Our Vision for Reconciliation

The City of Mandurah’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures based on mutual respect and understanding. Reconciliation involves justice, recognition and healing. It is about helping all Australians move forward with a better understanding of the past and how this affects us all today. Reconciliation is about finding new, meaningful ways to tackles issues and connect with each other.

Our STRETCH Reconciliation Action Plan (2019 – 2022)

We are proud to be a partner in the National Reconciliation movement and have recently endorsed our third RAP. This RAP builds on the great outcomes that were achieved in our previous RAP’s and ensures that we continue to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on our Reconciliation journey. View our Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022.

Ni, ngalak ni-kaadadjan noonook waangkaniny.

We want to hear your voice.

The City of Mandurah is calling for expressions of interest to join our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Steering Group. Our RAP builds on the great outcomes that were achieved in our previous plans and ensures that we continue to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on our Reconciliation journey, building relationships, respect for Aboriginal peoples and culture and creating opportunities in our community.

Contact Tara Hohaia, Community Development Officer (Reconciliation) for any queries or expressions of interest on 9550 3845. Further information is available in the RAP 2019-2022.

Our Knowledge Our Land

This website has been developed to share local Aboriginal stories, projects and history. Walk the local Bilya Country Story Trail Map and listen to local stories. Download school resources and activities. Share your own stories. 
Visit Our Knowledge Our Land.

National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2021)

‘More than just a word, reconciliation takes action.’

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians - as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.

As part of Reconciliation Week 2021, Reconciliation Australia's theme for 2021, ‘More than a Word. Reconciliation Takes Action,’ the City of Mandurah is reflecting on a number of positive steps towards reconciliation that have been achieved hand in hand with the local Aboriginal community.

During the week, activities will be held at a number of our facilities including cultural activities at Billy Dower Youth Centre on May 27; Storytime with local Aboriginal community leader George Walley, book displays and Six Seasons art activity packs at all Mandurah libraries; and an Aboriginal artwork display at City of Mandurah MARC.

We all play a part in reconciliation… it's more than a word, reconciliation takes action.

Together, we’re making Mandurah a more inclusive, connected community for everyone. #NRW2021 #MoreThanAWord #ReconciliationTakesAction

Visit the National Reconciliation Week webpage for more information on how you can get involved.

Aboriginal groups and activities

Koolbardi Bidi is an inclusive and accessible interactive space for the broader community to enjoy.

The garden celebrates the diversity of local flora and the traditional knowledge of the Noongar people.

Learn more about the Koolbardi Bidi

This 8-week program is offered every school term for young women aged between 11-17 who are attending High School.  It’s a place for young indigenous women to develop confidence and cultural knowledge and make new friends in a safe environment.

Times: Mondays from 3.30pm - 6.00pm

Cost: Free

Where: WINJAN Aboriginal Corporation, 19 Alderly Place Coodanup
Transport available from Billy Dower Youth Centre, departing at 3.15pm each session

Register online for the program

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Helpful resources

Reconciliation Action Plan 2019 - 2022 (PDF - 13.8MB)
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