Hunt Hospitality has recently launched the start of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a journey marked by a commitment to embrace Indigenous culture, art, and unity.
Guided by their motto, “Recalling tradition with a twist of today,” Hunt Hospitality’s RAP reflects the company’s dedication to fostering a meaningful relationship between First Nation Peoples and Non-Indigenous Australians.
As part of this commitment, Hunt Hospitality engaged with local Lorne-based artist, Nina Ross from ‘Baayanya by Nina’, a proud Aboriginal woman with connections to Anaiwan and Dunghutti areas.
Together, they have co-created the artwork titled “We Gather, Together.”
This stunning piece of art beautifully captures the unification of all Hunt Hospitality venues across their respective Indigenous Country along the East Coast of Australia.
“We Gather, Together” not only showcases the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures but also serves as a symbol of unity and respect.
“Incorporating Indigenous art into our Reconciliation Action Plan is a meaningful way to honour the traditions and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples,” CEO of Hunt Hospitality, Stephen Hunt said.
“We are honoured for the opportunity to collaborate with the talented Nina Ross to convey our commitment to reconciliation through this artistic expression.”
In 2023, Hunt Hospitality took a proactive step further in their reconciliation journey by participating in two Indyamarra Cultural Day programs, led by Uncle Paul Gordon and David Newman.
The first session involved members of the Executive Team, including those who are part of the RAP Working Group. These In-Country Experiences were held in Awabakal Country at Mount Sugarloaf, a significant cultural site for the Awabakal people in the lower Hunter region.
For the second session, Hunt Hospitality extended the opportunity to representatives from each of their venues, particularly those with a keen interest in their Reconciliation Action Plan. This initiative reflects the company’s commitment to educating and engaging its team members in Indigenous culture and history.
“Our participation in the Indyamarra Cultural Day programs is just one example of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation,” COO of Hunt Hospitality, Ricci-Lee Wheeler continued.
“We believe that by understanding and respecting Indigenous cultures, we can contribute to building a more inclusive and harmonious Australia.”
Hunt Hospitality’s RAP is currently in its first draft stage, with an official launch anticipated in January 2024. The plan includes a range of initiatives designed to promote reconciliation within the company and the broader community.
Following the footsteps of corporations like QANTAS, Hunt Hospitalty proud to be one of the first pub groups in Australia to begin their reconciliation journey.
IMAGE | Hunt Hospitality participating in Indyamarra Cultural Day program.
Hunt Hospitality is owned and operated by Stephen Hunt, a third generation publican who, along with his family, has been a part of the hospitality industry since the 1940s.