Reconciliation Action Plan

We are committed to working towards reconciliation and we invite our communities across Greater Sydney to join us on this journey.

Indigenous cultural lesson to school child

Greater Sydney Parklands is committed to working towards reconciliation with our Traditional Custodians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on and with Country, and to share this reconciliation journey with all our park communities across Greater Sydney.

Our Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan is Greater Sydney Parklands’ first step in implementing Reconciliation Australia’s reconciliation action plan framework. The plan was developed by staff, Aboriginal consultants, Traditional Custodians and Reconciliation Australia. It draws on the knowledge and expertise of the Indigenous communities who live, work and are connected to the Country on which our parks are located.

Indigenous reconciliation yarn

Greater Sydney Parklands staff in a cultural learning session at Western Sydney Parklands.

Indigenous park ranger giving lesson in bush

Drew Roberts from Shared Knowledge leads a tour at Callan Park.

We are committed to incorporating Aboriginal knowledge and land practices in our work. We recognise that not only do we need to protect this heritage but celebrate it and learn from generations of knowledge on sustainable land management practices.

We will progress on our reconciliation journey by continuing to work and grow our relationships with Traditional Custodians, local Aboriginal land councils, each park’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Aboriginal consultants and service providers to co-design elements, projects and programs in the parks. This gives a voice and presence to each park’s Aboriginal heritage and Custodians and shares this ancient culture with all our park communities.

Reconciliation action plan artwork

As part of caring for parklands across Sydney’s Saltwater and Freshwater Countries, we worked with Spirit Creative on a unique collaborative artwork. Traditional Custodians and artists from each country created an artwork that represents the traditional stories of both countries.

The centre of the artwork shows a large circular motif that references a meeting place. Surrounding the meeting place is a track pattern with smaller dots to show the movement of people and the pathways they create. Outside this track of movement, there are brown (land pigment) lines that trail into 5 other circular patterns. These patterns are references to each of the parklands Greater Sydney Parklands cares for.

The parks are visualised from a topographical top view and coloured with greens and ochres to show how the artists see their Country. On the outside of the parklands, there are reflections of the stars that spread across the water.

This is to show how the parks are all connected with their surrounding waters such as rivers, streams, waterholes and coastlines. The artists, as Freshwater and Saltwater people, share a common theme in how their stories of culture, identity and lands are reflected in what they see above and below.

Lead artist: Dennis Golding

Local artist: Dakota Campbell

Local artist: Jessica Tobin

Graphic Designer: Dave Madelly - Spirit Creative

Acknowledgement of Country

Aboriginal artwork

Greater Sydney Parklands acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands, waters and sky upon which the parklands are located and pays respect to the Elders of these lands – past, present and emerging. 

We recognise First Nations peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to place and their rich contribution to society. We acknowledge the rights and interests of First Nations peoples to be involved in the ongoing management of these traditional lands. We work in a respectful manner with Traditional Custodians, local Aboriginal land councils and the First Nations communities of Greater Sydney. 

We support their custodianship of the natural and cultural heritage of parklands so that these are places where First Nations peoples feel socially, culturally and economically included.