Wanneroo events celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture

Shaun Nannup and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.
Shaun Nannup and Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

THE City of Wanneroo will hold a series of community events celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, language and culture for National Reconciliation Week and Naidoc Week 2019.

National Reconciliation Week takes place from May 27 to June 3, while Naidoc Week runs between July 7 and 14.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said both national events provided opportunities for people from all backgrounds to contribute towards a unified future and aligned with the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-19 to 2021-22 to improve relationships, opportunities and respect.

“The City of Wanneroo is proud of its Aboriginal heritage and is committed to recognising and celebrating the traditional owners of the land,” she said.

“This is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to explore how each of us can contribute toward achieving reconciliation.”

As part of National Reconciliation Week, the City will host a free cultural conversation workshop with community leader Shaun Nannup at Butler Community Centre on Tuesday, May 28 from 6pm.

For Naidoc Week, the City will hold a flag raising ceremony for all community members and a series of fun, cultural events for children of all ages.

The City’s official flag raising ceremony at the Wanneroo Civic Centre will start 9am on July 12, followed by a wandjoo (welcome) workshop hosted by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse on the importance of keeping Noongar language and culture alive.

“A Welcome to Country will be performed and the Aboriginal and Australian flags will be raised side-by-side on the civic centre flag poles – a symbol that we all stand together as Australians,” Mrs Roberts said.

“I hope that residents will join us for the ceremony and the interactive activities we have planned for NAIDOC Week.”

There will be free sessions of It’s All About Stories centred on Aboriginal stories for preschool aged children and their parents in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen libraries between July 2 and 5.

There will also be a free Explore Noongar Art Workshop for young people aged 10 and over at Yanchep Library on July 18.

Free Explore Noongar Song And Dance workshops for children aged five to 12 and will be held in the Clarkson, Wanneroo and Girrawheen libraries between July 11 and 18.

A Flora and Fauna Fun Day and Lunch that costs $10 will involve a tree planting session in Middleton Park followed by lunch at Hainsworth Youth Centre in Girrrawheen.

To be held on July 10, the event is for children aged nine to 16 years and includes bus pick up and drop off at four locations.

Bookings via the City’s website are needed for most events, apart from the flag raising ceremony.

For more information, visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/events.