Pirku-Itya (Reconciliation Partnerships Program)

Pirku-Itya (Reconciliation Partnerships Program)

Applications for our 2024-25 Pirku-Itya (Reconciliation Partnerships Program) are now open. Click here to apply.

Pirku-Itya is a Kaurna word meaning ‘for community’ and our partnership program is focused on grassroots community events and projects run by not for profit organisations that contribute to reconciliation in South Australia.

To be eligible, your projects and events need to support stronger communities through reconciliation-based activities and have a clear link to water use and our vision of delivering trusted water services for a sustainable and healthy South Australia.

We are looking for groups who are promoting the health and wellbeing of active, thriving communities through a cooler or greener environment, or are showcasing proactive environmental leadership.

This program runs annually following the financial calendar year. Pirku-itya is available for organisations to apply for sponsorship of up to $10,000 per partnership.

Use of Kaurna language in this program has been provided and approved by Jack Buckskin - Chair of the Kaurna Language Committee

Previous applicants include:

Tauondi Aboriginal Corporation

Revitalisation of Tauondi Cultural Ground

Upgrading Tauondi’s outdoor cultural ground to perform cultural practices including storytelling, dancing, cultural cooking and smoking ceremonies around the fire pit.

Australian Science and Mathematics School

Indigenous Garden Renewal

Using culturally and environmentally restorative plantings to demonstrate climate change resilient practices and telling the story of the local culture and links through a mural.

Aboriginal Sobriety Group Indigenous Corporation

Jerry Mason Senior Memorial Centre Community Garden

Creation of wicking beds with water reservoirs at the base to water plants from below rather than above, providing the optimal amount of water for plants, and using significantly less water in the process.

Flinders View Primary School and Preschool

Bush Garden

Establishing an outdoor classroom with interactive signage connecting to the learning the students have done about the uses of various plants in traditional and modern Aboriginal culture and creating better accessibility for all those who enter the garden.

Adelaide Contemporary Experimental

Film Project and Public Program

Creating a film that ‘gives voice’ to the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth that will become a part of the collective river voices, as well as present a symposium on water and its cultural significance to South Australian Indigenous communities.

Viliwarinha Yura Aboriginal Corporation

Native Garden/Drought Resistant Landscaping

Planting a bush garden and medicinal plants around the soon to be established Yappala Art Gallery.