City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444


The City of Cockburn acknowledges that we stand on the traditional lands of the Nyungar people. Nyungar is the generic name that describes people whose ancestors originally occupied and continue to occupy the whole South West.

Beeliar are one of the clans of the Whadjuk group of Nyungar, which is what we know today as the City of Cockburn is Beeliar Boodjar.

The City of Cockburn's vision for reconciliation is to create an inclusive community with strong relationships across cultures based on mutual respect and understanding.

Our actions will contribute to the goal of closing the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians so that all people can be valued and participate fully in the Cockburn community.

Nidja City Cockburn baal djinang dandjoo-koorl moort-al warn moorditj kenyak yambo boola-boola dudjarak koordoodjinyal wer kaadadjiny. Ngaalang warn boorder-be dandidin djit kardakor Nyungar wer Torres Strait Islander wer warma noonakutt wagbella ali bandang moort baalap booder-be yokiny wer banga Cockburn moort.

(Nyungar language translation by Sealin Garlett
& Charmaine Bennell)


aboriginal women dancing




Contact Us:

Aboriginal Community Development Officer
Samantha Mourish - READ MORE

Phone: 9411 3444 
Email: or


The Aboriginal Community Development Officer

Just a few of the things your ACDO can help you out with: 

  • Builds and strengthens relationships between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the City of Cockburn
  • Supports the development and implementation of culturally appropriate events, activities, and programs
  • Raises awareness of Aboriginal culture and history  

Contact Samantha Mourish on  9411 3444 or

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Reference Group

City of Cockburn's Aboriginal Reference Group



The Aboriginal Reference Group meets monthly to :

Provide a point of contact and liaison between the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the City of Cockburn.

Encourage communication, participation and sharing of information and knowledge.

Provide a leadership, advocacy and advisory role. 

Strengthen understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and achievements. 

Please check back for the latest Aboriginal Events being run by the City of Cockburn.


Please check back for updates

Reconciliation Week 2017

When: Monday 29 May 2017Reconciliation Week 2017

Times: 10 am - 11.30 am

Location: Outside courtyard, City of Cockburn, Administration building, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood.

Each year National Reconciliation Week (#NRW2017) from 27 May to 3 June, celebrates achievements in our journey towards reconciliation.

In 2017, two significant milestones are marked.  It is 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the Mabo decision.

This week reminds us that big changes take persistence and courage, so let's celebrate together and take the next steps.

  • Welcome to Country
  • Sea of Hands
  • Traditional dance performance
  • Morning tea

Methamphetamine & our Community (Free Workshop)

Come to our free information session to learn more about ice and its impact on users and their families.
Discover ways to deal with an ice addict and learn where to get help. Hear from ex-users, addiction counsellors and
recovery specialists.

Guest Speakers from:

  • St John of God - Drug & Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN)
  • Palmerston Association
  • Next Step
  • Cyrenian House

Cost: Free

Where: 90 Cordelia Avenue, Len Packham Hall, Coolbellup

Day: 22 February

Time: 10am 12.30pm

For more info call: 9411 3444
Refreshments provided

Kwobarup Social Club (HACC funded)

Kwobarup Social Club is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander seniors and people with disability.

The Club includes transport and meals and provides a chance for people to get out of the house, make and maintain friendships, pursue hobbies and interests, get some exercise and get out into their community.

Please contact us for more information:

Phone: 08 9314 6363
Email: Sam Mourish - or Paul Hogan -


A Cockburn Parenting Services & Cockburn Family support event

Aboriginal Parents & Grandparents Support Group

What will we be doing?

tears and tantrums

Sharing friendship, sharing time, sharing experiences - Listening, Craft, Food, Fun, Friendship, Stories, Learning Family Connection.

  • Cost: Free - (Free childcare)
  • Where: Coolbellup Community Hub, 90 Cordelia Avenue, Coolbellup
  • Day: Meets weekly on Wednesday (School term)
  • Time: 10.30 to 12.30pm

More Info: Phone Jayne or 9411 3855 or Linda on 9411 3851 or email

MY TIME is an Australian Government initiative coordinated by the Parenting Research Centre and locally coordinated and supported by Ngala Community Services

storylines - state library of western australia

STORYLINES - State Library of Western Australia

Storylines is a State Library of Western Australia initiative to explore with the community the last 125 years of Aboriginal history through  our heritage collections.
You can now use a guest login to view, print and engage with hundreds of photographs of Western Australian Aboriginal people and places online.

The project team is working with community members and individuals to identify many of the people and places in photographs held at the J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History.

For more information on the project visit the project page online: 

The project team looks forward to sharing more photographs and stories in the coming months, and can be contacted directly at

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Welcome to Country | Acknowledgement of Country


Action Plan
2013 - 2016

Beeliar Boodjar
History Booklet

Nyungar Wardan
Bidi Derbal Nara
(People's Ocean Knowledge Trail of
Cockburn Sound & Districts) 

Nyungar Tourist
Trail at Port Coogee

click to read the Reconcilliation Action Plan click to read more about Beeliar Boodjar click to read more about Derbal Nara
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