Posted by: mwestby May 25, 2020

National Reconciliation Week 2020 – In This Together

National Reconciliation Week is held between May 27 and June 3 each year. This year, Reconciliation Australia marks 20 years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to contribute to building a more reconciled Australia. 2020 also marks the 20th anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when Australians gathered to walk on bridges and roads across the nation to show their support including over 300,000 across Sydney Harbour bridge.

How did it begin?

The dates 27 May and 3 June are of great significance in Australian history, the first of which marking the anniversary of the 1967 referendum when Australians voted to remove clauses in the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Islander Peoples. June 3, 1992 marks the historic Mabo decision when the High Court of Australia recognised native title –    the  recognition that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights over their lands did survive British colonisation. Both 27 May and 3 June are seen as landmark dates that started a broader, more widespread call for respect of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples land, histories and cultures.

What is reconciliation?

Reconciliation is a journey to reconcile all Australians by building a strong relationship between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Reconciliation invites all Australian communities, individuals, families and organisations to gather as a nation to work together to collectively commemorate the past and to shape a future that continues to value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ histories and cultures.

 In This Together

The theme of National Reconciliation Week 2020 is: In This Together. It sets the stage for all Australians to form a strong bond and share histories and cultures that encourage us all to contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

In 2020, it is as important as ever to stand together, even if we cannot physically do so, there are a number of ways in which we can show respect and support. Abergeldie will play its part this year by paying our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples’ histories and cultures during toolbox meetings and social media and pledging to start our reconciliation journey in Australia.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

Posted by: mwestby May 31, 2018

 

Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure, with joint venture partners, awarded Capital Works Program for Melbourne Water

Abergeldie Complex Infrastructure (Abergeldie) in a joint venture with partners is pleased to announce that an initial 3-year Framework Agreement plus extensions of up to a further seven (7) years has been executed with Melbourne Water to deliver critical projects for its Water and Sewerage Capital Works Program.

Abergeldie, together with its partners, will deliver a program of works covering a diverse range of design and construct and pipeline rehabilitation projects. Melbourne Water has indicated that the capital works program over the next 3-year period is valued at approximately $500 million. The program will be shared between Abergeldie and its partners, and one other preferred service provider.

We are proud to have executed this agreement after Melbourne Water initiated a rigorous and innovative selection process with a particular focus on social procurement, which required all applicants to complete Hudson Safety Culture surveys and personality tests to identify cultural alignment. Abergeldie, RCR, and Stantec demonstrated that we were able to meet Melbourne Water’s requirements including commitment to business integrity, diversity, inclusion and reconciliation as well engineering and construction expertise, approach to safety, capability and cost.

This agreement reflects another important step in Abergeldie’s 24-year history as an Australian owned multi-discipline construction company that delivers complex infrastructure contracts. Recent and current projects include a broad range of civil works, including structural remediation, wastewater treatment plants and reticulation facilities, potable water storage, roads, bridges, rail, dams, pipe lines, mine ventilation shafts, tunnels, electrical sub stations, materials handling and recreational facilities.

Mick Boyle, Abergeldie Managing Director, said “We are extremely pleased to be involved in delivering this program of works alongside our joint venture partners and Melbourne Water. It is important and complex work and we are looking forward to safely and innovatively providing and rehabilitating the essential infrastructure needed to build better communities across Melbourne.”