Sunday, May 26, 2024

Toowoomba tries on Indigenous corporate uniform for size

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) has launched its first ever Indigenous Corporate Uniform as part of National Reconciliation Week.

TRC Mayor, Paul Antonio said he was proud to be involved in today’s launch.

“Council is committed to developing a culturally safe, healthy and productive workforce which acknowledges the original peoples of these lands,” Mayor Antonio said.

“It’s important to recognise the invaluable contributions, experiences and insights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made, not only to our organisation, but to the wider community.

“We consider this new Corporate Uniform as an important initiative in our ongoing journey of reconciliation.”

TRC CEO, Brian Pidgeon said the uniform’s artwork was designed by Council employee Dean McIntosh.

“Last year, we put a call out to local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists for the creation of a distinct piece to be used in Council’s corporate uniform,” Mr Pidgeon said.

“Dean’s a proud Goomeroi man from South West Queensland who was taught to paint by his grandmother and uncles.”

Dean’s two designs each tell stories about Council’s ‘Rich Traditions and Bold Ambitions’ – with one exploring the theme of connection and the other representing teaching pathways.

“It looks wonderful and I’m pleased to see our staff wearing our Indigenous uniforms with pride.

“To ensure staff know the Indigenous stories behind the shirt and artwork, on each shirt you’ll find information relating to the artist, the artwork and a message from me around the importance of reconciliation in Council.

“Thank you to all staff who were involved in the planning and design process. I look forward to seeing how we can build on this initiative in the coming years,” he said.

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