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Respecting First Nations land

Goodman acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which we live and work. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

As we work on our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), we reflect on the ongoing custodianship of this continent’s First Nations peoples. We have existed as a company for 25 years, and we reflect on the 65,000 year relationship that Australia’s First Nations people have with this amazing land.

Goodman has always believed in working towards meaningful, tangible outcomes. As a business that operates in many locations, with a tangible connection to land, it is our responsibility to listen to, learn from and amplify the First Nations voices all around us. To ensure our activities support the continuing connection to land, waters, cultures, languages and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We have a distance to travel yet, and recognise that there is still much to learn, but as we move through the Reflect stage of our RAP, we will create a framework to guide us as we continue to build meaningful and lasting relationships with First Nations people. Because true and lasting reconciliation will only happen if we make it happen together.



Rosebery Engine Yards - Smoking ceremony 

Prior to works commencing at Rosebery Engine Yards, a smoking ceremony was held on Tuesday 8 November 2022 to cleanse the site and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land.

Delivered by Brendan Kerin from the Metropolitan Aboriginal Land Council, this ceremony represents an important milestone in Reconciliation, acknowledging the traditional owners of the land - the Gadigal people - and offers a spiritual and physical cleansing of this site.

Find out more about Rosebery Engine Yards.

They Hayesbery - Smoking ceremony 

To mark National Reconciliation Week, our flagship workspace The Hayesbery on Gadigal land was cleansed on 28 June 2022. A Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country was performed by Uncle Allen Madden and Raymond Weatherall from the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council to mark the event.

Eumemmerring Business Park - Smoking ceremony 

In April 2022 we held a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony at Eumemmerring Business Park in Victoria. Delivered by Bunurong Elders of South-Eastern Kulin Nation to cleanse and help prepare the site for construction, it also marked the beginning of an important relations between Goodman and the Bunurong community.

Eumemmerring Business Park is a brand new 6.5 hectare brownfield development in the established industrial precinct of Dandenong South, Victoria.

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Together with La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and Taylor Constructions, Goodman welcomed Leslie McLeod, a Yuin, Dharawal and Ngarigo custodian and loreman and Daniel Ella, a Yuin, Dharawal loreman and firekeeper, to perform a welcome to country smoking ceremony and ochre blessing. Ashes from the ceremony were buried on site, and some have been held to be buried upon project completion.

Following the welcome to country, guests enjoyed a delicious Koori Fusion experience with treats and teas made using native ingradients from Goanna Hut catering.