Fes­ti­val funds get big wel­come

ABO­RIG­I­NAL CUL­TURE, BUSI­NESSES SHOW A ‘FIRST’

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

A FES­TI­VAL cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture in Yanchep and a pro­gram sup­port­ing early child­hood de­vel­op­ment will re­ceive fed­eral fund­ing.

City of Wan­neroo will re­ceive $19,500 from the Build­ing Bet­ter Re­gions Fund for the first Wan­joo Fes­ti­val at Yanchep Na­tional Park in 2018.

“Wan­joo” means “Wel­come” in the Noon­gar lan­guage and the fes­ti­val, set to be the first of its kind in Perth, will show­case mu­sic, dance, theatre, movies, vis­ual arts, bush tucker, cer­e­monies, sto­ry­telling, work­shops and in­dige­nous busi­nesses.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the fund­ing from the De­part­ment of In­dus­try, In­no­va­tion and Sci­ence al­lowed the City to go ahead with the fes­ti­val, which would cel­e­brate di­ver­sity in the com­mu­nity.

“The Wan­joo Fes­ti­val, cel­e­brat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture, com­mu­nity and busi­ness, will now be held for the first time in 2018 at Yanchep Na­tional Park,” act­ing com­mu­nity and place di­rec­tor Shane Spinks said.

“This event will cel­e­brate the rich cul­tures that have ex­isted in Aus­tralia for thou­sands of years.”

The City will use an­other $19,000 grant to ex­pand the It’s All About Play (IAAP) pro­gram to Two Rocks and Alki­mos li­braries dur­ing school terms.

“IAAP is for chil­dren aged four and un­der and up to 80 chil­dren a week at­tend each of the cur­rent ses­sions to en­joy rhymes, songs and play through an en­rich­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Spinks said.

“This grant means more chil­dren will be able to par­tic­i­pate in this im­por­tant, fun and de­vel­op­men­tal ac­tiv­ity.”

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said the two key com­mu­nity projects could be­come a re­al­ity thanks to the fund­ing.

“Hav­ing an an­nual fes­ti­val such as the Wan­joo Fes­ti­val will en­cour­age more vis­i­tors to Yanchep and in­crease com­mu­nity en­gage­ment,” he said.

“The weekly IAAP pro­gram at Clark­son Li­brary is cur­rently ser­vic­ing the north­ern cor­ri­dor and while a lot of fam­i­lies are trav­el­ling from sub­urbs such as Yanchep, Two Rocks and Alki­mos, there are many that are not.”

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