Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) is located at 12 Captains Lane, Bathers Beach Art Precinct, Fremantle. The centre is part of the City of Fremantle's Arthur Head activation project.

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Programs

Throughout the year, a community program of courses and workshops are held at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre coinciding with the Nyoongar seasons. NAIDOC Week also occurs at the centre in July each year.

2016

Nyoongar programs

February/March

Bunuru

April/May    

Djeran

June/July

Makuru

August/September

Djilba

October/November

Kambarang

December/January

Birak

TRAKKA app launch

We’d planned an official launch of our new TRAKAA mobile app this weekend (Saturday 28 May) at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Word has got out and Trakka has been heavily downloaded in the week before the launch. The larger volumes of users has resulted in some technical glitches that are affecting people’s experience in downloading and using the app.

We’re really happy people are loving it, but we’ve had to make the difficult decision to delay the launch until we release an updated version that works how it should for all users.

For those unaware, the app is a way for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to connect to Aboriginal culture, events, sites and services and is a world-first.

The developers of the app are working hard to ensure the launch happens ASAP.  If you’re keen for updates, please email activefreo@fremantle.wa.gov.au and we’ll put you on a database to keep you up-to-date on the launch. 

Meeting room (available for hire)

The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre offers a comfortable room for hire, ideal for community and local interest groups. The room is available for workshops, meetings, courses or seminars. You are welcome to visit the centre to view the room, however please make an appointment beforehand. For more information on room hire fees and availability, contact the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

The room available to hire includes:

  •     Theatre style seating for up to 25 people
  •     TV and DVD player
  •     Whiteboard

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Community consultation

Throughout 2012 and 2013, extensive community consultation between the City of Fremantle and the local Aboriginal community enabled the development of the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The Aboriginal community feedback supported a cultural centre that showcased Aboriginal art, culture and history. A consensus was expressed that a cultural centre should not just be a place of static displays, but provide visitors with interaction and experience with Aboriginal people and culture. Feedback suggested a space where Aboriginal people could provide dance, song, music, storytelling and tours.

The centre was opened on Monday 10 March 2014 and an estimated 300 people attended. Since opening, the centre has successfully run courses and workshops in language, art, mosaics, jewellery, cross cultural awareness.

Feedback 

In the first two seasons, the centre has successfully run courses and workshops in language, art, mosaics, jewellery, cross cultural awareness. During May 2014, local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people took part in a mosaic workshop. One participant commented: "It was really good sitting outside and yarning in the weather and working with the mosaics."

During June 2014, approximately 40 Aboriginal men met at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre. The centre was a comfortable venue for Aboriginal men to come together and openly speak about health issues.

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Opening hours

Monday to Saturday10.00 am–2.00 pm

Contact us

Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
12 Captains Lane
Fremantle  WA  6160
T 08 9430 7906
E activefreo@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Useful links

Aboriginal Engagement Plan

Fremantle story

Useful documents

WACC room hire booking form