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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, culture, nyoongar by freoview on March 4, 2017

The future of the DADAA building at Beach Street opposite the East Street Jetty will not be known for at least half a year if the FPOL Committee of the City of Fremantle decides this Wednesday to allow an ‘Eldership’ of Noongar people to explore options for an Aboriginal  cultural centre there that would replace the unsuccessful Walyalup centre at Arthur’s Head.

The agenda item seeks Council’s consideration to support a process by a local group of Noongar Elders to develop a proposal to enable them to be in a position to seek access via a lease to the 21 Beach Street, Fremantle site for their purposes.

It is proposed that the ‘Eldership’ be given adequate time by delaying an Expression of Interest process for the lease of the building for a period of up to six months and that the local group be empowered to undertake any necessary community engagement and work to develop a proposal for consideration.

City officers recommend that up to $20,000 be made available to the group to support that process, including for the use of consultants or resources that may be required.

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  1. Rob Fittock said, on March 4, 2017 at 7:24 am

    while this may be seen as a good outcome I was wondering if Council Officers had explored the funding that is available under the Federal Govt’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy 2014 to initiate an application proposing building a premises on Booyeembara Park to provide the facilities for a cultural centre

    Boo park was mentioned by the Elders a few years ago at meetings CoF Officers and Councillors had with them in the Moores building and what they requested then and still are today is a plot of land to build their own facility and invite all people to experience their culture and traditions

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