Kwinana conciliation plan launched with a public celebration

Elder Charles Kickett, Cr Matt Rowse and Elder Doris Getta.
Elder Charles Kickett, Cr Matt Rowse and Elder Doris Getta.

AN event to celebrate the City of Kwinana’s new Conciliation Action Plan will be held on March 29, with all members of the community welcome to attend.

Known as the Boola Maar Baldja Koorliny plan, the document outlines a future vision for conciliation between the City of Kwinana and the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as partners.

“Other councils refer to this process as ‘reconciliation’,” Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said.

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“But in consultation with our advisory group, we renamed the process ‘conciliation’ as it better describes the journey we are taking together,” she said.

In Noongar language, the title of the plan means ‘many hands firmly united going forward’.

“The name recognises our shared desire to move forward hand-in-hand with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, connecting us all with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society,” Ms Adams said.

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The City of Kwinana has the highest proportion in the metropolitan area of people identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, at 1961 people or 3.6 per cent of the population.

The launch event includes food, entertainment and children’s activities and will be held at the Darius Wells Library and Resources Centre, 5-7.30pm.

To read the plan visit conciliation plan.