ICC Sydney continues reconciliation commitment

02 Mar 2022

International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) strengthens its commitment to respecting, celebrating and acknowledging Australia’s First Nations community as it launches its second Reconciliation Action Plan at the city’s inaugural Business Sydney First Nations Forum yesterday.

In 2018, ICC Sydney was the first convention centre to commit to a Reconciliation Action Plan and this next phase of work continues to build respect of, relationships with, and opportunities for Australia’s First Nations people.

Supported by a team committed to connecting, learning and sharing with its First Nations community, CEO, Geoff Donaghy is thankful to all of those who have assisted ICC Sydney along its reconciliation journey.

“We’d like to thank Reconciliation Australia, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, KARI Foundation, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Aunty Margret Campbell of Dreamtime Southern X, and Supply Nation, as well as the new goods and services providers joining our supply chain, for their counsel.

“Our vision for reconciliation is one where collaboration and partnership foster greater inclusion, opportunities and recognition for Australia’s First Nations people. That’s why events like Business Sydney’s First Nations Forum, which featured speakers such as Reconciliation Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Mundine; City of Sydney Councillor, Yvonne Weldon; Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Chairman and Nyungga Black Group Executive Chairman, Warren Mundine AO; and KARI Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Casey Ralph, are so important.

“As an iconic destination, which stands and operates on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation – on Tumbalong, the land, and Gomora, the water, what is known today as Darling Harbour – ICC Sydney has a unique opportunity to foster and promote reconciliation.

“We are very proud to be located in this special place, where people have gathered to meet, trade and hold ceremonies for many tens of thousands of years, which is why we are committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations communities and through our event Legacy Program, we will continue to present First Nations culture to the thousands of visitors walking through our doors each year,” Donaghy said.

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said she looks forward to following ICC Sydney’s ongoing reconciliation journey after the launch of its second Reconciliation Action Plan.

“ICC Sydney’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan is an opportunity for the venue to strengthen existing and new connections that will become the lifeblood of its Reconciliation Action Plan commitments. By enabling and empowering staff to contribute to this process, ICC Sydney will ensure shared and cooperative success in the long-term,” Mundine said.

The Hon. Rob Stokes, Minister for Infrastructure, Cities, and Active Transport supported the development of ICC Sydney’s second Reconciliation Action Plan, saying: “ICC Sydney’s commitment to reconciliation showcases the rich history of First Nations people and the connection with Gadigal land on which the venue sits. It’s fantastic to have this great Sydney venue set such an excellent standard.”