TBA Recognises National Reconciliation Week

By Tenpin Bowling Australia
May 27, 2021

Tenpin Bowling Australia (TBA) recognises National Reconciliation Week, May 27 – June 3 2021, as an important time to acknowledge and pay respect to the traditional owners of the land.

Marking the 20th anniversary of Reconciliation Australia, the theme for National Reconciliation Week 2021 calls out tokenistic responses to Reconciliation and rallies all Australians to commit themselves to the movement, emphasising that Reconciliation can only be achieved through meaningful reflection, dialogue, and action.

TBA acknowledges that as a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), we need to act and do more.  The reflection in relation to National Reconciliation Week has initiated great discussion within the organisation. The first critical steps endorsed by the TBA Board is to establish a new Indigenous Advisory Group and to develop TBA’s first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). 

“The establishment of an advisory group is a critical step.  This was supported at our recent Board meeting and we acknowledge we are on a journey as an organisation when it comes to reconciliation” said TBA CEO Rohan O’Neill.

The aim of the RAP is to make reconciliation part of the business of our workplace culture and decision making. Practical, reportable actions will drive TBA’s contribution to reconciliation internally and in the communities in which we operate.

“We’ve reflected on our role and we feel that through our advisory group and the development of a RAP, we can play a more meaningful role. We have started by acknowledging country at each Board meeting and acknowledging the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work” added O’Neill.

National Reconciliation Week 2021 Logo

The logo for National Reconciliation Week 2021 by 33 Creative features the amazing artwork of artist Jessica Johnson of Nungala Creative. Johnson has a highly creative and innovative approach with a distinct voice shaped by her unique lived experience.

The design elements included in the logo tells the story of the active approach needed for action. Every person is asked to stand up for reconciliation and use their mind and soul to enact change.

The theme for 2021 – More than a word. Reconciliation takes action– asks for a whole-of-community response. Drawing on the strength of Reconciliation Australia’s 20th anniversary, let us come together, and take action for Reconciliation.