Wardandi Memorial Park
The Wardandi Memorial Park at Back Beach in Bunbury was officially opened on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. The Park is a traditional burial site and location for the reburial of 26 sets of ancestral remains. The Park will interpret and recognize Noongar culture.
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) has worked in partnership with the City of Bunbury, Goomburup Aboriginal Corporation, Bunbury Community Elders Group and the South West Development Commission, assembling a budget of $534,000.
DAA’s role in the project has been pivotal over several years:-
- $70,000 funding
- Extensive work in community engagement.
- Engagement of the Goomburrup Aboriginal Corporation as lead agency for community consultation.
- The development of the Royalties For Regions funding application ($300,000).
- Support the development of the City’s application for Lotterywest funding ($100,000).
- DAA also managed the Greater Bunbury Heritage Survey to develop community consensus around planning and design.
- Coordinated the reburials process with Troy Bennell from Goomburup and Dennis Jetta from the Elders Group.
- Provided detailed technical advice to the City of Bunbury in its preparation of a Regulation 10 submission to the approvals process.
The Department along with the City of Bunbury, Goomburup Aboriginal Corporation, Bunbury Community Elders Group and the South West Development Commission were a group finalist for the Department of Fisheries Award for Best Practive in Collaboration Between Government and Non Government Organisations in the recent Australian Institute of Public Administration WA Achievement Awards.
In recognition, Departmental staff, Jay Cook and Harley Coyne, attended the Awards, at the Hyatt Regency on Friday the 28th of June.