The Port of Townsville acknowledges the Wulgurukaba and Bindal people as the custodians of the land and sea on which the Townsville Port operates, and the Warrgamay people where Lucinda Port is located. We pay our respects to Elders, past, present and emerging and are committed to fostering strong relations with our First Nations people.
As part of our $232 million Channel Upgrade project, we engage regularly with Traditional Owners to gain cultural insights as we strive to protect our precious reefs and ecosystems, and build a more inclusive community for everyone.
The Port of Townsville has partnered with Indigenous training provider On Common Country to provide land management and construction skills to young Indigenous Australians. Additional training opportunities will be forthcoming as the Port develops a five-year partnership with a maintenance-based Indigenous training group. We are developing a database of Indigenous suppliers under our Indigenous Procurement Policy, which provides a framework to increase the value of the Port’s contracts awarded to Indigenous businesses.
We recently released our inaugural $50,000 Community Fund, through which we will support an arts festival championing Indigenous collaboration. We are also developing our Reconciliation Action Plan and, as part of Port Vision 2050, we are committed to further reconciliation actions to help improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.