Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Trails Project to Map Riverpark Heritage
Victor P Taffa
Noongar culture and its links to the Swan Canning Riverpark have been acknowledged with the installation of the first in a series of new signs.
Environment Minister Donna Faragher said the new signs welcomed visitors to the Riverpark and include a welcome in the Noongar language.
“These signs recognise Noongar connection to the rivers and will help raise awareness of the Swan Canning Riverpark.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) and Dyarlgarro (Canning River) have important cultural significance to the Noongar people and many stories and meanings which the indigenous community wish to have interpreted as part of ongoing reconciliation.”
“This project will acknowledge Noongar places and people, as well as enhance public respect for Noongar values and increase community knowledge and understanding of the Noongar culture.” Mrs. Faragher said.
The Minister launched the first sign at Sandy Beach Jetty in Bayswater to coincide with NAIDOC Week celebrations.
“Similar signs would be installed on other jetties around the riverpark, in conjunction with land managers.”
“These signs will form an important part of our river trail project, which aims to create a continuous walk trail around the Swan and Canning river foreshores, linking existing trails and highlighting the river’s rich indigenous, European and natural heritage.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“This project is being co-ordinated by the Swan River Trust and will be managed by a steering group with representatives from some of the 40 organisations with management responsibility for shorelines, parks and reserves in the riverpark.”
“Over the next year, the project team will map existing trails, identify gaps where new trails could be created and develop web-based materials, brochures and booklets for the trail system.” Mrs. Faragher said.