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 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; and we see the results of their collaboration with artists, designers and cultural performances in many of the projects delivered. 

Working with Indigenous-owned businesses.

PSG Holdings is a 100% Indigenous-owned business, with a quarter of staff being of Indigenous heritage. We are proud to have worked with PSG Holdings to repair and make safe the former Wickham School of Arts building in Honeysuckle, Newcastle

PSG Holdings Team
Former Wickham School of Arts Building

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'.

Supporting targeted employment opportunities.

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

In Mount Penang Parklands, Bolte Civil created an Indigenous apprenticeship for a project in 2020, employing local worker Josh on a three-year apprenticeship. Josh returned to the site in 2022 as part of our latest infrastructure upgrades and is well on his way to a Cert III in Civil Construction.

Creating culturally significant gathering spaces. 

We work closely with local Aboriginal land councils, community members and First Nations artists to create culturally significant community spaces that respect and celebrate Aboriginal culture and local history.

Leagues Club Park, Gosford

The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council played an integral part in the design of Gosford Leagues Club Park. Local Aboriginal culture is embedded in the parks design with its centerpiece, an amphitheatre tidal terrace based on an Aboriginal dancing ground. The unique gathering space is circled by hand-crafted timber art poles, and features sandstone animal 'islands' inspired by the nearby Bulgandry art site. The park's play equipment as also modelled on the traditional fishing nets used by Aboriginal communities in the area.

Leagues Club Park, Gosford
Leagues Club Park, Gosford

The Station, Newcastle

A key feature of The Station's piazza is an Aboriginal interpretive fire-pit 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 stencilled 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.

An Aboriginal artwork at The Station, Newcastle.

Embracing cultural storytelling.

We collaborated with local artist Raymond Kelly Jnr. for the creation of this storytelling artwork – a tribute to the significant waterways of the Hunter and Central Coast, and their connection with the regions mangroves, grasslands and mountain ranges.

Raymond's art highlights the importance of the natural landscape and the cultural significance of mountain ranges across the region - 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 Kelly artwork
First Nations Artist, Raymond Kelly Jnr

The storytelling art is a tribute to the local Aboriginal communities who occupied the lands alongside the water, and their connected understanding of science and nature. Natural water elements including river stones and pebbles, sand grains, seaweed and sea ferns are depicted, along with the natural sand patterns that occur due to environmental changes including wind, tidal shifts, fires and seasons. It celebrates traditional hunting skills and natural food sources provided by the ocean, inland river systems and lakes - including mussels, oysters and an abundance of fish.

Meet the artist: Raymond Kelly Jnr. 
Ray is an Awabakal-Dunghutti-Pambilang man living in Newcastle NSW. His passion for community, family, local heritage and country is celebrated through his contemporary art and photography style, along with his work at the University of Newcastle's Wollotuka Institute.  We were honored to collaborate with Ray and have him share his local knowledge and creative interpretation of Country with us.​​​​​​