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International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) strengthens its commitment to respecting, celebrating and acknowledging Australia’s First Nations community as it launched its second Reconciliation Action Plan at the city’s inaugural Business Sydney First Nations Forum yesterday.

In 2018, ICC Sydney was the first convention centre to commit to a Reconciliation Action Plan and this next phase of work continues to build the respect of, relationships with, and opportunities for Australia’s First Nations people.

Supported by a team committed to connecting, learning and sharing with its First Nations community, CEO, Geoff Donaghy is thankful to all of those who have assisted ICC Sydney along its reconciliation journey.

Geoff Donaghy

CEO of ICC Sydney

“Our vision for reconciliation is one where collaboration and partnership foster greater inclusion, opportunities and recognition for Australia’s First Nations people. That’s why events like Business Sydney’s First Nations Forum, which featured speakers such as Reconciliation Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Mundine; City of Sydney Councillor, Yvonne Weldon; Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Nyungga Black Group Executive Chairman, Warren Mundine AO; and KARI Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Casey Ralph, are so important.”

“As an iconic destination, which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation – on Tumbalong, the land, and Gomora, the water, what is known today as Darling Harbour – ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to foster and promote reconciliation.”

“We are very proud to be located in this special place, where people have gathered to meet, trade and hold ceremonies for many tens of thousands of years, which is why we are committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations communities and through our event Legacy Program, we will continue to present First Nations culture to the thousands of visitors walking through our doors each year,” Donaghy said.

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ICC Sydney’s second Reconciliation Action Plan demonstrates its commitment over a two year period to celebrate the cultures, protocols and traditions of Australia’s First Nations people. It expands upon established initiatives across four key areas of relationships, respect, opportunities and governance with several deliverables, including:

– Working with First Nations businesses and communities across Australia through its supply chains and community networks.
– Client and community stakeholder engagement via its industry leading Legacy Program
– Actively collaborating with vocational education providers and community partners to attract and develop First Nations employees.
– Increasing the cultural competency of its team members to deepen community understanding.

To find out more about ICC Sydney’s Reconciliation Action Plan visit www.iccsydney.com.au.