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