
- the showcasing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures
- building a culturally capable workforce.
The GC2018 RAP has been developed in consultation with Reconciliation Australia, members of the Yugambeh language group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Queensland.
It provides a unique opportunity and a guiding framework for other Commonwealth Games host nations to show leadership towards reconciliation with their First Peoples.
OCG and GOLDOC look forward to working closely with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to formally release the RAP.