First Welcome to Country at City Council meeting

News Update 27 February 2018

The City has invited Matthew McGuire to perform a Welcome to Country at the first Council meeting of 2018 to recognise and acknowledge the Noongar/Bibbulmun people and their significant contribution to the land, history and future of the City of South Perth.

"Matthew is a highly respected member of the Perth community and it will be an honour to have him attend our Council meeting. This will be the first time a Welcome to Country has been performed at a City of South Perth Council meeting," Mayor Sue Doherty said.

"As a City we aim to work towards building and developing long lasting relationships with the Aboriginal community and all community members as we strive to create a City where everyone is connected, included and respected."

Developed in 2013, the City’s Aboriginal Engagement Strategy outlines the objectives of the City of South Perth Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Working Group categorised into four guiding principles; connection and inclusiveness, advancement, relationships and visibility.

The City’s Aboriginal Reference Group vision is to facilitate networks and communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the City of South Perth, foster respect and understanding for the Noongar nation and provide support to one another. The Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group is working towards developing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the City.

All community members are invited to attend the Ordinary Council meeting at 7pm, Tuesday 27 February in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, cnr Sandgate St and South Tce, South Perth.

Welcome to Country
Mathew McGuire will hold an official Welcome to Country at City of South Perth’s first council meeting for 2018 (image source Southern Gazette newspaper)

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