City introduces dual name signs ahead of Naidoc Week

 City of Melville environmental education officer Kellie Fowler; community development officers – Aboriginal engagement Leanne Woods and Lyeesha Jetta with environmental officer, Jacklyn Kelly with one of the signs.
City of Melville environmental education officer Kellie Fowler; community development officers – Aboriginal engagement Leanne Woods and Lyeesha Jetta with environmental officer, Jacklyn Kelly with one of the signs.

NEW dual name signs to recognise local places of Aboriginal significance have been installed at Wireless Hill (Yagan Mia), Blackwall Reach (Jenalup) and Point Walter (Dyoondalup).

The City of Melville had already put other signs at Wireless Hill, two at Point Heathcote (Goolugatup) and two in Bull Creek (Gabbiljee) as part of its recommitment to reconciliation.

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Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the signs were one action of many from the City’s Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2017-2021 to recognise Aboriginal history and heritage at significant locations across Melville.

“By installing these dual name signs, we acknowledge the significant Aboriginal heritage and history in these locations, which helps increase knowledge and understanding within our community of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and achievements in our City,” he said.

Melville’s new signs come as the City of Fremantle also confirmed it will have dual names as part of it’s four-year reconciliation plan.

Naidoc Week events:

• An art exhibition at AH Bracks Library and Creative Space features animal-inspired art from the Artija Art Gallery and the City’s art collection.

• An art exhibition featuring artworks from significant Aboriginal Western Australian artists at Heathcote Cultural Precinct.

• A community family event at Willagee Community Centre on Saturday, July 13 from 4pm to 7pm.

• An Aboriginal art talk by Anna Kanaris at AH Bracks Library and Creative Space on July 20 from 10am to 12pm.