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PHILLIP Island Nature Parks (PINP)
Board Chair, Jeff Floyd, officially
launched the organisation's second
Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-
18 (RAP) on Saturday as part of the
Shearwater Festival opening ceremony.
The RAP, endorsed by Reconciliation
Australia, is the result of nine months
of considered consultation by a work-
ing group made up of staff, community
members, Aboriginal Elders and Ab-
original community representatives.
"Stretch RAP now replaces the RAP
2012-14 and contains 32 actions with
measurable targets," Mr Floyd said.
"Actions are aimed at furthering
PINP's commitment to reconciliation
through developing strong relation-
ships, fostering mutual respect and ex-
ploring and providing opportunities for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
"The development of our second RAP
came in response to a strong desire
across the Nature Parks to connect,
learn and partner with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.
"As one of Australia's leading ecotour-
ism organisations, Phillip Island Nature
Parks is committed to the conservation
of the natural environment and the cul-
tural history of Phillip Island," he said.
"Our RAP 2012-14 enriched us as an
organisation and we are excited about
the future possibilities our new RAP
2015-18 will bring."
Key reconciliation achievements of
the Nature Parks first RAP document
include supporting the annual Shear-
water Festival; the appointment of
an indigenous trainee who has now
moved into full time employment;
achieving Respect Our Culture Certifi-
cation through Ecotourism Australia;
running National Reconciliation Week
celebrations; the introduction of an
Aboriginal Heritage Tour with portions
of ticket sales going back to the local
Aboriginal community; raising the pro -
file of local Aboriginal culture through
interpretive signage; and an increase
in Aboriginal retail product lines and
services that benefit Aboriginal com-
The RAP 2015-18 is available at www.
Celebrating the launch of the PINP Reconciliation Action Plan at the recent
Shearwater Festival are from left, Darren Lovett, Bass Coast Shire Mayor Cr
Jordan Crugnale, Jeff Floyd PINP Board Chairman, Shani Blyth PINP, Peter
Cleary PINP, Michael Ohrin Reconciliation Australia, Graeme Burgan PINP,
Laura Brearley Shearwater Festival Director and Paul Paton Victorian Ab-
original Corporation for Languages.
PINP reconciliation action plan
Bird festival brings
HUNDREDS of people joined in Phillip Island's
Shearwater Festival, an annual creative, cultural and
environmental event, which brings indigenous and
non-indigenous community members together for
a weekend of celebration to mark the return of the
short-tailed shearwaters from their 15,000km migra-
tion to our shores.
Now in its fourth year, indigenous and non-indig-
enous Australians, as well as special African guest
performers, joined together in a range of creative, cul-
tural and environmental activities.
The weekend began with a cruise on board the Kas-
ey Lee ferry, to watch thousands of shearwaters come
home to their burrows at Cape Woolamai on dusk.
Saturday morning's street parade involved hun-
dreds of happy participants who danced and weaved
their way up the street, to the Cowes Town Square,
where celebrations were focussed over the weekend.
Senior Boon Wurrung Elder Aunty Carolyn Briggs
officially welcomed everyone present to Boon Wurrung
Country, to enjoy the Shearwater Festival festivities,
and her grandson Marbee Williams conducted a smok-
ing ceremony in the grounds of the Town Square, and
introduced everyone present to traditional indigenous
dance and symbolism.
A host of workshops and musical entertainment
followed, including the performance of 'Shearwater
Short Tales', by artists and performers from Bass
Coast and Mallacoota in East Gippsland.
The festival also incorporated an education pro-
gram, which involves local schools in the lead up to
The program teaches students environmental aware-
ness through an understanding of aboriginal culture
and language, and involves them in indigenous art
and music in the lead up to the weekend.
Local schools are also encouraged to establish con-
nections with schools and children in other countries
living under the shearwater's flight path, and exchange
messages and artworks with each other.
Some of these messages and art works from a
school in Bolivia were on display over the weekend.
The date for next year's Shearwater Festival has
been set for the weekend of November 26 and 27.
The Shearwater Festival parade involved school children from across the district, creative artists, musi-
cians, Indigenous Elders, community members and plenty of visitors. Year 2 students at Newhaven College
are pictured with the puppets that they made; they are, from left, Aidan Fawaz, Ed Wynes, Yani Caffieri,
Charlie O'Garey and Benji Chioski.
Shearwater Festival committee member Camille
Monet danced and weaved her way up Thompson
Avenue in the Shearwater Festival street parade,
ahead of hundreds of participants singing along be-
School children from across the district were in-
volved in the recent Shearwater Festival. Pictured
are students from Wonthaggi North Primary on the
main stage with Mutti Mutti man Kutcha Edwards
who is heavily involved in the local school's program
that is incorporated in Festival activities.
Puppets depicting shearwater chicks, crabs, krill, and more were carried by
local school children and community members in a street parade celebrating
the Shearwater Festival.
The Drumbeat Group, led by Mark Grunden (front right) led the street parade.
Marbee Williams, a Boonwurrung man, leads the children at the recent Shear-
water Festival in a traditional indigenous dance.
Isla Cousins, Tahlia Moschetti and Cara and Jesse Moschetti enjoy the Shear-
water Festival program on the lawns at the Town Square, following the street
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