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Aboriginal engagement at a grass-roots level for Kambarang Festival

  • 27 October 2022

The METRONET team took part in the Kambarang Festival, hosted by the City of Armadale’s Champion Centre, sharing project information and employment opportunities with the community.

Kambarang is one of the six Noongar seasons, from October to November, which is marked by the return of hot weather and blooming of flowering plants such as acacias, banksias and kangaroo paw.

Held at Bob Blackburn Reserve, community members came together to enjoy live entertainment, traditional food, information stalls and kids' activities, following a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.

The team gave out free showbags and answered project questions, with a keen interest in the METRONET Byford Rail Extension Project which will see an elevated station in Armadale, and new ground-level station in Byford. Those living in the area will be able to enjoy a 42-minute train journey to the Perth CBD once the project is complete.

Sharing details on the Gnarla Biddi (Our Pathways) Strategy, the team had conversations around Aboriginal engagement opportunities available across the program of projects.

METRONET Aboriginal Engagement Lead Brenton Turner reflected on the day as a chance to network with Aboriginal businesses and share opportunities through the community.

“Engagement with community at a grass-roots level was extremely valuable for conversations with elders, as well as school groups and school leavers about training and employment opportunities across our projects.”

The Gnarla Biddi Strategy is our long-term commitment to embed genuine engagement with the Aboriginal community across our program of works.

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