DWER launches first Reconciliation Action Plan

WA Water Minister Dave Kelly launched the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER) inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to promote greater cultural awareness and inclusion in the management of Western Australia’s water resources and environment.

The new ‘Innovate RAP 2019-21’ commits DWER to a series of actions over the next two years to enhance positive relationships with Indigenous communities. These actions include:

  • Greater engagement, recognition and incorporation of Aboriginal knowledge in managing the State’s water resources and environment.
  • Improving cultural awareness within the department
  • Increasing employment and career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Providing greater economic benefit to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through the State’s Indigenous Procurement Policy

DWER’s new offices at Prime House in Joondalup recognise Aboriginal culture with each meeting room named after an Aboriginal word related to water or the environment. Aboriginal artwork has also been commissioned as a statement piece for the main entry.

Source: WA Government