Mitch Peden, General Manager, Volvo Bus Australia has said that this collaboration ties in with Volvo Group Australia’s (VGA) Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) commitment – with the company recently submitting its ‘Reflect’ RAP earlier this year.
“We’re delighted to have partnered with Sunstate Charters for this special occasion,” says Peden.
“Not only was the unveiling of the Indigenous wrap bus a wonderful way to celebrate NAIDOC Week, but also to represent Volvo Bus Australia’s commitment to reconciliation, as part of the wider Volvo Group, and engaging our wider network in the spirit of reconciliation in the process.”
“We share many core values with Sunstate Charters, such as safety, quality and a commitment to customer success, so it made this collaboration with Sunstate all the more special.”
Sunstate were thrilled with the opportunity to be involved in this collaboration with Volvo Bus Australia and VGA. As a local Queensland company, Sunstate are big supporters of embracing all cultures and supporting local community.
“Sunstate Charters were proud and honoured to be given the opportunity to join with Volvo to mark this important occasion in acknowledging First Nation history and cultures,” said Lisa Ritchie, General Manager, Sunstate Charters.
The bus was officially unveiled at the VGA headquarters in Wacol, Queensland, on Thursday July 7 with VGA staff and partners in attendance.
The Indigenous artwork on the bus was originally commissioned by VGA as a painting. Jacob Sarra’s untitled piece symbolises VGA’s journey as part of the reconciliation movement and highlights its past journey throughout Sweden and Australia, and the company’s future journey towards zero emissions.
The artwork took close to 25 hours to create and was completed onsite at the VGA head office. The artwork will hang in VGA headquarters, as a reminder of the groups’ vision for reconciliation, and its acknowledgement of the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.