Signs on six Noongar seasons unveiled at Yellagonga Regional Park


Beccy Garlett (Reconciliation Action Plan working group), Marion Chalker (City of Wanneroo), Mayor Tracey Roberts, Kadambii Barnao (RAP member), Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, Jason Barrow (RAP member) and Nathaniel Lee (RAP member). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483209
Beccy Garlett (Reconciliation Action Plan working group), Marion Chalker (City of Wanneroo), Mayor Tracey Roberts, Kadambii Barnao (RAP member), Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli, Jason Barrow (RAP member) and Nathaniel Lee (RAP member). Picture: Martin Kennealey d483209

NATIONAL Reconciliation Week started with the unveiling of Noongar Six Seasons signs in Wanneroo.

City of Wanneroo revealed the signs on the Lake Joondalup Foreshore in Yellagonga Regional Park at a National Reconciliation Week event on May 28.

The City developed the signs with its Reconciliation Action Plan working group and they include information on each of the seasons in the Noongar seasonal calendar – Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djilba and Kambarang.

A sign for the Birak season.

The signs also have information about Aboriginal culture and history within the City.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the project supported the City’s vision for reconciliation.

“The City is committed to creating an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures, based on mutual respect and understanding between Aboriginal Australians and other Australians,” she said.

To commemorate this year’s theme ‘Don’t keep history a mystery: Learn. Share. Grow’, the City will also upgrade Aboriginal heritage signs at Kahana Park in Butler and Palladio Park in Clarkson.

In the coming months, the City will also install interpretive signs at Marangaroo Conservation Reserve and Quinns Beach bushland.

“I encourage all members of our community to enjoy the walking trails and take the opportunity to view the signage and learn about our City’s strong links to local Aboriginal culture and history,” Mrs Roberts said.

The Bunuru season sign.

Other National Reconciliation Week activities will take place in primary schools and youth centres.

A banner at Elizabeth Quay showcases the City’s logo alongside this year’s reconciliation theme and artwork from WA Aboriginal artist Katie Ward.

National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3 annually, with the dates chosen to recognise the 1967 referendum and 1992 Mabo decision respectively.

Visit www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week for more information.

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