Public invited to learn Aboriginal perspectives on environmental conservation in free event 'Bilya Waakiny Boodja'

Public invited to learn Aboriginal perspectives on environmental conservation in free event 'Bilya Waakiny Boodja'

Marissa Verma
Release Date: 
Monday, 19 August 2019

The City of Armadale Bushcare Environmental Working Group (BEWG) invites the public to the free event ’Bilya Waakiny Boodja - Aboriginal perspective of rivers and country’ September 12.

Presented by Western Australian local Noongar guide Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi Dreaming, ‘Bilya Waakiny Boodja’ offers a unique cultural perspective of the history and relationship of the local Aboriginal people with the land.

Members of the public will learn about the deep connection Aboriginal people have with lands and waters, and how this perception may help to preserve Boodja (country).

The event will offer the chance for attendees to sample bushfood inspired tucker and learn how native plants have been used as food and medicines.

City of Armadale’s Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the event is unique and will offer an invaluable perspective on conservation.

“It is very relevant for bush care volunteers and community to develop an understanding of how the land has been cared for traditionally.

“This event offers a rare and precious opportunity to learn more about the Noongar perspective, especially the relationship with land, to help preserve our beautiful natural surrounds for future generations,” said Mayor Zelones.

The event is the second of two ‘plenary sessions’ offered by the working group each year, that aims to involve and inform the community about the local environment and conservation.

The event and opportunities to ask questions will be held at the City of Armadale Function Room, Thursday 12 September from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes. Members of the public can RSVP by 6 September to info@armadale.wa.gov.au or call 9394 5000.

For more information on this topic contact:

Phone: (08) 9394 5000
Email: info@armadale.wa.gov.au

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