Facebook image Facebook image2 Facebook image3

Elder welcomes too costly for council


Comments: 1 reader has left a comment

THE City of Kwinana believes a request by the National Trust to have an Aboriginal elder present to read the Welcome to Country at every council meeting would be too expensive, according to an officer’s report.

The City invites an elder to the Australia Day citizenship ceremony every year, at a cost of $500.

At a proposed negotiated fee of $250 per appearance, the City would need a budget of $6250 to have an elder at all 22 council meetings.

While this has been dubbed ‘prohibitively expensive’, City officers have recommended the council approve a motion to allocate $2500 to ensure an elder is present at all of the City’s 10 annual citizenship ceremonies.

Of 14 councils surveyed by officers, only the City of Vincent has an Aboriginal elder attend all of its citizenship ceremonies.

Officers have recommended that instead of hiring an elder to perform a Welcome to Country, an acknowledgement of country be read by a councillor at meetings, using the words: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all here and before commencing the proceedings, I would like to acknowledge that we come together tonight on the traditional land of the Nyoongah people”.

The City’s councillors have also been asked to approve a $2000 allocation to erect a flagpole bearing the Aboriginal flag, which will be permanently raised outside the City’s administration building.

Kwinana has a higher population of Aboriginal residents than many other local government areas.

In the 2011 Census, 1142 people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent lived in Kwinana – 3.8 per ent of the population.

Councillors were due to vote on the recommendations at Wednesday’s council meeting, after the Courier went to press.

Local elder Trevor Walley was contacted for comment.

Bookmark and Share "

What everyone else is thinking



Not everything's about the nyoongah people. This is OUR land as well.. Glad to see the council's not wasting my rates on this, the money can be better used for elsewhere.

Share your thoughts in 60 seconds!

Members : login to comment


Friday 27 Mar 2015

  • Min 17°C
  • Max 29°C


  • 16 - 29°C


  • 17 - 31°C

Latest Competitions

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win Tickets

Win family Passes

Win family Passes

Win Double Passes

Win Double Passes

Featured Videos

Cat Haven Update

Reporter Sophie Gabrielle with this week's Cat Haven update.
Dogs' Refuge Update
Reporter Sophie Gabrielle with this week's Dogs' Refuge update.
Lucky Kitten Fundraiser

Lucky Alty, a kitten thrown out of a moving vehicle in December, has been recovering but will probably need a prosthetic limb on her back leg because her front left is paralysed.

Community Advantage Club link
Subscribe Page
Supporting the local community
email subscribe link
  CommunityPix banner link