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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities


Acknowledgement of Country

The City of Belmont acknowledges the Noongar Nation and specifically the Whadjuk people as the Traditional Custodians of this land and we pay our respects to Elders, past and present. 

We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living within the City of Belmont.



Noongar Seasons Community Barbecue


The City of Belmont will be hosting FREE Noongar Seasons Community Barbecues for all City residents.

The City will be having Community Barbecues in Djiiba, Kambarang, Bunnuru and Djeran.

The purpose of the barbecues is to engage and establish better relationships between Aboriginal and Non Aboriginal community members.  It also provides an opportunity for community members to have a yarn and reconnect with family and storytelling.

Kambarang will be included in Let’s Celebrate Belmont Month. It will be a combined barbecue to celebrate Noongar Kambarang Season and observe International Day of Tolerance.

A FREE sausage sizzle and refreshments for all those attending the event will be provided on the day.

Barbecue details:

Dates:

  •      Thursday, 22 September 2016 – Djiiba
  •     Tuesday, 22 November 2016 – Kambarang 
  •      Thursday, 23 February 2017 – Bunnuru
  •      Thursday, 27 April 2017 – Djeran

Venue: Grassed area between the Wright Street Dental Clinic and the Senior Citizens building, corner of Wright Street and Progress Way in Cloverdale.

Time: 10am – 12.30pm



Noongar Seasons 

Source courtesy of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council website (Kaartdijin Noongar - Noongar Knowledge)

Noongar people have traditionally hunted and gathered food according to the six seasons. In our Noongar language these are called Bunuru, Djeran, Makuru, Djiiba, Kambarang and Birak and are determined by the weather patterns. The seasons tell us which animal and plant resources are plentiful at those times. Noongar people know when it is the season for harvesting by signs in nature. A hazy summer sky foretells of the salmon running or the blossom on paperbarks brings the mullet fish. Noongar communities have always taken care to assure the survival of animal and plant species. We always leave some honey for the bees to build on. And when the fish travel upstream to lay their eggs, we catch them on their way back down.

For Noongar people, the bush is our gourmet delicatessen. We harvest many types of yurenburt (berries), karda (goanna), bardi (witchetty grubs), yongka (kangaroo), turtles, and birds’ eggs. Food from the sea and waterways are a major resource for Noongars: djildjit (fish), wardan noorn (eel), abalone, cobbler, marron and gilgies. Fishing was traditionally carried out by men, whilst women gathered yams, berries, and quandongs.

It is an important part of Noongar custom and lore to take only what you need from nature in order to maintain biodiversity. By eating foods when they are abundant and in season, natural resources are not depleted and will still be available for the next year. As guardians of our country, we achieved balance and adaptability through thousands of years of living in harmony with the bush. Our knowledge of the seasons and managing the land was given to us by the Waugal and passed down by our Elders.

 
To view Noongar Seasons, please see details provided by South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council here.



The City of Belmont is committed to working with and empowering local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Please see some of the initiatives below.

Aboriginal Reference Committee

The purpose of the Aboriginal Reference Committee (ARC) is to provide a forum and opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members and local stakeholders to be able to provide recommendations and feedback in regards to the implementation, ongoing monitoring and review of the City of Belmont’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017 (RAP). 

Broadly, the ARC will support the City of Belmont to meet the relevant Social Belmont actions in the Council’s Strategic Community Plan 2012 to 2032, in particular those parts of the Plan that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In addition, the ARC provides a vital link and facilitates an important consultative role amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, the City of Belmont Council and staff. 

 
 

City of Belmont Reconciliation Action Plan 2015-2017

City of Belmont’s inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-2017 was successfully launched on Wednesday, 3 June 2015. The RAP has created an opportunity for the City of Belmont to clearly articulate its commitment and response to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The City of Belmont is committed to and continues to work and support the local Aboriginal community by celebrating local Aboriginal art, cultures, histories and wellness.  Connecting the City of Belmont to the local Aboriginal community and organisations will enable Aboriginal people to have their voices heard, thereby creating a safe environment in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples can live and work together.

The City of Belmont seeks to work in partnership with Aboriginal communities to further create ownership for initiatives within this RAP. The City of Belmont is grateful for the contributions from the City’s Aboriginal Reference Committee (ARC), community members, stakeholders and Reconciliation Australia to develop a meaningful and achievable Plan.  The ARC consists of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members (throughout the Reconciliation Action Plan, the term ‘Aboriginal’ respectfully refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities of Australia), City of Belmont staff and Council including the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer.

The City recognises the importance of meaningful engagement, mutual respect, creating trust and utilising culturally appropriate practices and protocols to truly understand the needs of local communities; to continue to build trust and create opportunities to develop positive outcomes.

To view the RAP, please click here.

To view the RAP video, please click here.


Upcoming Events

National Close the Gap Day

More information to follow.

For the Close the Gap Website please click here.

National Reconciliation Action Week

More information to follow.

For the Reconciliation Australia Website please click here.

NAIDOC Week

More information to follow.

 
Belmont Art and Photographic Awards and Exhibition

Now Closed.

For more information please click here.


Health and Wellbeing
 
The City of Belmont provides many health, physical and leisure activities.
 
To view the current Active Nutritious and Creative Lifestyle term programs please click here.
 

 
For more information contact Linda Loo Aboriginal Engagement Officer, on 9477 7447 or Linda.loo@belmont.wa.gov.au

Contact Us

Please contact the City's Aboriginal Engagement Officer on 9477 7447 or the Coordinator Community Development on 9477 7442 if you have any further queries.