Acknowledgement from the City ‘The City of Fremantle acknowledges the Whadjuk people as the traditional owners of the greater Walyalup area and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still important to the living Whadjuk people today. And respect the Whadjuk people's spiritual relationship with their country. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.’ Five Dimensions of Reconciliation
Equality and Equity Institutional Integrity Unity & Historical Acceptance
Reconciliation Australia website for more information. Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan
Our vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive, caring community where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience the same life outcomes as other Australians, and where their special place in our nation and our City is recognised.
Read the full
Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-22.
Aboriginal Engagement Plan
The purpose of the
Aboriginal Engagement Plan is to build stronger relationships with the Aboriginal community and provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to contribute to the City’s decision-making processes.
Specific objectives of the plan are to implement best practice community engagement to:
Inform decisions, by providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to contribute to the City’s decision-making process. Build the capacity of the City and Aboriginal community to engage effectively on issues of shared importance. Strengthen relationships, by building new relationships and improving existing relationships between the City and the Aboriginal community.
The key underlying principle of the plan (illustrated below) is to establish two separate dialogues, including one for land and heritage matters with the representative native title body (currently SWALSC) and another for community matters, with Nyoongar community elders and leaders.
How we've recognised Reconciliation Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre
The Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre (WACC) is a precinct which showcases local aboriginal art, culture and history through various exhibitions, workshops, film screenings music and tours throughout the year. The centre is located at 12 Captains Lane which sits within the Bathers Beach Art Precinct. This location is very important to the Whadjuk people as it is the site where settlers first settled in 1829. Since opening in 2014, the WACC has been offering art and culture programs operating around the six Nyoongar seasons – Birak, Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru Djiba and Kambarang. All programs are run by Aboriginal facilitators.
Check out the City’s
What’s On section to find out more about programs. NAIDOC
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held each year celebrating the history, culture and achievement of our local Aboriginal people with a big community event. The opening event is held on 7 July to commence NAIDOC Week, followed by a number of activities throughout the week.
Registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites
There is three sites of Aboriginal significance recorded on the Register of Aboriginal Sites within the Fremantle local government:
DAA3419 – Cantonment Hill DAA3536 – Swan River DAA3596 – Rocky Bay
For more information visit
Statement of significance for the Fremantle area and registered Aboriginal sites. Support Uluru Statement
In 2018, the City of Fremantle joined a number of organisations across Australia to voice their support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The statement calls for a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Nyoongar Acknowledgment Policy
A Nyoongar Acknowledgment Policy was adopted by Council on 10 June 2020. The policy was developed through consultation with Traditional Owners and the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan Reference Group addressing WRAP deliverable 9.2 Implement and communicate a cultural protocol document (tailored for all local communities we operate in) including protocols for Welcome to Country and Acknowledgement of Country.
For more information visit Nyoongar Acknowledgment Policy. Living Library
A Living Library held at the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre in March featured 10 Aboriginal "Living Books" who shared their experiences and individual perspectives in one-on-one conversations to educate, challenge stereotypes and inspire. Topics ranged from inequalities in justice, health, education, reviving the Nyoongar language, truth-telling, stolen generation, culture and opportunities for reconciliation.
One Day (2017 – Present)
One Day in Fremantle is an inclusive alternative to Australia Day. In previous years, the dates have fallen on the 27th or 28th of January, this year One Day will be held on the 25th of January 2020. We have a strong commitment to reconciliation and opting to celebrate on a day we can all share is a way to show this.
One Day awards and recognition
- Promoting Indigenous Reconciliation Award at the 2019 National Awards for Local Government
- State Finalist in the Australian Event Awards and Symposium (2019)