Monday 4 June 2018
SeaLink Travel Group is proud to launch its first ever Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2018-2020 which is a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the communities where the company works.
SeaLink Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Ellison, said: “SeaLink’s RAP is a strategic document which supports our business plan and it’s being launched at a variety of events around Australia during Reconciliation Week.
“We want to improve our services, investigate opportunities to provide more employment and have stronger community engagement with people from the communities where our services are focused.
“Across Northern Australia more than 40% of SeaLink’s customers are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.
“In addition, a large number of SeaLink’s customers in Northern Australia are seeking out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism experiences.”
Mr Ellison also said “We have invited staff and communities to participate in our RAP events in Townsville, North Stradbroke Island and Darwin, and we will be hosting conversations about how we can support reconciliation and engagement.”
Alf Lacey, Mayor of Palm Island in North Queensland, where SeaLink provide five services a week to the remote island community of 3,000 people said “SeaLink is a critical service provider to Palm Island, providing more than 50,000 passenger trips annually and the ferry company has shown strong commitment to engaging with the Council, Elders and locals on community economic development and tourism activities”.
SeaLink commenced preparing for the launch of its Reconciliation Action Plan in late 2017, establishing a RAP Working Group, consulting with its key communities and staff about commitments to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island customers and staff.
SeaLink provides ferry services to some of Australia’s most remote indigenous communities and these services often are the first opportunity for locals to access education, health care, family, sporting and cultural activities. SeaLink services include;
The Reconciliation Action Plan provides a framework for SeaLink to support reconciliation and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, employees and communities.
SeaLink’s RAP includes practical actions that will grow SeaLink’s commitment to engagement and reconciliation both internally and in the communities in which it operates.
Recent SeaLink activities involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities include:
For media enquiries contact:
Helen McCombie, Citadel-MAGNUS, 0411 756 248
Paul Victory, General Manager Growth & Innovation, 0408 157 154
Jeff Ellison, Chief Executive & Managing Director, 0407 407 123