Holiday artwork by Ngarga Warendj (Dancing Wombat)

Understanding the new MSA Levy banner

The Biosis team has started work on our Reconciliation Action Plan. This document will define and formalise our organisation’s approach to advancing reconciliation in Australia. We formed a RAP working group who meet regularly, discussing and workshopping ways we can meaningfully advance the five dimensions of reconciliation – race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity and historical acceptance. We intend to submit our RAP to Reconciliation Australia for their official endorsement in 2021. 

As part of our RAP framework, Biosis has committed to further strengthening our commercial relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander businesses and looking for opportunities to engage Supply Nation-endorsed vendors. 

Artwork by Ngarga Warendj (Dancing Wombat)

Mick Harding Dancing Wombat Ngarga Warendj

The image of Bundjil, the wedge-tailed eagle and the gum leaves used in our holiday season email signature were both created by Mick Harding, the artist behind Ngarga Warendj (Dancing Wombat). 

Belonging to the Yowung-Illam-Baluk and Nattarak Baluk clans of the Taungwurung people, Mick’s art draws on traditional symbols from South-Eastern Australia. He is both an artist and a cultural educator, and it’s his goal to share the unique stories and culture of the Taungurung people through his artwork. 

‘It is important for us to build relationships with our clients based on cultural understanding, trust and reliability, Our symbols. Our stories. Our country.”

The story of Bundjil, the wedge-tailed eagle, as told by Ngarga Warendj

Bundjil, the wedge-tailed eagle created the Earth and all the living things in it. Once Bundjil finished creating the Earth, Bellin Bellin the musk crow blew him and his six special men to the sky, where they lived in plenty as stars.

“Bundjil’s law entails that everyone and everything on Country must be respected and looked after.”

Bundjil is a spiritual leader, and an important moiety ancestor, or totem. His law helps us understand our commitments to the land, ourselves and each other. 

While Bundjil’s law should guide us always, we think it’s especially pertinent as we close out the extraordinary year that was 2020, and wish for better things in 2021. 

We wish you a happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year.