- Horizon Power launches Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-22
- The plan will increase Aboriginal employment at Horizon Power to seven per cent over two years
The State Government, through Horizon Power, hopes to build strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the launch of the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2020-22.
Energy Minister Bill Johnston launched the RAP today in the East Kimberley community of Warmun, which was developed by a 40 per cent Aboriginal representation working group.
Under the RAP, Horizon Power will build on previous reconciliation activities and:
- introduce a comprehensive cultural education program for all employees;
- provide additional training and procurement opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses;
- increase Aboriginal employment at Horizon Power to seven per cent over two years, including new opportunities for graduates, management and traineeships and enhanced workplace mentoring;
- improve engagement practices through a new engagement strategy; and
- introduce executive key performance indicators aligning to reconciliation deliverables.
Last year Horizon Power installed 150 kilowatts of solar panels at six buildings in Warmun, saving the community more than $72,000 a year off their annual energy costs.
Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:
"By developing Reconciliation Action Plans, our public sector is leading the way in this field and influencing the community in achieving reconciliation with the first peoples of this nation.
"These plans demonstrate our commitment to strengthening our relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Congratulations to Horizon Power on its leadership in this very important area."
Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt:
"The Reconciliation Action Plan aligns to the State Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy and its themes of Aboriginal advancement, regional development and employment.
"This plan follows the McGowan Government's commitment to build resilience and capacity of our Aboriginal communities and individuals with economic participation. It's also great that the action plan has received Reconciliation Australia's tick of approval."
Energy Minister's office - 6552 6700
Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5900