NAIDOC Week is celebrated from 4 -11 July in 2021. At Investa, we are acknowledging NAIDOC across the whole month of July, throughout our buildings, via our Insite app and portal through digital programming and competitions. 

For First Nations peoples, Country is more than a place inherent to identity. Country sustains lives spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally. Country is spoken of like a person. The NAIDOC Week 2021 theme is “Heal Country!”, which calls for greater measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage.

Healing country means finally resolving many of the outstanding injustices which impact the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to fundamentally change the relationship Australia has with First Australians, and to celebrate their rich history, diverse cultures and achievements.

At Investa we’ll be highlighting this year’s theme of “Heal Country!”, through cultural immersion programs and tours planned with our teams in the coming months across the capital cities; Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. These programs aim to educate our teams on the rich history, diverse cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.


Find out what’s happening across Investa’s buildings:


126 Phillip Street
Artist-in-residence: Trevor Eastwood commissions a live painting 

Investa welcomes Trevor Eastwood, from Dalmarri to 126 Phillip St to paint a live Indigenous painting on the mornings of both Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 July.

Trevor is a proud Indigenous artist who takes pride in his work and culture and wishes to share it with the wider community. With an aspiration to carry on his father’s aboriginal knowledge, skills and culture he delivers cultural immersive programs and creates art to ensure his legacy continues. Trevor’s father is Uncle Danny Eastwood, who is one of the most famous Aboriginal artists this country has ever seen and famous all over the world for his Aboriginal art. 

This exclusive artwork will be donated to the GO Foundation and will be auctioned at their annual fundraising event in October. The GO Foundation is unique in the Aboriginal-led scholarship space, providing scholarships from primary school to university as well as wrap-around support including, cultural workshops, mentoring, career aspirations and post school pathways support. Their focus on public school students and providing up to 60% of its scholarships to girls also stands them apart.

Barrack Place tenant collaboration 
Artist-in-residence: Trevor Eastwood paints three canvas’ in the lobby 

Investa has partnered with three of our major tenants at Barrack Place (Mills Oakley, Arup and Pfizer Australia). On the afternoons of Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 July, renowned indigenous artist Trevor Eastwood, from Dalmarri this time will paint indigenous artworks for each organisation.

Each partner has provided direction on the style of the painting they would like to achieve and will have the opportunity to paint a dot or brush stroke during this immersive experience. All artworks be presented individually to the tenants on Thursday 22 July and will be displayed in their tenancy. 

Investa is excited about this fantastic collaboration opportunity with our valued tenants. We invite you come along and meet your building community in the lobby to watch Trevor in his creative element.

Digital Storytelling Workshop - Outback Experience Didgeridoo

Occupants can join in on a digital storytelling workshop with renowned performer Russel Dawson during the month of July. The workshop titled “Outback Experience Didgeridoo” is a unique indigenous narrative featuring native animal sounds, stories and artefacts.

The recorded workshop is available to view from Friday 2 July via our events section on Insite.

  

WIN 1 of 2 Indigenous hampers valued at $80 (120 Collins & 567 Collins)
To signify NAIDOC Week at 120 Collins and 567 Collins in Melbourne, we are providing occupants with the chance to WIN 1 of 2 Indigenous hampers from Kakadu Plum Co valued at $80. Simply comment on the Insite article before 30 July to be in with a chance to win. 

WIN an Indigenous hamper valued at $220 (420 George Street)
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At 420 George Street in Sydney, occupants have the chance to WIN an Indigenous hamper from Kakadu Plum Co valued at $220. They can simply comment on the Insite article before 30 July for their chance to win.

259 Queen, Brisbane - Indigenous art exhibition in the lobby 

Towards the end of July for one week, 259 Queen Street, Brisbane’s lobby will come alive with indigenous art, artefacts and more.

Bake a delicious Wattleseed Chocolate Pavlova with Nornie Bero from Mabu Mabu
For those that missed the live cooking event during National Reconciliation Week with Nornie Bero from Mabu Mabu, luckily you can still enjoy the experience by viewing the recorded workshop on Insite. Nornie shares her tips on how to get the perfect pavlova crust and soft gooey middle. Not to be missed. Happy baking!

July Flower Auctions supporting ‘The Healing Foundation’

Each week we hold an auction for the flower arrangement in our building lobbies, with all proceeds going to the nominated charity for the month. In honour of “Heal Country”, NAIDOC Week’s theme for 2021, Investa wants to show their support for The Healing Foundation. The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families. 

Bids for our flower auctions are made via our Insite app or portal each Friday, with donations going directly to the charity.


Investa’s reconciliation journey continues


Investa’s Reconcilliation Action Plan (RAP) committee is currently working towards their second INNOVATE RAP, which will be finalised later in the year. Investa acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Investa supports the journey towards reconciliation. View Investa’s Reconciliation Action Plan.