Plan bringing people together

Alan Alderson and Dennis Jetta raise the flags.
Alan Alderson and Dennis Jetta raise the flags.

Mrs Dawson said the Yued Noongar people who used to live in the area left after a chicken pox outbreak, but her generation used to return seasonally.

‘The younger generation came back here to fish and swim and camp ” many a summer time we were all out here,’ the Moora resident said.

‘I’ve been coming here all my life, bringing children and grandchildren.’

Shire of Gingin chief executive Jeremy Edwards said the shire, Yued Noongar people and Heritage Advice Australia had been working on the plan for 12 months.

Mr Edwards said an indigenous employment strategy would also be developed this year.

Shire President Mike Aspinall said there had been extensive consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, represented by Dennis Jetta, who raised the Aboriginal flag while councillor Alan Alderson raised the national flag.

Mr Jetta said it was a plan every shire should have, and an occasion to celebrate.

‘It gives us the opportunity that we probably never had before to have our voice,’ he said.

Moore MLA Shane Love said WA could not reach its full potential until there was full understanding between its people.