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Herbert Bropho believes traditional Aboriginal dress allows people to appreciate his historical and cultural links.

Entry honours past

By Sally McGlew

THE entrance to Guildford will soon be marked as a dual entry signage location which recognises both Indigenous history and European settlement.

An officer recommendation to approve the project was put to Council on December 16, with the City of Swan receiving 172 submissions in response to community consultations on the plan.

There were 127 submissions in support of the recommendation, 41 objecting to it and four neutral comments.

The dual signage is an initiative of the Guildford Association, which received funding of $100,000 from the State Government to implement a variety of projects to boost tourism for Guildford.

The Guildford Association instigated an entry signage project for Guildford as part of the grant allocation.

The City of Swan has supported the Guildford Association in delivering the project.

Noongar elder Herbert Bropho viewed the proposed signage recently when it was on display at the Swan Valley Visitor’s Centre.

Mr Bropho said it was a great idea.

“It’s a good education regarding the colonisation of Guildford to recognise the history,” he said.

“That’s why I wear traditional clothing everywhere I go, so people can be educated a bit more.”

Mr Bropho said there would be a traditional smoking ceremony to mark the occasion when the signage was officially installed.

He has previously questioned the City of Swan’s alleged inability to consult with Indigenous elders.

In earlier council meetings he has asked questions in the council chamber regarding the City’s attempts or lack of them, to converse with Aboriginal elders regarding the Midland Oval site redevelopment and other sites of historic significance for the Indigenous community within the City of Swan.

In 2018 Swan CEO Mike Foley said the City of Swan acknowledged that Midland and the wider community had a particularly strong Aboriginal culture and population.

“As such, the City has consulted with Aboriginal elders, including those with strong connections to Midland,” Mr Foley said.

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