New plan on the reconciliation table

Elise Van AkenThe Kimberley Echo
Gija performers of the Goorirr Goorirr Joonba at Horizon Power's Reconciliation Action Plan launch.
Camera IconGija performers of the Goorirr Goorirr Joonba at Horizon Power's Reconciliation Action Plan launch.

A WA regional power provider has launched its commitment to Indigenous reconciliation in an East Kimberley community, visiting the region to unveil a new plan.

The announcement comes less than a month after State Government-owned electricity company Horizon Power was fined $40,000 for unsafe work in a neighbouring town, Kununurra.

WA State Government Energy Minister Bill Johnston visited Warmun last week to launch the the Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, which was developed by a 40 per cent Aboriginal representation working group.

He said the State Government, through Horizon Power, hoped to build strong and respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the plan.

“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,” he said.

“These plans demonstrate our commitment to strengthening our relationships and creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” he said.

Under the IRAP Horizon Power will build on previous reconciliation activities, including introducing a comprehensive cultural education program for all employees and providing additional training and opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses.

Horizon Power also announced it aims to increase its employment of Aboriginal people to seven per cent over two years, including new opportunities for graduates, management and traineeships.

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.

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