Festival funds get big welcome
ABORIGINAL CULTURE, BUSINESSES SHOW A ‘FIRST’
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.”