In February 2019, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) started preparing its first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). It was agreed an Innovate RAP would be prepared, recognising the long-term relationships NQBP has with the Traditional Owners of its ports, existing reconciliation actions being implemented, and to provide suitable stretch targets to ensure effectiveness in broadening NQBP’s reconciliation influence.
NQBP is a government-owned corporation driven by its mission to manage safe and efficient ports that connect regional Queensland to the world by balancing the needs of iconic natural environments, communities, stakeholders and port users. Weipa, Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point trading ports all come under the care and authority of NQBP. The key driver for a RAP was to formalise NQBP’s engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into positive and measurable actions, building higher levels of trust, and increased pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
During the RAP development, NQBP implemented several actions to work towards reconciliation including cultural competency training for staff, increasing NQBP employment of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples from 2.4 to 3.1 per cent, raising procurement spend on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses from 1.63 to 2.67 per cent and naming a new port road in the Yuwi language.