Aboriginal Reference Group

About the Aboriginal Reference Group

The Aboriginal Reference Group (ARG) meets regularly to communicate with the City, strengthen understanding and celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

The ARG is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members who live, work or are actively involved in the Cockburn community.


  • Liaise between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the City of Cockburn
  • Encourage communication, participation and the sharing of information and knowledge
  • Provide leadership, advocacy and advice to Council
  • Strengthen understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements.

Meeting times

The ARG meet in the six seasons, times and locations are set closer to the time and members are notified.
  • Birak (December - January)
  • Bunrur (February - March)
  • Djeran (April - May)
  • Makuru (June - July)
  • Djilba (August - September)
  • Kambarang (October - November)

Membership nomination

Membership nominations are currently open for the Aboriginal Reference Group.

An Annual Gerneral Meeting (AGM) is held every year to consider those nominated and elect the next Aboriginal Reference Group.

The membership terms are for two years with 50% of the membership coming up for election one year and the other 50% in the next, in order to maintain continuity. If positions for membership become available during the year then new nominations can be considered.

Those interested in membership should contact the City to discuss and ensure they have read and agree with the Terms of Reference and Meeting Guidelines.

More information and contact

Contact the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for more information on 08 9411 3444 or at customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

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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.