Recognition welcomed

Colin Hadland and Charlie Shaw present Gingin Shire President Michael Aspinall the partnership document.
Colin Hadland and Charlie Shaw present Gingin Shire President Michael Aspinall the partnership document.

Margaret Drayton and Kevin Fitzgerald, from SWALC, along with community representatives Marge Shaw, Charlie Shaw and Colin Hadland, presented the document to the Shire last week.

The document includes Aboriginal artworks from the Yued women and provides suggestions for how the Nyungars can be recognised in future projects.

Ms Drayton and councillors discussed the possibility of including a storyboard in the Shire’s Moore River foreshore boardwalk project.

Mr Hadland thanked the Shire for recognising the Yued people on its welcome sign and Mr Shaw gave the Shire a blessing in native tongue. Mr Fitzgerald then spoke about the cultural significance of the positive steps that the shire had taken and the importance of the partnership document.

‘This partnership is a big step that has never been taken. It is important to us and it’s a great opportunity and I hope the Nyungars will accept this,’ Mr Fitzgerald said.

Shire President Michael Aspinall said council looked forward to working with the Yued people on future projects.