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.

Applicants are

  • 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 the 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 2022 program included:

Neporendi Aboriginal Forum IncSouthern Deadly Fun Run

This event provides a social, inclusive and fun environment focusing on reconciliation, celebration of culture, and acknowledging the strength of First Nations peoples. At each of the runs, First Nations community members present skills and experiences using singing, yidaki playing, storytelling, dancing or presenting Acknowledgement of Country in language.

Four local participants are also selected to run the National Deadly Fun Run around Uluru on Pitjantjatjara country with other runners selected from across Australia. This is a life-changing opportunity for participants to share and learn about other First Nations cultures from Elders.

Wiri Miya Aboriginal CorporationGynburra, Yorke Peninsula

This three-day event, aims to celebrate the Narungga peoples as traditional owners of Yorke Peninsula. Gynburra is a culturally-significant species of fish, and represents their connection and caring for sea, land and Country.

At the core of Gynburra is a fishing competition that has been taking place in the waters off Port Victoria each year for around 50 years and allows men and boys from Narungga to compete in a spearfishing competition to hunt Gynburra and continue the traditional fishing practice passed on  from older community members.

Glossop High School/Regional Berri Secondary CollegeAboriginal Cultural Garden

Created together with the community, the new gargen will reflect Aboriginal culture of the past, present and future. The garden will provide a space for Aboriginal students, their families and the wider community to engage in cultural activities and sustainable practices that create pathways for educational and cultural opportunities in the spirit of reconciliation.

Point Pearce Aboriginal CorporationWater Play in Point Pearce

The Point Pearce Aboriginal Corporation has identified there are limited opportunities for children in the community to engage with each other and with other families. This project is to install a water park and encourage children to play together and bring community togetherness using water which is recognised as a healing resource to the Point Pearce people.