Aboriginal Services and Contacts

Our vision for Reconciliation

The City of Cockburn acknowledges that we meet on the traditional land of the Whadjuk Nyungar people who are the traditional custodians of this land, and we pay our respect to the people, country and continuing culture.

Nyungar is the name for people whose ancestors lived in the South West of Western Australia. Beeliar is one of the clans of the Whadjuk group of Nyungar. What we know today as the City of Cockburn is traditionally Beeliar Boodjar.

Cockburn vision for Reconciliation – English language

The City’s vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures. This vision is based on mutual respect and understanding. Our actions will contribute to the goal of closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

This is so that all people can be valued and participate fully in the Cockburn community.

Cockburn vision for Reconciliation – Nyungar language

Nidja City Cockburn baal djinang dandjoo-koorl moort-al warn moorditj kenyak yambo boola-boola dudjarak koordoodjinyal wer kaadadjiny. Ngaalang warn boorder-be dandidin djit kardakor Nyungar wer Torres Strait Islander wer warma noonakutt wagbella ali bandang moort baalap booder-be yokiny wer banga Cockburn moort.

(Nyungar language translation by the late Reverend Garlett OAM & Charmaine Bennell)

Useful links and resources

Aboriginal Community Development Officer

The City’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer assists with building and strengthening relationships between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the City of Cockburn by:

  • Promoting and encouraging community development programs and activities 
  • Raising awareness of Aboriginal culture and history 
  • ​Provision of information and support
  • Developing  a high level of cultural competency across the organisation and the Cockburn community via training, events, projects and services
  • Coordinating the City's Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) ensuring administrative support and a cooperative working relationship to assist with areas of interest
  • Playing a key role in the development and implementation of the City's Strategic Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and embedding the plan across the organisation and the broader community
  • Developing cultural competency and understanding of aboriginal culture and history through culturally appropriate training, services and practices
  • Strengthening and building the capacity of current and new local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, using a community development approach.
The City currently has 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees.

Connect with City Aboriginal Services

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can connect with the City’s Aboriginal Services through City run activities events and programs.

For a full list of events which may be of interest to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, please visit the Events and Workshops webpage.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also participate in the City’s Events, Social Clubs and Support Groups.

More information and contact

Please contact the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at [email protected].

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9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

Office opening hours:
8.30am to 4.30pm
Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Language Support

Cockburn Nyungar moort Beeliar boodja-k kaadadjiny. Koora, yeyi, benang baalap nidja boodja-k kaaradjiny.
Ngalak kaadatj dayin boodja, kep wer malayin. Ngalak kaadatj koora koora wer yeyi ngalang birdiya.

City of Cockburn acknowledges the Nyungar people of Beeliar boodja. Long ago, now and in the future they care for country.
We acknowledge a continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to the Elders, past, present and emerging.