Find out how the City is embarking on a journey to reconciliation; collaborating with the Aboriginal community, a list of actions with themes of Respect, Relationships and Opportunities have been identified


The City of Melville acknowledges the Bibbulmun people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the City stands today and pays its respects to the Whadjuk people, and Elders both past and present.

The City of Melville would like to thank the Elders, members of the community, and staff from across the organisation who have provided valuable input through participation in the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Continuous Improvement Team (CIT).

The City of Melville would like to acknowledge the artwork by Brenda Hill, Else Woods, Laurel Nannup, Tania Spencer, Jason Hirst, Kath Wheatley and Kaya Morrison.

The City of Melville appreciates the support of Reconciliation Australia in developing its second RAP.  The goal of Reconciliation Australia is building relationships, respect and trust between the wider Australian Community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Our Key Achievements

The City developed its first RAP in 2013.  Key Achievements of the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2013 – 2016 include:

  • Recorded oral histories of four local Aboriginal community members.
  • Welcome to Country and Acknowledgment of Country Policy – introduced to guide staff on protocols and embed respectful processes in City of Melville events and activities.  Acknowledgement signage installed at Civic Centre.
  • Filming of oral history of local Elder Laurel Nannup with support from the Film and Television Institute WA Inc. (FTI) – Indigenous Community Stories (ICS) grant.
  • Opportunities for staff and the community to participate in Aboriginal cultural activities, such as Noongar language workshops, cultural tours at Piney Lakes, Wireless Hill & Willagee and shared stories, to mark significant days in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander calendar such as National Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week events.
  • Incorporation of Noongar history and culture in the design of projects such as Carawatha Park, Wireless Hill interpretive signage and bus shelters.
  • Delivery of cross cultural awareness training to staff and elected members.
  • Developed a reconciliation banner for display at events and programs.
  • Increased participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in the City of Melville’s annual art award.
  • Continuous improvement team established and maintained to monitor progress of the 2013 – 2016 RAP.
  • Developed ‘Engaging with Traditional Owners’, a guide for staff working on land use projects.
  • Engaged with Elders and family members on the feasibility of installing a memorial for the Stolen Generations peoples within the City of Melville.
  • As an outcome of engaging more Aboriginal people in business, the City of Melville has contracted six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses during the reporting period.
  • Aboriginal Engagement Strategy: Directions from Aboriginal Communities 2015 – 2018 completed, guiding City staff on working with communities to identify and build on strengths and passions in our community.  Achievements under key themes are included – youth and children, community, sense of place and culture.
  • New signage at Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre entry recognising it as a significant Aboriginal women’s site.
  • Acknowledge of Aboriginal contribution to the defence of Australia in the City of Melville War Memorial.
  • The City’s commitment to developing our second Reconciliation Action Plan builds on and extends these earlier steps.

Our Stretch RAP

This Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed as a tool for the City of Melville to take the next step in its commitment to reconciliation.  This plan builds on our work on the Reconciliation Action Plan 2013 – 2016, adding targets and benchmarking so that we, as a City, can have tangible indicators of our progress on key actions such as employment and training.

The key themes as set by Reconciliation Australia are:


Create opportunities for staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to develop relationships through shared activities and increased learning.


Increased understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, history and culture.


Develop and deliver educational, employment and economic development initiatives and projects for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and businesses to enhance life opportunities within an inclusive community.

Find out more about the goals and actions related to these key areas by viewing the Summary Stretch RAP 2017 - 2021 or reading the Full Stretch RAP 2017 - 2021.


The Stretch RAP is a four year plan for the period of 2017 – 2021 and will be reviewed internally every 12 months and by Reconciliation Australia after two years.


Walyalup Reconciliation Group

A local group working with the City of Melville to build links between local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. The group believes the healing process requires four things;

  • Awareness raising;
  • Acknowledgement;
  • Acceptance of past injustices and
  • Making amends.

Want to get involved?

Walyalup Reconciliation Group meets monthly at Willagee Community Centre, normally on the fourth Monday of the month. Check with Willagee community Centre on 9364 0848 for the date of the next meeting. New members and visitors always welcome.

Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Womens Corporation

Made up of Aboriginal women living in and around the Melville, Cockburn, Kwinana and Fremantle areas. The Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Women's Corporation are currently assisting in the continued enahancement of the Bidi Kaditjiny Trail at Piney Lakes.

Want to get involved?

Contact Chairperson, Marissa Verma, on 0417 031 707.

Useful Links

View the full  Reconciliation Action Plan

Find out more about Native Title

Learn about Terminology and correct use of terms

Check out the Direction from Aboriginal Communities 2015 to 2018 Brochure