City-owned buildings will soon display Acknowledgement of Country signage, as part of the City’s progress on its Reconciliation Action Plan.
The announcement comes on the eve of National Reconciliation Week which takes place from 27 May to 3 June and is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements.
Kaya Wanjoo (Hello and Welcome) signage will also be added to the City’s Thomas Road entry statements in coming weeks.
Mayor Carol Adams said the additions came out of the City of Kwinana’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and the City will continue to investigate and discuss options for dual Nyoongar naming on City-owned buildings.
“Our vision of conciliation is for a community that embraces culture and demonstrates respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and histories,” Mayor Adams said.
“The City’s commitment to its RAP has seen some positive action in our organisation such as hosting two Aboriginal trainees, one at the City’s Depot and one in City Assist through a partnership with Fremantle Group Training.
“In addition, late last year, the City collaborated with South Metropolitan Health Services and the Kwinana Marketplace to present Ngamari Stories consisting stories from the local community to encourage people to quit smoking.
“The City also supported the Ngalla Yorga Waangkan Group’s vision to see a significant Aboriginal meeting place at Harry Mcguigan Park named as Ngalang Moort Manjar.
“The City has made great progress to date since the launch of our first RAP in March 2019,” she said.
This Plan was created to drive and support community aspirations, build capacity and create pathways for future employment.
It was designed to embed the practice of consulting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on City business, developing strategies that will have the greatest impact on local communities, as well as development programs, events, activities and services within the City.