The City has embarking on a journey to reconciliation, collaborating with the Aboriginal community to identify a list of actions with the themes of Respect, Relationships and Opportunities.
Reconciliation Action Plan
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 Acknowledgement 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 twenty 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.
Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan
The 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. Find out about the goals and actions related to these key areas by viewing the summary Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 - 2021 or if you prefer the full Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan 2017 - 2021.
The key themes as set by Reconciliation Australia are:
Relationships - Create opportunities for staff and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members to develop relationships through shared activities and increased learning
Respect - Increased understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols, history and culture
Opportunities - 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
Review - 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
We are a local group that supports the Aboriginal Engagement Officers from the Cities of Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn, and that builds links between local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Our group believes the healing process requires four things;
- Awareness raising
- Acceptance of past injustices
- Making amends
Want to get involved? The Walyalup Reconciliation Group meets three or four times a year, at various venues in Melville, Fremantle and Cockburn. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check the date and place of our next meeting.
New members and visitors are 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 enhancement of the Bidi Kaditjiny Trail at Piney Lakes.
Want to get involved? Contact Chairperson, Gail Beck, on 0411 093 870 and Marissa Verma, on 0417 031 707 (guided tours and school enquiries).