Reconciliation partnerships program

Reconciliation partnerships program


Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Community Partnership Program, called ‘Pirku-itya’, a Kaurna word meaning ‘for community’, will help support not for profit organisations and communities through sponsorship for projects and events that support reconciliation outcomes.

Aligned with our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2020-23, communities and organisations applying for these sponsorships will demonstrate ‘Supporting stronger communities through reconciliation based activities that link to SA Water’s vision of delivering trusted water services for a sustainable and healthy South Australia.’

Pirku-itya is available for organisations to apply for sponsorship of up to $10,000 per partnership.

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Applications close 31 August 2021.

We look forward to working with organisations who, like us, foster an inclusive culture where diversity of thought, background and experience are embraced and celebrated.

Applicants must be:

  • a not for profit South Australian organisation that is Aboriginal owned and/or operated or able to demonstrate Aboriginal community relationships through involvement and outcomes that have a direct and positive impact for Aboriginal people
  • able to demonstrate how the sponsorship will support communities to design and implement reconciliation-based activities.

Key measurable outcomes of your project or event must include:

  • A clear link to reconciliation in action, through creating reconciliation opportunities in your community or within your sphere of influence.

It must also support one of the following:

  • A clear link to our vision of delivering trusted water services for a sustainable and healthy South Australia.
  • Promote the health and wellbeing of active, thriving communities through a cooler or greener environment.
  • Proactive environmental leadership – demonstrating or supporting climate change action with a reduce and reuse mindset or climate change resilience.

The project or event should provide acknowledgement and opportunities for SA Water to engage with the community.

The sponsored event or project is to be delivered by October 2022. Note projects that span multiple years, or that require recurrent funding are unable to be supported through this program.

Please note - If your project is short listed, we may request additional information from you, such as an organisational capability statement or list of key personnel to provide assurance of successful project delivery

Your contribution

Your organisation will need to cover:

  • Administration costs (including wages)
  • Sitting fees
  • Travel/or other costs associated with applying for this program.

Responsibilities for successful applicants

  • Entering into an agreement which includes a work plan and describes how and when the funding will be used and how the project will be implemented.
  • Completing the project activities as agreed in the work plan.
  • Ensuring activities are conducted in accordance with sound environmental and safety practices, and do not impact on environmental and cultural values.
  • Legally binding agreements are in place for all Community Partnerships.
  • Proactively engaging SA Water in activities and events where appropriate.
  • Submitting photos, progress reports and being available for media interviews as requested.
  • Completion of the evaluation form at the end of the program or event.

We will not consider partnering with:

  • individuals
  • any project, program or event related to gambling.
  • events that promote the consumption of alcohol as its core activity (such as wine festivals).
  • organisations that we are already engaged in a formal arrangement such as a Memorandum of Understanding or contractual agreement.
  • projects, programs, or events where there is a real or perceived conflict of interest with an existing partnership, business, or sponsorship activity.

Charitable donations are not able to be made by our organisation.

NB: Use of Kaurna language in this program has been provided and approved by Jack Buckskin - Chair of the Kaurna Language Committee

Successful applicants for our 2020 program included:

Regional Anangu Aboriginal CorporationPipalyatjara & Kalka Communities: Cemeteries Fence Building ProjectPipalyatjara and Kalka Communities are located approximately 200 km south west of Uluru (Ayers Rock) in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands (APY Lands).  The project will provide for a fence to be built around their very important burial sites to provide a secure area that can be protected from animals that have been destroying the graves and grave sites.
Participants will learn many skills including basic construction and fencing skills, teamwork, time management and general labouring skills.
Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous CorporationCommunity Garden Project

ASG Riverland is based in Berri and administers a range of services to provide a complete social and emotional well-being pathway for people in the community.
Funding will be used for the creation of a Community Garden to support the café on site at Glossop Cultural Centre, providing fresh produce for local community members and encourage younger Aboriginal men and women to participate in Agricultural programs delivered by local training organisations. Programs delivered will include employment programs, education, cultural connections, a working café along with the community garden.
Nipapanha Aboriginal Community CorporationIrish Well Hut Cultural Heritage Museum Development

Flinders Ranges
The project will see the development of a Cultural Heritage Museum at Irish Well Hut within the Nantawarrina Indigenous Protected Area, in the northern Flinders Ranges.
Funding will contribute to the design/printing of interpretive signage, the installation and materials and cabinets for the display of cultural artefacts.  The cultural museum will bring together the two intertwined histories of Irish Well, with interpretive signage and artefacts to tell the story of the early pastoral station days, and Adnyamathanha history, and how the two are interconnected.
Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association IncGrowing the Future with Cultural Seeds of the Past

The mission of the Nharangga Aboriginal Progress Association is to care for Nharangga people, culture, language and Country.
Funding will be used to develop a community garden, featuring bush tucker, in an environment that encourages that encourage cooperative interaction and social support.
Its focus on welcoming the broader community to an Aboriginal project on Aboriginal land fosters the building of self-worth, breaks down barriers and establishes Aboriginal people as active community participants on their own Country.
Housing Choices SA

HCSA Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Financial Literacy Program

Adelaide & Port Augusta

Housing Choices SA (HCSA) are a not-for-profit housing provider with a vision that All people are affordably housed in neighbourhoods that support life opportunities.
Funding will be used to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents to co-design and implement a financial literacy program. By empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents to inform the decision making through a series of focused workshops the initiative will not only meet the cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tenants but also result in improved financial knowledge leading to reduced debt and increased financial resilience.
Raukkan Community CouncilRaukkan Water Play feature

Lake Alexandrina
Raukkan Community Council is the elected governing body of the small Aboriginal community of Raukkan.
Funding will be used to install a water play feature in the town’s centre, adjacent to the basketball courts and barbeque shelter; the place where young people play and congregate. The water play feature will incorporate a coloured concrete aggregate base designed by Ngarrindjeri artist Allan Sumner; with the design themed around the cultural importance of water, our people, the traditional custodians of the Murray, Lower Lakes and Coorong region.
Aboriginal Basketball Academy

Basketball academy

Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta. Kadina, Riverland and Port Lincoln

The ABA supports Aboriginal year 10, 11, and 12 students in metro Adelaide to gain their SACE accreditation, deliver clinics, camps and programs to primary school students across metropolitan and regional South Australia.    
Funding will be used to deliver camps and clinics to over 800 young kids in 15 metro schools and 9 country regions, concentrating the message on school completion, participation, healthy life choices around bullying and smoking.