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The word Nyoongar means "a person of the south-west of Western Australia". Nyoongar is identified as a single language, but there are several ways of pronouncing it, which is reflected in the different ways to spell the word. Nyoongar are made up of 14 clan groups with seven dialectic groups.

The City of Rockingham is situated within a specific clan group, the Whadjuk people on Nyoongar Country. 

The City would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Rockingham stands, the Nyoongar people. We pay our respects to the local elders and leaders both past and present.

Reconciliation Action Plan

The City of Rockingham’s Reconciliation Action Plan is a formal document, which provides a way forward and acknowledges the gap in the health and wellbeing between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other Australians.

The City’s vision for reconciliation is to help build a community that welcomes diversity and celebrates difference. Our focus is on three aspects:

  1. Building relationships
  2. Fostering respect
  3. Developing opportunities.

The City’s RAP empowers the City of Rockingham to engage in building relationships in the community, fostering mutual respect and supporting and facilitating opportunities for Aboriginal people.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Reconciliation Action Plan, please contact the City of Rockingham's Community Capacity Building department on 9528 0399 or email

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Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Plan PDF 855 kb

Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Project

The Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Project seeks to connect the community with the stories and experiences of local Aboriginal community members.

An exhibition of audio material and photographic portraits developed through the project will be installed in the foyer gallery at Rockingham Central Library from Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June 2019.

The exhibition will feature an audio compilation of 10 Nyoongar people sharing stories about their lives and their connection to Rockingham.

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Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Project Flyer PDF 1.32 MB