City of Wanneroo to use Building Better Regions Funds for Yanchep festival and Two Rocks and Alkimos library programs


Joanne Donnelly (Warwick) with Frederick (3) and Archie (4) at It’s All About Play at Wanneroo Library. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472937
Joanne Donnelly (Warwick) with Frederick (3) and Archie (4) at It’s All About Play at Wanneroo Library. Picture: Martin Kennealey d472937

A FESTIVAL celebrating Aboriginal culture in Yanchep and a program supporting early childhood development will receive federal funding.

City of Wanneroo will receive $19,500 from the Building Better Regions Fund for the first Wanjoo Festival at Yanchep National Park in 2018.

‘Wanjoo’ means ‘Welcome’ in the Noongar language, and the festival, set to be the first of its kind in Perth, will showcase music, dance, theatre, movies, visual arts, bush tucker, ceremonies, storytelling, workshops and Indigenous businesses.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the funding from the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science allowed the City to go ahead with the festival, which would celebrate diversity in the community.

“The Wanjoo Festival, celebrating Aboriginal culture, community and business, will now be held for the first time in 2018 at Yanchep National Park,” acting community and place director Shane Spinks said.

“This event will celebrate the rich cultures that have existed in Australia for thousands of years, and encourage the community to come together to learn, appreciate and grow.”

The City will use another $19,000 grant to expand the It’s All About Play (IAAP) program to Two Rocks and Alkimos libraries during school terms.

“IAAP is for children aged four and under, and up to 80 children a week attend each of the current sessions to enjoy rhymes, songs and play through an enriching learning environment,” Mr Spinks said.

“This grant means more children will be able to participate in this important, fun and developmental activity.”

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the two key community projects could become a reality thanks to the funding.

“Having an annual festival such as the Wanjoo Festival, which celebrates Aboriginal culture and businesses, will encourage more visitors to Yanchep and increase community engagement,” he said.

“This festival will provide an opportunity for all people to come together and celebrate our region’s rich Aboriginal culture and history.”

Mr Porter said the IAAP program provided children and parents access to quality learning experiences and peer support.

“The weekly IAAP program at Clarkson Library is currently servicing the northern corridor and while a lot of families are travelling from suburbs such as Yanchep, Two Rocks and Alkimos, there are many that are not,” he said.

“Expanding the IAAP program in our northern coastal area will provide thousands of families with a unique play opportunity and resource that they would otherwise not get to experience while increasing community connectivity.”

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