GLADSTONE Ports Corporation’s acting CEO Craig Walker said the organisation’s third Reconciliation Action Plan contains a strategy to provide “real and lasting opportunities”.

“GPC is proud to present our third RAP and recognise that together we can continue to improve our past achievements and work towards closing the gap,” Mr Walker said.

“Throughout our 100-year journey, we have become an integral part of the communities in which we operate, working alongside the Byellee, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang and Taribelang Bunda peoples.

“Delivering on 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.”

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The port aims to create and sustain positive and beneficial change by raising awareness, knowledge and understanding of the histories and cultures the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander peoples and their communities.

“We will continue to focus on the key themes outlined in our RAP and work hard on forming stronger sustainable relationships, greater mutual respect and creative opportunities,” Mr Walker said.

“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.”

An official ceremony to launch the RAP on 11 December has been postponed until the new year out of respect for sorry business within the local Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander community. GPC passed on its sincere condolences to the community for their loss.

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