In this together: Mandurah celebrates National Reconciliation Week

The City is celebrating the rich cultural history of Mandurah's Aboriginal people and places during National Reconciliation Week.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said this year's theme, 'In this together' was now more important than ever.

"Mandurah has a proud history of creating an inclusive community through strong relationships, mutual respect and understanding. It is times like this where it becomes really clear that we're all in this together as we work to protect and strengthen our community," he said.

"We're really proud of the authentic relationships and mutual goals that we've formed over the years with our Aboriginal people, and the ways in which we work together and learn from each other.

"We recently endorsed the City's third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which outlines the steps we're taking as a local government and as a community on the road to reconciliation, and we know that our future is stronger if we work together.

"The RAP has three key areas of relationships, respect and opportunities, and outlines an important list of bold steps of how we will work together to achieve our reconciliation goals.

"This includes celebrating events, chances for dual naming, raising awareness, building respect and knowledge, and creating employment and support opportunities for Aboriginal people.

"We're all in this journey together and we all have a role to play in building relationships and communities that respect and value people, cultures and histories in our Mandjoogoordap. I encourage everyone to get involved where they can."

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During Covid-19, the City has worked closely with the Mandurah Aboriginal community, which has included assisting with access to emergency relief, improving access to technology through schools and by supporting improved localised health information.

Mandurah is celebrating National Reconciliation Week with several activities, which can be found on Facebook or at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au.

As part of the celebrations, the City has teamed up with Mandjoogoordap Dreaming to offer a great prize of a guided tour for four people of Mandjoogoordap (Mandurah) with Traditional owner George Walley.

The tour will include some sites along the Bilya Cultural Trial, which is made up of 13 important sites that commemorate cultural and historical interest to the Bindjareb community.

For a chance to win, post of a picture of yourself exploring one of the sites on the Bilya Cultural Trail by Tuesday, June 2.