Lendlease Learns Desert Knowledge
Mar 25, 2018
Lendlease immerses in Central Australia and creates new opportunities
Key executives from Lendlease travelled to Central Australia for three days of knowledge and culture experiences and collaborative workshops hosted by DKA and its partners.
Eleven representatives from the Sydney-based international property and infrastructure group arrived in Alice Springs in March to tour the Desert Knowledge Precinct, including visits to Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Centre for Appropriate Technology, the DKA Solar Centre, and host organisation DKA, followed by a sunset dinner with some of the leading lights of Alice Springs.
During their visit, guests participated in cultural experiences that included bush tucker tasting and an introduction to Arrernte culture led by Deanella Mack from Cultural Connections NT, as well as a bush trip to Black Tank, an outstation 90km north of Alice Springs where Tyson Carmody and his family shared their stories and culture. Tyson welcomed the group to Black Tank with a smoking ceremony and generously shared knowledge about country, bush tucker, bush medicine and the kinship system.
Back at the Precinct, DKA program manager Michael Liddle presented to guests on Codes 4 Life, an innovative workshop for Aboriginal men. Michael is an Arrernte and Alyawarre man who, in consultation with his Elders has developed a workshop that he describes as an opportunity to “reset the Aboriginality” of Aboriginal men who have lost their way. Drawing comparisons between the rules of AFL and Western and Aboriginal law, Codes 4 Life provides a space for Aboriginal men to discuss their connection to culture, challenges in life and to plan their path back to their families and society.
DKA led discussions regarding the unique considerations necessary when working in Central Australia with Aboriginal people and organisations. Navigating business protocols alongside Aboriginal protocols is an opportunity to make powerful new stories in Central Australia. By working together we can develop new ways of working that contribute to the economic development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island businesses.
The knowledge gained from this experience will assist Lendlease to strengthen protocols surrounding practices of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses. Lendlease are demonstrating strong leadership in seeking to deepen their understanding of Aboriginal cultures and committing to the development of strong relationships with Aboriginal organisations. We look forward to welcoming Lendlease back to Central Australia and continuing our partnership as we work to strengthen regional and remote communities.
Anne teaches Melissa and Amanda about bush food
Enjoying a bush food lunch from Kungkas Can Cook
Learning about bush medicine on country
Touring the CfAT workshop
Touring the DKA Solar Centre
Lendlease learning on country at Black Tank
Michael Liddle presents to Lendlease about his Codes 4 Life workshop.
Networking: Precinct Elder-in-residence Harold Fuber with Lendlease’s Melissa Haigh and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan
Networking: Suzanne, Liz and Cath from Lendlease with Jimmy Cocking (ALEC) and Dr Stephen Hagan (Batchelor)
The textiles room at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Tyson Carmody at Black Tank Outstation
Tyson welcomes Lendlease executives to Black Tank Outstation.