Reconciliation

This page outlines our ongoing commitment to reconciliation within our organisation and community, and how you can get involved. Access our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), read about our key achievements under this plan, learn about local Aboriginal history and sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. 

Reconciliation Action Plan


Since 2013, we’ve embarked on a reconciliation journey with the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and a RAP Continuous Improvement Team (CIT).

Our current 2017 – 2021 Stretch RAP outlines our targets and benchmarking so we can effectively progress actions, such as training and employment of First Nations people.

Read our Stretch RAP summary or see the full Stretch RAP 2017 – 2021

We would like to thank the Elders, members of the community, and staff from across the organisation who provide valuable input to our Stretch Reconciliation  Action Plan (RAP) Continuous Improvement Team (CIT). 

We would also like to acknowledge the artwork by Jason Hirst that features on the print version of our current RAP as well as featured components of signage made for the Bidi Katitjiny Aboriginal Women’s Trail Six seasons trail launch.  

We appreciate the support of Reconciliation Australia in developing our first Stretch RAP, and for allowing us an extension to June 2022 to achieve the deliverables outlined in our Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, due to the impact of COVID-19. 
 

Key Achievements

We have been taking steps to engage more effectively with First Nations residents and community organisations, and to demonstrate respect for Bibbulmun/Whadjuk culture.

We have been able to achieve many exciting feats through our Stretch RAP, including hosting large events, commissioning First Nation artists, engaging with local First Nations working groups, dual naming significant sites, incorporating First Nation design elements into public open spaces, and more. Some recent examples are:

We review and update our key achievements annually. Check back at the start of December for our full list of our Stretch RAP key achievements for 2020-2021.

Sites of Aboriginal Cultural Significance

We are fortunate to have so many significant sites in our City which boast a rich history of the Whadjuk/Noongar culture. These sites continue to have significance today , and it is the role of our organisation and community to ensure that these sites are appropriately recognised for their historical, cultural and contemporary value.

Download our Sites of Aboriginal Cultural Significance in the City of Melville document. 

If you would like to know more about the process undertaken to identify these sites please contact us.

Walyalup Reconciliation Group

The Walyalup Reconciliation Group supports Aboriginal engagement officers from the Cities of Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn. We support this group to help build networks between local government staff as well as local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

The group focuses on:

  • Awareness raising
  • Acknowledgement
  • Acceptance of past injustices
  • Making amends

The group meets three or four times a year and encourages visitors and new members at these meetings. For more information and meeting dates, email walyalupreconciliationgroup@gmail.com

Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Women's Corporation

Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Womens Corporation is a local group made up of Aboriginal women living in and around the Melville, Cockburn, Kwinana and Fremantle areas. The corporation is currently assisting in the continued enhancement of the Bidi Kaditjiny Trail at Piney Lakes.

Check back soon for relevant contact details if you are interested to get involved.

Noongar Six Seasons calendar of activities and events

As part of our ongoing commitment to celebrating the history, culture and achievements of First Nations peoples, during NAIDOC Week 2021 we launched our Noongar Six Seasons calendar of activities and events.

View further details regarding the significance of each of the seasons provided by Edith Cowan University, and check out the events tab below for upcoming events and activities near you.

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