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Nyoongar Culture celebrated at Mooriboordup Koober Birats

[supplied by City of Rockingham]

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The City of Rockingham proudly hosted the Mooriboordup Koober Birats (Rockingham Fun Day) at the Village Green recently as part of its Summer Series of free-entry, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events.  

Hosted as part of Harmony Week 2022, Mooriboordup Koober Birats gave community members a chance to celebrate Nyoongar culture; with opportunities to learn, experience, and engage with various activities.

Nyoongar Traditional Owner Rose Walley provided the Welcome to Country, before attendees relaxed with didgeridoo sound therapy by Nyoongar Elder George Walley from Mandjoogoordap Dreaming, and were entertained by a performance from Boorloo dance group Little Doorum. Storytelling from Cheryl Martin and art activities with Lea Taylor from Creative Culture also delighted visitors.

City of Rockingham Mayor Deb Hamblin said the event helped to grow and nurture community connectedness and wellbeing, which was a key aspiration for the City.

“Harmony Week celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity, with a strong focus on inclusiveness, respect and ensuring a sense of belonging for everyone. Mooriboordup Koober Birats strongly aligns with this and provided attendees with a chance to immerse themselves in Nyoongar culture,” Mayor Hamblin said.

“Aboriginal heritage and inclusion is a significant strategic objective for the City. By giving community members a chance to actively engage with Nyoongar culture, this event also supported the overarching aims of the City’s Reconciliation Action Plan 2021 – 2023.”

“While Mooriboordup Koober Birats was the last major event to be held as part of the City’s Summer Series for 2021/2022, we still have a number of smaller events scheduled before the end of March including tai chi, yoga and Zumba at the Rockingham Foreshore. We hope to see you there.”

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