Diona Honours National Reconciliation Week

Bridging Communities: Diona's Commemoration of National Reconciliation Week

ESG Alignment

Partnering with Urban Utilities, Diona is involved in sustainable infrastructure projects enhancing water services. Projects include constructing new water filling stations and reservoirs, upgrading existing infrastructure, and ensuring reliable water supply. These efforts are vital for community resilience, especially in rural areas and during dry periods.

SDGs: 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)

Last week, our teams recognised National Reconciliation Week.

In South Australia, the McConnell Dowell and Diona Joint Venture Management Team attended a Reconciliation SA hosted breakfast, as well as a special opening event at SA Water’s Adelaide building on Kaurna land, with Major ‘Uncle Moogy’ Sumner welcoming us to Country. Our crews also held a reconciliation moment Toolbox.

In Queensland, the team held a morning tea with catering provided by Figjam & Co, a local 100% Indigenous owned & operated business. They source local ingredients from seasonal bush tucker crops that are cultivated by First Nations owned and operated properties. The menu included Sweet Corn Zucchini Fritters, Kangaroo Sausage Rollettes & Smoked Salmon Frittatas with Bush Sambal. There were also a range of Bush Tukka Biscuits including Lemon Myrtle Kisses and Wattle Seed & Date slices.

David Moore, Program Manager spoke with the team about what reconciliation week represents and how we can all contribute towards a more just Australia and Chris Arrington, Manager Environment & Sustainability shared information about Diona’s recently launched Reconciliation Action Plan.

In NSW, the Aboriginal community of Murrin Bridge, located 25mins outside Lake Cargelligo where our team are currently working for WaterNSW, invited us to attend a National Reconciliation Week event hosted at the local pre-school.

Diona Project Manager, Chris Dimond said that it was a great experience and opportunity to meet new faces within the Aboriginal community, hear from the elders and see locally produced Aboriginal artworks.

“After a good cook up, where we got to taste handmade Johnny Cakes, the team were invited for a site tour around the town which identified a few areas where we can provide some assistance including slashing the local footy ground which hasn’t been used since Covid. It was a special event to be invited to, and our efforts within the broader community were acknowledged by several elders.”