16 Aug 2021

We are committed to working towards Reconciliation and using Urbis’ capabilities to enhance the economic, social and place-based opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

During Reconciliation Week 2021, we were pleased to announce that we have appointed Aboriginal-owned social change agency, Cox Inall Ridgeway, to work with us to develop our new Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Highlighting Urbis’ renewed focus on reconciliation, this partnership will bolster our capacity to identify areas within our spheres of influence where we can actively support meaningful and lasting change.

Cox Inall Ridgeway and Urbis will collaborate on:

  • Undertaking background research and identify best practices across sectors 
  • Running consultation workshops with Urbis staff and Aboriginal community organisations and stakeholders 
  • Drafting the document and liaising with Reconciliation Australia for approval. 

Urbis has a significant legacy of involvement with Indigenous people and communities. In 2016, we launched our first RAP and since 2019 have been working towards the actions in our refreshed RAP. We plan to launch our new RAP towards the end of 2021. 

Our RAP Working Group includes:

  • Sam Allsop (Gadigal – Sydney) 
  • Darren Atkinson (Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung – Melbourne) 
  • Christina Bagot (Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung – Melbourne) 
  • Jessica Boman (Turrbal – Brisbane) 
  • Balazs Hansel (Gadigal – Sydney) 
  • Patrick Hefferan (Yugambeh – Gold Coast) 
  • Holly Maclean (Turrbal – Brisbane) 
  • Kris Nolan (Noongar– Perth)
  • Noor Syuhada Shamsul (Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung – Melbourne) 
  • Jackson Tomich (Noongar– Perth) 
  • Suzie Turner (Noongar– Perth) 
  • Meggan Walker (Gadigal – Sydney)