Mayor Cr Loretta Baker, Mai-Wel CEO Lynne Graham and members of Mai-Wel’s RAP Working Group unveiled the artwork at an official ceremony at Mai-Wel’s Corporate Services office.
Lynne opened the ceremony with an Acknowledgement of Country and noted Mai-Wel’s commitment to recognising the traditional land owners through delivery of the Acknowledgement at all events and meetings of importance. The Acknowledgement is printed on the back of all Mai-Wel staff ID tags as a daily reminder of its importance and to ensure its availability at all times.
“We are here today for two very important reasons; the first is to launch Mai-Wel’s RAP, which has been endorsed by Reconciliation Australia. The second is to unveil our commissioned artwork, which is to sit in the foyer as a symbol of our commitment to advancing reconciliation as part of our RAP,” said Lynne.
The artwork, ‘Hands of Moments’ by Alison Buchanan, a Junuy Maruwan Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Artist, was commissioned to symbolise Mai-Wel’s commitment to connect, engage, communicate, respect, recognise and reconcile with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Hands of Moments will hang in the Corporate Services reception area with two additional artworks by Ms Buchanan as a visual reminder of this commitment, as well as Mai-Wel’s dedication to being a culturally welcoming and inclusive workplace. This will coincide with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags printed on the front doors of all Mai-Wel sites.
“This is a step towards Mai-Wel as a contemporary company that engages with our history,” Lynne expressed.
Lynne also thanked Mai-Wel’s General Manager of Participant Services and Chairperson of the RAP Working Group, Lucy for pushing the development of Mai-Wel’s RAP forward for a number of years.
Mayor Cr Loretta Baker cut the ribbon to officially unveil the artwork and thanked Mai-Wel for taking this first important step towards reconciliation.
This was one of the first events Mai-Wel has held since the impacts of COVID-19 took hold in March 2020 and while it was kept small due to the continued restrictions, it was important nonetheless.
The Mai-Wel Group acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, and recognise their continuing connection and contribution to the land.