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Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized, western australia by freoview on July 26, 2017


When it comes to Aboriginal issues tokenism is always high, and walking the talk less of a reality.

Yesterday WA Minister for Tourism Paul Papalia stated that Aboriginal culture is WA’s secret weapon, but it appears the minister was only talking about giving tourists an outback experience, with no plans to offer an Aboriginal experience in Perth, Fremantle and other major cities around the state.

It is quite disturbing that neither of the two major cities has a serious Aboriginal cultural centre where overseas visitors can find out about Aboriginal history, culture, art, music, story telling, and food.

The City of Fremantle made a half-hearted attempt by running a small historic cottage at Arthur Head as the Walyalup Aboriginal Cultural Centre, but it was doomed to failure from the start, because of the inappropriate small building and location.

When one goes up to Derby the Mowanjum Aboriginal Centre is a great place to visit, as is the Aboriginal art centre at Warmun (Turkey Creek) and Mangkaja in Fitzroy Crossing, but there is nothing like that in the Perth metro area, but for commercial art galleries run by white fellas.

It is time the State Government started walking the talk and helped funding some serious Aboriginal cultural centres in our cities!


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  1. freoview said, on July 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    We often hear overseas tourists lament that there is no Aboriginal experience for them in Perth and Fremantle.


  2. Lionel said, on July 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    This is a good idea. Not only are tourists REALLY interested in this, but it provides jobs, a sense of purpose, a financial incentive to preserve culture and it is educational for everyone. We should look at how well New Zealand utilises indigineous culture as an attraction.

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