New signage at Nyoongar Trail to help residents connect

Trevor Walley Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d491974
Trevor Walley Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d491974

RESIDENTS will have the opportunity to explore and connect with the Nyoongar seasons after the City of Rockingham officially launched new signage for the Nyoongar Trail at Karnup Reserve.

The Nyoongar Trail, which was originally located at neighbouring Don Sheppard Reserve, was established to help the community learn about the ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have with Rockingham.

The new trail recognises the importance the Nyoongar seasons have in understanding the country we live in and the way Aboriginal people have lived for tens of thousands of years.

New signage also includes significant use of Nyoongar language, which has been included to increase the visibility and recognition of the language in the community.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the trail and signs would be a resource for the entire community to enjoy.

“The new Nyoongar Trail will be a starting point that leads to more curiosity and interest from residents in learning about local Nyoongar culture, language and connection to country,” he said.

“The project to develop the new signs involved contributions from a number of people.

“I would like to thank the City’s Aboriginal Advisory Group for their influential role and the students from Safety Bay Senior High School who developed the artwork featured on the signage.”

The City of Rockingham is in the process of developing its third Reconciliation Action Plan.

“During our consultations with the community the importance of increasing community cultural awareness was identified,” Cr Sammels said.

“Providing opportunities such as the Nyoongar Trail for community members and schools is an important step to achieving this.”

The trail will also provide tourists with the opportunity to explore and learn more about Nyoongar culture.

“Going forward, we hope that many residents and visitors will be able to gain an understanding of the history and significance the environment has to Aboriginal people,” Cr Sammels said.

The Nyoongar Trail is about 250m long on flat terrain and is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete on foot.