Climate Friendly was established to tackle the climate challenge we are all facing, and we do this by focusing on regenerating land across Australia. It is natural that this focus on land has led us to forge connections with Australia’s Traditional Owners and first custodians of the lands we are working to regenerate: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples.
Building on our shared values and interest in carbon farming, we are proud to be a partner with six Traditional Owner groups across 19 projects.
This led us to develop our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2019, but as our company and industry continues to grow so has our commitment to meaningful action. In 2022, Climate Friendly launched its second RAP, moving to the Innovate phase. An Innovate RAP focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation. It also looks to develop and pilot innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
We hope this journey will enable us to deepen our engagement with existing and new Traditional Owner partners, expanding the scope of possible collaborations. This will lead to both more enduring partnerships, and improved community and environmental outcomes for everyone involved. Our team are excited by the prospects and looking forward to sharing the reconciliation journey ahead for us with our partners and the broader carbon farming community.
Growing and Caring by Dennis Golding celebrates the natural resources of Aboriginal land with the connections between land, plants and joining waters.
The crow’s ash (formally known as Flindersia Australis) is a plant that is native to the east coast of Australia and can be found along the water streams. The design is inspired by the crow’s ash seed pods through its sharp and bold patterns and forms which are conceptualised as a symbol for new life and growth.
This design is symbolically drawn to the seed pod to connect the stories of life sustainability and care for Country as way of understanding how Aboriginal people have cared for their Country now and continue to do so.
The objects are surrounded and overlayed with topographical patterning and curved lines which are inspired by the surrounding river veins and connections to the coastline.
Dennis is a descendant of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay people from the northwest of New South Wales. He spent most of his childhood living in Redfern and now resides in the southeast Sydney suburb of Little Bay. Dennis has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) degree from UNSW Art & Design.
In addition to creating his own pieces, he has been commissioned to create artworks for a range of high-profile projects including the inaugural Indigenous Wallabies jersey for Rugby Australia, the Indigenous jersey for the Wests Tigers NRL club, and the Indigenous jersey for the Sydney Swifts netball club. Dennis has also been commissioned to create artworks for the Cancer Institute of NSW, Infrastructure Australia, Sydney Water, EY and Supply Nation.