Reconciliation Australia welcomes Woolworths’ statement this morning that it will not proceed with the Dan Murphy’s development in response to the findings of the Independent Panel Review.
We are encouraged that Woolworths has taken responsibility for its lack of stakeholder engagement with a range of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations and that it has committed to working better with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples going forward.
Respectful relationships built on trust are at the heart of reconciliation.
We expect organisations with Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) to deliver on their commitments and live up to the intent of their plan. Leadership is an integral part of a successful RAP and the leadership shown here by the Woolworths Board and CEO is commendable.
We look forward to Woolworths’ response addressing the full recommendations of the report.
Reconciliation Australia also commends the leadership and determination shown by many people and organisations in Darwin who have fought this development to keep their communities and their people safe.