Cel­e­brat­ing Noon­gar sea­sons

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THE six Noon­gar sea­sons are cel­e­brated in new signs un­veiled this week in Wan­neroo.

The City of Wan­neroo re­vealed the signs on the Lake Joon­dalup fore­shore in Yel­lagonga Re­gional Park at a Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week event on Mon­day.

The City de­vel­oped the signs with its Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Action Plan work­ing group and they in­clude in­for­ma­tion on each of the sea­sons in the Noon­gar sea­sonal cal­en­dar: bi­rak, bunuru, djeran, makuru, djilba and kam­barang.

The signs also have in­for­ma­tion about Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and his­tory within the City.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the project sup­ported the City’s vi­sion for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

“The City is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive community with strong re­la­tion­ships across cul­tures, based on mu­tual re­spect and un­der­stand­ing between Abo­rig­i­nal Aus­tralians and other Aus­tralians,” she said.

To com­mem­o­rate this year’s theme ‘Don’t keep his­tory a mys­tery: Learn. Share. Grow’, the City will also up­grade Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage signs at Ka­hana Park in Butler and Pal­la­dio Park in Clark­son.

In the com­ing months, the City will also in­stall in­ter­pre­tive signs at Maranga­roo Con­ser­va­tion Re­serve and Quinns Beach bush­land.

“I en­cour­age all mem­bers of our community to en­joy the walk­ing trails and take the op­por­tu­nity to view the sig­nage and learn about our City’s strong links to lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and his­tory,” Mrs Roberts said.

Other Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week ac­tiv­i­ties will take place in pri­mary schools and youth cen­tres.

A ban­ner at El­iz­a­beth Quay show­cases the City’s logo along­side this year’s rec­on­cil­i­a­tion theme and art­work from WA Abo­rig­i­nal artist Katie Ward.

Na­tional Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week runs from May 27 to June 3 an­nu­ally, with the dates cho­sen to recog­nise the 1967 ref­er­en­dum and 1992 Mabo de­ci­sion re­spec­tively.

Visit www.rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.org.au/na­tional-rec­on­cil­i­a­tion­week for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483209

Beccy Gar­lett, Mar­ion Chalker, Wan­neroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Kadambii Bar­nao, Deputy Mayor Nat San­galli, Ja­son Bar­row and Nathaniel Lee with one of the signs.

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