Reconciliation Action Plan

Aboriginal Visitors and Cultural Centre

The Aboriginal Visitors and Cultural Centre is proposed to be a place of recognition and learning about Nyungar culture, language, music, art and dance. It will be located near the corner of Gwilliam Drive and Progress Drive, Bibra Lake. Construction is anticipated to commence in September. 
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The City of Cockburn’s Reconciliation Action Plan provides the City with measurable actions that support the goal of closing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians.

Cockburn vision for Reconciliation – English language

The City of Cockburn’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 Sealin Garlett & Charmaine Bennell)

Why Reconciliation is important?

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experience vast differences in health, education, employment and standards of living compared to non-Aboriginal people.

Reconciliation is about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians working together to overcome these inequalities and make this community inclusive and equitable for everyone.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The purpose of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is to turn good intentions into measurable actions that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve equality in all aspects of life – a goal which benefits all Australians.

The City of Cockburn’s RAP has been developed in consultation with the RAP steering group made up of City staff, residents and representatives of the Aboriginal community. In addition, consultations were held with the public, and specific groups including: 

  • My Time, Our Time Aboriginal parenting group
  • Walyalup Reconciliation Group
  • City of Cockburn’s Aboriginal Reference Group

Reconciliation is an ongoing process. The City has a genuine intent to work together with residents of our diverse community and to make a difference where there is still inequity.

The City has recently launched its Third Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) spanning May 2018-2021 following on from plans in 2011-2013 and 2013-2016.

Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) steering group

The City has a Steering Group which meets quarterly to be informed of City issues and to discuss and contribute to the Reconciliation Action Plan and related activities and actions. The Steering Group welcomes the involvement of community members. Please contact the City for more information about this.

Reconciliation activities

The City celebrates Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3) each year with a Flag Raising ceremony followed by other activities. The City also hosts various Reconciliation activities, such as the Bush Babies art exhibition, throughout the year.

Please see the Events and Workshops page for more information or contact the City.  

More information and contact

Please contact the Aboriginal Community Development Officer for more information on the Reconciliation Action Plan or Reconciliation activities and events on 08 9411 3444 or email

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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.