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Community asked to have their say on reconciliation

Posted on June 19, 2018

Bayswater residents are invited to contribute to the development of the City's inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan at a series of events held during and in the lead up to NAIDOC Week. The events aim to bring together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians to celebrate Aboriginal culture, build relationships, and start a conversation around reconciliation.

City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said he was glad to see the City work towards reconciliation.

"The 'Reflect' Reconciliation Plan will be the first stage of the City's reconciliation journey.

"In recent years the City has taken steps towards celebrating Aboriginal culture by participating in NAIDOC Week celebrations, proudly flying the Aboriginal Flag outside its Administration Centre, and including a welcome to country at events. Now we're making a bigger commitment by developing a formal Reconciliation Action Plan.

"The Reconciliation Action Plan will give us the chance to reflect on what we're already doing and provide the framework for a more coordinated effort moving forward."

The newly-formed Bayswater Aboriginal Advisory Committee met for the first time earlier this year to commence planning for the Reconciliation Action Plan. This group includes five Bayswater community members and three City of Bayswater Councillors; Cr Palmer, Cr Johnson and Cr Gray.

The City's major NAIDOC week event will be a free Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company performance, Kaarla Kaatijin, on Wednesday 11 July at the Rise in Maylands. Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means to 'understand fire') will use Noongar knowledge and storytelling to deliver traditional stories about fire in an exciting and engaging way. The performance will be followed by a light morning tea and an open conversation about the Reconciliation Action Plan.

City of Bayswater NAIDOC Events

Children's Storytime Session 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Wednesday 27 June Galleria Shopping Centre, Level 1 Food Court Come and join us for a Storytime session with Kerry– Ann Winmar, Noongar author of Moodjar Yok (The Christmas Tree Woman) & Djinda Midariny (Star Dancer). Suitable for children under five years.

Beatball with Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports
1pm to 4pm, Wednesday 4 July The Rise, 28 Eight Ave Maylands
A three on three basketball competition for ages 10 to 18 years with snacks and prizes on offer. Registrations will be taken on the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Kaarla Kaatijin by Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company
10am to 11am, Wednesday 11 July The Rise, 28 Eight Ave Maylands
Kaarla Kaatijin (which in Noongar means ‘to understand fire’) is the first story in a trilogy of productions centred around Noongar language and culture. The performance will be followed by a light morning tea and a yarn.

Bush Tucker Workshop
2pm to 3pm, Wednesday 11 July Morley Library
Celebrate NAIDOC Week with a community bush tucker workshop and tasting. All ages. Booking required, contact the Library on 9271 2340 or visit bayswater.evanced.info/signup

The City of Bayswater will also hold a stall at the Town of Bassendean NAIDOC Family Day on Thursday 12 July, 10:30am to 3pm at Ashfield Reserve.

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