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From standing alone to standing together

By John Paul Janke I’ve always had a special connection to NAIDOC Week; it holds such special memories for me. In the 1970s, I remember gatherings and street marches in Cairns with my family and when we moved to Canberra in the late 1970s – attending many community and public events across National Capital. Back then, NAIDOC had just expanded …

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RORK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS IN QUEENSLAND

With a total of 110 projects, 65 clients, 20 staff, 623 subcontractors and 128,500 hours worked on site – this month Rork Projects celebrates five years in Queensland. In May 2016, founding partners Brian and Angela O’Rourke were joined by their first Brisbane recruit, Business Development Manager Pepe Ianniello, where the three of them worked out of a small office …

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Reconciliation Series launched

On Tuesday 25 May, Rork Projects joined the Property Council of Australia to launch their inaugural Reconciliation Series in Brisbane, with a bit of breakfast and basketball. Rork’s co-owner John Paul Janke joined Brisbane Bullets CEO Peter McLennan, CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program’s Tiarne Shutt and Gadens Brad Marland for an important discussion about reconciliation – where we are, what we’re doing, and how we as businesses and individuals can …

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NEW: Rork + PCA Reconciliation Event Series

As we approach the 20th Anniversary of the official Reconciliation Week in Australia, Rork Projects are proud to announce their partnership with the Property Council of Australia for a new event series. ‘The Reconciliation Series’ will be held across the East Coast capitols Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Canberra. Whilst 2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades …

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The positives of pandemics

Last night saw the first of our 2021 event series Constructive Conversations kick off in Brisbane. Our MC John Paul Janke led a fascinating discussion between Geoff Trappett OAM, Kate Jones and Claire Moran about the future of work and workplaces in 2021 and beyond. The trio shared their insights about how – as with all pandemics we’ve experienced throughout …

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Rork Projects launches new national event series

Rork Projects is proud to announce the launch of a new annual event series, Constructive Conversations, bringing together industry experts to share their perspectives and insights for the year ahead. Brisbane will kick off the Constructive Conversations series on the 11 February, with the Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne events to follow. Rork Projects Managing Director, Brian O’Rourke said that the …

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NAIDOC Week 2020

Across the nation each year, NAIDOC Week is such enormous week of events and activities in communities, schools and workplaces – joining together to celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander history, achievement and culture – as the oldest living continuing culture on the planet. For Rork Projects’ Co-Owner John Paul Janke, it’s his busiest week of the year. It is …

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BLM: Achieving real change respectfully, inclusively and confidently

Rork Projects’ John Paul Janke recently spoke with Lisa Annese, CEO of the Diversity Council of Australia, about what is needed to recognise Australia’s ongoing racial injustices and shift the dial to create a future that includes Australia’s First Nations people. John is a member of Diversity Council of Australia (DCA) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander External Advisory Panel. The …

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Initiative launched to enact positive future change

Rork Projects proudly launched the wa initiative at a special gathering in Brisbane on Friday 31 January. Around 100 invited guests helped us celebrate the launch of our new initiative that aims to enact positive future change through the education and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Speaking at the launch, Rork Project Co Owners John Paul Janke …

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Yarrabah visit a highlight of our 2019 National Conference

A visit to the beautiful FNQ Aboriginal community of Yarrabah was the major highlight of Rork Projects’ two-day national conference held recently in Cairns on 15-16 August. The purpose of the community visit was to assist all staff in gaining a greater understanding and awareness of Indigenous cultures, peoples and histories. For many of the Rork Projects’ 64 staff, the …