National recognition for Aboriginal engagement program

DevelopmentWA, along with project partners Karda Designs, Gundi Consulting, Yunga Foundation and Brave and Curious, have gained national recognition by winning the Indigenous category at the IAP2 2021 Core Values Awards for the Aboriginal Development Manager (ADM) program.

The award recognises the work DevelopmentWA and its Aboriginal business partners have done to include Aboriginal people’s insight, history and culture to help shape the redevelopment and creation of some of our most significant metropolitan projects.

The ADM program was developed in early 2020 to help achieve this, at a level of engagement well above industry requirements.

This emergent program was co-designed in consultation with Noongar Elders, and was then refined in consultation with three Noongar businesses to be implemented at three projects of state significance.

  • Subi East – currently the largest redevelopment of its type in Australia. ADM consultants: Karda Designs.
  • Alkimos Central – a 710ha master-planned coastal development north of Perth. ADM consultants: Gundi Consulting.
  • Ocean Reef Marina – a new world-class marina in the north metro area. ADM consultants: Yunga Foundation.

Each of the ADMs was selected for their knowledge of cultural processes and connection to the project areas. The ADMs then led the development of individual Aboriginal engagement strategies for each project, ensuring both the strategies and ongoing engagement were led by Aboriginal people.

The program saw significant Aboriginal influence on project outcomes and delivered key results in significant Elder involvement, ADMs working meaningfully with the Aboriginal community, ADMs developing positive relationships with project teams, and ADMs building capacity for Aboriginal businesses.

“The Aboriginal Development Manager program aligns with our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan to actively engage with local Aboriginal people, to increase our understanding of their beliefs and cultural practices, and how these can help shape our future projects,” said DevelopmentWA CEO Frank Marra.

“We’re extremely proud of the work already done to collaborate with Aboriginal people on this program and are committed to refining this approach and applying it to more projects across Western Australia in the future.”