National Reconciliation Week 2018

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The week is bookended by two of the most significant dates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2018 is Don’t Keep History a Mystery.

This year, all Australians are invited to Learn, Share, and Grow – by exploring our past, learning more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, and developing a deeper understanding of our national story.

At Lendlease, we believe that National Reconciliation Week is an important event for all Australians. Our commitment to Reconciliation is underpinned by our Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan, which focuses on what we can do to build respect and value the culture of Australia’s First People. Our vision for Reconciliation is one in which our communities acknowledge and celebrate the proud heritage of Australia’s First People and promote opportunities for career development, sustainable business growth, and economic participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians within our sector. Find out more about the Lendlease Reconciliation Action Plan here.

For more information about National Reconciliation Week, please visit

Here's a selection of activities and events being held at our communities to mark National Reconciliation Week 2018. Check out our communities on Facebook for more information and event details.



Cultural Awareness Workshop with Rick Roser 

Rick Roser weaves story-telling through practical activities to raise awareness of Yarrabilba's Indigenous history and cultural heritage. Activities will include fire making, axe grinding, hafting of stone tools, string and Piccabeen basket making, emu feather adornment and ochre painting.

Tuesday 5th June
10.30 – 12.30pm 
St Clare’s Primary School
2 Combs Street, Yarrabilba 

Ipswich NAIDOC Family & Cultural Celebration

Visit our stall where we’ll be running fun, interactive activities for kids, in collaboration with Hymba Yumba Indigenous school. 

Thursday 12th July
10am – 2pm
Briggs Road Sporting Complex
121-135 Briggs Road Flinders View, Springfield Lakes


Painting Workshops

Wednesday 30 May
1pm - 5.30pm
Alkimos Beach Pop Up Library, The Gateway Shopping Precinct

Local aboriginal artist Jade Dolman returns to Alkimos Beach to complete the community mural and work with local students to create individual canvases. Not to be missed.

Alkimos, Land by the Ocean Art Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork by local aboriginal artists to illustrate the local stories of the Aboriginal coast.

Sunday 27 May – Sunday 3 June
Pop Up Library, Gateway Shopping Precinct
Corner of Marmion Avenue and, Graceful Blvd, Alkimos


National Reconciliation Week at Harpley

Includes a smoking ceremony and welcome to country, didge performance and activities including Craft, Ochre Face Painting, Storytelling and Dance. Held in conjunction with the Wadawurrung, the traditional custodians of the land that Harpley is built upon.

A large part of the event will also focus on the Harpley Discovery Trail, an interactive and educational cultural awareness walk through Harpley’s wetlands and park that focusses on the area’s Indigenous history, European settlement, native plants, birdlife and the complex water ecosystems that weave through the Harpley community.   

Sunday 27th May
1pm – 3pm
Harpley Cultural Park & Harpley Discovery Trail
Corner Black Forrest Road and Zircon St, Werribee


National Reconciliation Week at Jordan Springs

Activities will include, An Official Welcome to Country, Ochre Face Painting, Story of Reconciliation, Aboriginal Dance Workshop, Stone Art Workshop and free BBQ.

Sunday 3rd June
11am – 1pm
Corner of Jordan Springs Boulevard and Lakeside Parade, Jordan Springs