Aboriginal community

Rockingham Nyoongar trail

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

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 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.

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

  • building relationships
  • fostering respect
  • developing opportunities.

Our 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.

                    Yonga boys at the 2019 NAIDOC Week Celebration

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Reconciliation Action Plan, please contact us on 9528 0333 or email customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au.

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