City of Subiaco to acknowledge traditional landowners at council meetings in first for western suburbs

City of Subiaco to acknowledge traditional landowners at council meetings in first for western suburbs

CITY of Subiaco has become the first council in the western suburbs to acknowledge traditional landowners at their meetings.

Mayor Heather Henderson gave the inaugural acknowledgment at Tuesday night’s special council meeting.

She said the City had recently introduced guidelines for recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and country.

“Acknowledgement of Country at City of Subiaco events including council meetings provides an opportunity to recognise the Whajuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the area and acknowledge their continuing cultural connection,” she said

“The guides were developed in consultation with the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.”

Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Group chair Len Yarran said it was a great step towards reconciliation.

“I commend Subiaco council for taking this step and involving Aboriginal people in the community,” he said.

“By taking this step they are helping to build a better future for all Australians. It is a generational move, which in 10 years will positively change the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“I would encourage other councils to follow Subiaco’s lead, to encourage reconciliation and understanding and bringing the community together.”