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Innovate RAP

We’re excited to announce the formal endorsement of our second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). We embarked on our first RAP in 2020 by expanding our understanding of reconciliation and the launch of this succeeding RAP demonstrates our deepening appreciation and continued commitment to advancing reconciliation.

Our Innovate RAP presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to build on our commitment to designing with Country. Through our actions and the deliverables outlined in this RAP, we will develop a framework to ensure that First Nations consultation and storytelling have equal importance to other ambitions in our projects. This structure will enable us to better advocate for Traditional Custodian consultation and elevate First Nations artists, practitioners and collaborators in the design process.

Many of our recent projects have involved Elder consultation to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and perspectives in our work. Our work on the Bendigo Law Courts, University of Tasmania Cradle Coast, and University of Tasmania (UTAS) Inveresk has involved a range of engagement initiatives. For UTAS, it led to First Nations narratives being woven into placemaking strategies for the new campus designs.

In continuing our RAP journey, we accomplished purposeful and measurable initiatives that have led to meaningful change across our practice. Details of these are available in our Innovate RAP.

Our ongoing journey with RAP provides us with the opportunity to unite individuals from various areas of expertise at Wardle, many of whom possess a profound interest and strong dedication to the cause of reconciliation. Thank you to our RAP team:

Meaghan Dwyer, Andrew Lamond, Richard Sucksmith, Kirsten Trengove, Annabel Scott, Joanna Ju, Michael McMahon, Ariani Anwar, Malisa Benjamins, Berenice Melis, Daniel Conquest and Rick Jordan.

Along our way, we've encountered numerous remarkable people, and these discussions and connections will persist in influencing the way we, as design professionals, shape our practice and conduct our business. We extend special appreciation to the following individuals for generously sharing their valuable insights and personal stories:

Charley Woolmore and Dave Wandin from Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
Damian from Supply Nation
Kat, Tania & Libby from Tiiammano Consultants
Kevin Wilson from Nani Creative
Lille Madden from Youth Climate Coalition Seed Mob
Tegan Murdock from Ngumpie Weaving
The team at Reconciliation Australia

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