Closing the employment, education and economic gap.

The STRETCH Reconciliation Action Plan was launched by Gladstone Ports Corporation at an official ceremony in Gladstone this week.

GPC presented its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)  in 2012 with a three year plan that reinforced the Corporation’s commitment to improving relationships, understanding and opportunities for the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander communities in which GPC operates.

This second RAP 2015 – 2018 provides a strategic plan that aims to provide real and lasting opportunities, and builds on the achievements made together for the benefit of the local and wider Australian communities. The STRETCH RAP is based on four themes which have been identified as having had the most impact over the past three years – strengthening relationships, fostering respect, increasing opportunities, and ensuring accountability.

GPC People & Community General Manager, Rowen Winsor said GPC is proud to advance to the STRETCH RAP status and recognise that together we can continue to improve our past achievements and work towards closing the gap. “Delivering our RAP is a high priority for GPC and we are, and will continue to be committed to closing the employment, education and economic gap between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander Peoples and the broader Australian community. “We will do this by focussing on the key themes outlined in our RAP and working hard on forming stronger sustainable relationships, greater mutual respect and creative opportunities. “I thank our team and the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander community who have contributed to the plan and are committed to working towards a reconciled Australia,” Ms Winsor said.

The STRETCH RAP 2015 – 2018 was launched at an official ceremony at the Gladstone Volunteer Marine Rescue centre, which was attended by prominent members of the local Indigenous community. Michael Eggmolesse from the Byellee peoples welcomed attendees to the launch ceremony with a traditional Welcome to Country.

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