Building a future together

17 Oct 2017

In 2016, Lendlease signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council acknowledging a commitment to Indigenous participation on the NSW Government’s $348 million Gosford Hospital Redevelopment that participation is driven through a partnership between Darkinjung, Lendlease and the Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

One year later, more than 125 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have been inducted on-site and two thirds of the current apprentices are Aboriginal.

Hear some of the stories from our Indigenous workforce and project team as they reflect on the journey so far and what it is like to have found a career in the construction industry. 

The MoU aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through economic participation in the project by connecting Indigenous people to work opportunities and Indigenous businesses to supply goods and services to the project.

Other objectives of the MoU, which extends to subcontractors and others involved in the project, include acknowledging the Darkinjung people as the traditional custodians of the land and making the project site a place of cultural competency and cultural safety.

The Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES) is one of Lendlease’s national Reconciliation Action Plan partners. Lendlease has supported the development of the AES iTradies program which has been rolled out on the Gosford Hospital Redevelopment, playing a key part in the participation of more than 125 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the Central Coast.