Reconciliation Action Plan
BDO (NTH QLD) understands the importance of reconciliation and we are mindful of this occurring in a mutually respectful and genuine way. In addition to many forms of Cultural Awareness Training that we have undertaken, we have completed our Reflect - Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and are now working on developing our Innovate RAP.
Download our RAP Reflect (5.32MB PDF).
As part of our RAP journey, local artist, Susan Reys, painted for us the artistry pictured. We are very appreciative of this beautiful piece of art that reflects our story and our connection to our people, clients and community, and we are proud to display the original painting in the reception of our Cairns office.
Artist, Susan Reys, spent some time in our office to gain an understanding of our business, our people and our values. Susan created an artwork that depicts our nine Partners and their strong historical connection or roots into our community.
The Bukul vine represents Henrietta Marrie, local elder and academic, who has been our mentor and guide. The leaves on the Bukul vine represent the knowledge and wisdom received from Henrietta as well as that which our experts share with clients in our region. The cassowary footprints represent guidance. Guidance received throughout our Reconciliation journey and also the guidance that we provide to our clients.
BDO’s five values: ONE, BOLD, HUMAN, STRIVE and HEART are depicted in red, through the centre of the artwork. Susan has incorporated the icons into her design. The colours, BDO’s corporate colours, represent the lands throughout our region. Gold and Burgundy for the outback, Emerald for the rainforest, Ocean for the Reef and Red for our people and our firm. Finally, the Water Lilies are representative of the Indigenous name of our very own Nareeta Davis. Nareeta was given her Indigenous name by the late Oodegeroo Noonuccal, an Indigenous Australian political activist, artist and educator.
Susan Reys was born and raised in Cairns with her parents Diana (nee Barnes) and Stephen Stanley Reys who was a member of the Jirrbal cultural group. On her mother’s side through her grandmother Eva Sweetland Coates, Susan is a descendant of the Butchulla people (aka Batdjala) who were forcibly removed from K’gari (Fraser Island) to Yarrabah in 1904, and her grandfather Charles Sweetland Coates was a Guugu Yimithirr man from the Daarrba clan around the Morgan River. Her Indigenous name given to her is Duliny which means Owl. Susan’s totems are the Waandaar (White Cockatoo) and Dolphin. She is privileged to know her family history and bloodline and to continue her people’s ancient tradition of painting and storytelling from her home studio where she works with stoneware glazes, textile designs and canvas paintings.
Susan has been producing and exhibiting her artwork since 2001 and has opened ‘K’gari 3 Sisters’ Aboriginal Art gallery in Cairns with fellow artist, Hendrick Fourmile. During 2003 to 2006 Susan also taught Indigenous art and design at Kangan Batman TAFE College in Victoria. Susan describes her artwork as “An expression of my Aboriginality, identity, history and new understandings in my journey in life through oil and acrylic paint; and clay.”