Steps Forward for Kulin

On Friday June 2 the Shire of Kulin conducted a Flag Pole Dedication with the first raising of the Australian, West Australian and Indigenous Flags at the Shire of Kulin Administration Building as part of National Reconciliation Week 2017.

Photo Caption Left to right: Grant Riley from Wuddi Cultural Tours, Kulin Shire President Cr. Barry West, Kulin Elder Neville Williams and Kulin CEO Noel Mason all shake hands after the ceremony.

Celebrant Sally Nevill facilitated the ceremony introducing the three flags by acknowledging the history and symbolism behind each.  

Shire staff and councillors were joined by over 50 members of the community including the year 5/6s from Kulin District High School and the School Principal Damian Lloyd and Student Councillors. Also in attendance were special guests Mr & Mrs Grant and Ann Riley from Wuddi Cultural Centre & Tours, Dumbleyung. 

The Kulin Visitor Centre has an aboriginal art exhibition display from Wuddi Cultural Centre for Reconciliation Week 2017 and guests for the ceremony mingled amongst the display learning about the different tribes, the culture and admiring the stunning artwork.

Mr Grant Riley, who is the direct descendant of the traditional owners of the Kulin area, provided the Welcome to Country at the ceremony. Grant told a brief story about how his people were connected to the area and commended the steps forward that the Shire of Kulin was taking.

Kulin Shire President Cr.Barry West along with Community Resource Centre trainee Ms.Gemma Boxall raised the Australian Flag. School student councillor Jack August read a poem as the flag was raised.

The oldest community member of Kulin, Harold Proud 97, raised the West Australian Flag with staff member Trish Jedder. Student Councillor Kurt Pittard read a poem as the flag was raised.

The first raising of the Indigenous flag honour was bestowed to the three matriarchal aunties who have direct connections to this area; Kathleen Jackson, Wilma Williams and Val Williams. Shire Staff member Trish Jedder read a poem and the flag was raised to the sounds of a digeridoo played by Mr Wayne Coles.

Feedback from children who attended the ceremony:

  • The display was really interesting and I like the rain making stick and spears.  I didn’t think the spear would be that big.
  • Was good to learn what the colours of the indigenous flag meant.
  • The pictures on the wall were really good and you must have to be clever to do dot painting.
  • Today was interesting because I never knew all three flags should be flying together to show unity in Australia.

This event was made possible by National Reconciliation Week 2017 grant funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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