Reconciliation

Renewal SA is committed to becoming a leader of reconciliation within South Australia’s property and development sector. To do so, we are embedding a culture of respect in everything we do and we are acknowledging, celebrating and embracing First Nations peoples, communities and cultures.

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Acknowledgement of Country

Renewal SA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Lands throughout South Australia.

We respect and support their spiritual relationship with Country and connection to their land, waters and community.

As an organisation that is passionate about creating a better future for all South Australians, we are committed to working with First Nations peoples to ensure Culture and Country is respected in everything we do and is represented through our people and projects.

Our Vision for Reconciliation

Our Commitment to Reconciliation

Renewal SA is dedicated to becoming a leader of reconciliation within South Australia’s property and development sector

Reconciliation Cultural Advisors

We have engaged external First Nations Cultural Advisors from community to provide cultural knowledge and guidance to support the implementation of our Innovate RAP

Aunty Yvonne Agius

Aunty Yvonne Agius is an Esteemed Elder of both Kaurna and Narungga descent.

Aunty Yvonne worked as a public servant for over 40 years and an Aboriginal foster carer and educator of the younger generations about the past. She has shown great commitment to the preservation of Aboriginal heritage and has extensive experience representing a range of community groups that deal with heritage, Native Title, Nunga courts and the Granny’s Group, displaying a great commitment to reconciliation between First Nations peoples.

She is the Dual Chairperson of the City of Adelaide’s Reconciliation Committee and previous Vice-Chairperson of the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee.

Mark Koolmatrie

Mark is from the Kukabrak Tribes of southern South Australia now referred to as Ngarrindjeri.

The Ngarrindjeri Nation is made up of 18 family groups known as Lakinyeri. Mark is referred to as a Munkanboli (a clever person who is a man of wisdom and knowledge). He uses his wisdom and knowledge that has been passed down over thousands and thousands of years to ensure culture is strong and alive.

Mark is committed to, and has a passion for, the preservation of Aboriginal heritage and culture in the Ramindjeri, Tangani, Yarlde, Meintangk, and Ngarrindjeri lands. Mark is the current Chairperson of the State Aboriginal Heritage Committee, founder and educator. Mark owns his own business, The Tribal Expertise Facility, through which he asserts his cultural and heritage interests within the Coorong, Lower Lakes, River Murray, and the Sea.

Jess Davies-Huynh

Jess is a proud Kaurna woman born and raised on Kaurna land.

She has been involved in Kaurna Native Title matters from a young age, served on the Board of the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation, is the current Kaurna representative on the Adelaide Park Lands Authority Board, and is also a representative on the Aboriginal Reference Group for the Aboriginal Arts and Cultures Centre at Lot Fourteen.

Jess is passionate about promoting Kaurna culture, heritage and rights, mentoring young First Nations women, learning from her Elders and community, and advocating for reconciliation in the community and workplace. She currently works for the Department of Treasury and Finance as a Cultural Development Consultant, where she provides advice and direction on diversity and inclusion initiatives, reconciliation, First Nations employment and cultural awareness.

Reconciliation Committee

With a clear mandate set by the Executive Team, the Renewal SA Reconciliation Committee has been responsible for initiating, implementing, and driving all activity associated with the development of this Innovate RAP. Importantly, this committee will remain in place to oversee the continuing implementation of the developed action register.

Chris Menz - Chief Executive (Chair)
Kyran Dixon - Manager, Reconciliation and Cultural Heritage
Skye Bayne - Senior Director, Strategy, Marketing and Communications, is the connection into the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Jed Gunn - Senior Project Manager
Emma Nasra - Manager, Procurement and Contract Management
Teresa Gentile - Marketing Manager, Corporate*
Frances Richards - Engagement Officer*
Ray Scanlon - People and Culture Business Partner
Josh Leane - Business Intelligence Developer
*Absent from photo

For information on our RAP and journey of reconciliation contact:

Kyran Dixon
Manager, Reconciliation and Cultural Heritage
0478 949 531
kyran.dixon@sa.gov.au

Latest News

A word from the Chief Executive

22 December 2020 in Reconciliation, Playford Alive, About us, Port Adelaide, Forestville, The Square at Woodville West, Fort Largs, Lot Fourteen, Prospect

As 2020 draws to a close, the opportunity to look back on the past 12 months reveals a surprising yet affirming insight into what Renewal SA has been able to achieve this year.

Stepping towards a reconciled urban future

3 February 2020 in Reconciliation, About us

This year, Renewal SA embarked on a journey to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) that provides strategic direction on how we can participate in the national reconciliation movement.

Smoking ceremony cleanses site in preparation for new beginning

16 December 2019 in Reconciliation, Lot Fourteen

More than 700 people witnessed history being made when representatives of the Kaurna nation held a smoking ceremony recently to cleanse the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site and prepare it for its new role as the Lot Fourteen innovation and cultural neighbourhood.

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