Shire of Mundaring permanently flies Aboriginal flag at chambers

Greenmount Primary School dancers entertain visitors at the Aboriginal flag unveiling ceremony. Picture: David Baylis
Greenmount Primary School dancers entertain visitors at the Aboriginal flag unveiling ceremony. Picture: David Baylis

A SMOKING ceremony marked an event in Mundaring on Tuesday to celebrate the permanent display of Aboriginal flags inside the council chambers and the civic reception room.

Senior Whadjuk Yok woman Cindy Nelson performed the special ceremony and leading indigenous community representative Di Ryder unveiled the Shire of Mundaring flags.

Children from Greenmount Primary School performed traditional dances to entertain councillors and guests who included Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw.

The Australian and Aboriginal flags outside Mundaring council administration building. Picture: Supplied

Shire President John Daw said reconciliation was an important journey for all Australians.

“Shire of Mundaring and its community are on that journey at this very moment,” he said.

“This ceremony allows us to recognise the wrongs of the past that have happened to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and commit to make sure this never happens again.

“It represents a gesture of healing.”

Mundaring Community Men’s Shed designed and built the flag mounts to hold the Aboriginal, state and national flags.

“This is an important way for the Shire’s community to show respect for the traditional owners of this land, the Nyungar people, and for all Aboriginal Australians,” Cr Daw said.

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