Aboriginal participation

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay respect to all Elders past, present and future.


Aboriginal Participation in Construction (APiC) is a NSW Government policy designed to encourage the construction industry to create opportunities for Aboriginal people, and Aboriginal-owned businesses and communities.

HCCDC encourages Aboriginal participation in all stages of project design and delivery. As part of our tender process, we require contractors to implement policies, recruitment practices and training activities to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in construction or engineering-related roles.

We believe that an increase in Aboriginal participation is achievable in all stages of a project.

To achieve this we encourage broad community engagement at the inception of, and throughout the delivery of a project. We also encourage ongoing engagement with Local Aboriginal Land Councils and Aboriginal corporations and groups.

We support our partners in delivering greater participation through hiring targeted roles, offering training and apprenticeships, and engaging certified Aboriginal-owned suppliers or service providers. We see the results of their collaboration with artists, designers and cultural performances in many of the projects delivered. 

As well as working with our project partners, HCCDC is also delivering more cultural capacity and awareness training to employees. 

Mount Penang Parklands

We encourage our construction partners to create Indigenous-targeted positions, delivering community benefits that last beyond project completion.

In Mount Penang, Bolte Civil created an Indigenous apprenticeship for a project in 2020, employing local worker Josh on a three-year apprenticeship.

Josh is still part of the team and back on site as part of our latest infrastructure upgrades and well on his way to a Cert III in Civil Construction.

PSG Holdings

PSG Holdings is a 100% Indigenously owned business, with a quarter of staff being of Indigenous heritage.

We are proud to be working with PSG Holdings to repair and make safe the former Wickham School of Arts building in Honeysuckle. The construction and services company aims to increase Indigenous participation through both direct employment of Indigenous people and sub-contracting of Indigenous-owned businesses, or those with high levels of Indigenous employment.

PSG's approach and commitment to advancing business opportunities, industry and partnerships and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians truly reflects their vision of 'achieving Reconciliation through business'.

Leagues Club Park Gosford

The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council played an integral part in the park's design.

Local Aboriginal culture has been imbued into the site's cultural heart, a circular gathering space formed by large timber poles. These are adorned with stunning designs by a local artist and will create a unique space for the community to gather, relax and learn.

Leagues Club Park's tidal terrace is also filled with sandstone animal 'islands' inspired by the nearby Bulgandry art site, that are covered and exposed as the tide rises and falls.

The Station

A key feature of The Station's piazza is an Aboriginal interpretive artwork that also serves as a unique meeting place. 

We worked with the Awabakal Local Aboriginal Land Council to create designs that reflect Newcastle's First People and their relationship with the land and the harbour.

Seating is arranged in a boomerang configuration, while stenciled designs represent tide lines and the importance of Newcastle harbour as a food source. Fish, crustaceans and land animals are represented, and an illuminated 'fire pit' glows red after dark.

Cultural storytelling
 

This artwork created by Raymond Kelly Jnr. represents the significant waterways of the Hunter and Central Coast connecting with the regions mangroves, grasslands and mountain ranges.

The design highlights the importance of the natural landscape and the cultural significance of mountain ranges across the Hunter and Central Coast - referencing the rich soils that allow for healthy plant and grass growth; and the minerals, insect life and tree root systems that work in balance creating sustainable environments. 

Raymond's visual story honours the local Aboriginal communities who occupied the lands alongside the water.

A fish trap represents the traditional hunting skills and local understanding of science and nature; alongside food sources (mussels, oysters and abundance of fish) provided by the ocean, inland river systems and lakes.

Natural water elements including river stones and pebbles, sand grains, seaweed and sea ferns are reflected; along with the natural sand patterns that occur due to environmental changes including wind, tidal shifts, fires and seasons.

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Raymond Kelly Jnr

Meet the artist: Raymond Kelly Jnr.

Ray is a proud Awabakal, Dunghutti and Pambilang man living in Newcastle NSW. 

His passion for community, family, local heritage and country is celebrated through his contemporary art and photography style at Straight Stick Photography, along with his work at the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute. 

We were privileged to have Ray share his local knowledge and creative interpretation of country with us.​​​​​​