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The Department of Aboriginal Affairs Perth Office has Moved.
The Department of Aboriginal Affairs has relocated its Perth office to 151 Royal Street in East Perth.
The new offices are co-located with the Department of Education and in close proximity to several Government agencies, non-Government organisations and Indigenous groups. The new premises are also well serviced with public transport enabling greater accessibility for our stakeholders. Every effort to minimise the impact on stakeholders will be made.
Kinjarling Cultural Pathways project
The DIA Southern office showcased the Kinjarling Cultural Pathways project, engaging Ms Chen with community members and agency personnel involved in the protection and interpretation of key Aboriginal sites and the development of the pathway. They also toured the planned early contact trail, including Lake Seppings, the Old Farm Strawberry Hill, the Old Cemetery and the Mokare and Bessie Flowers Stories.
The project is at an advanced stage of planning, and works on two sites are due to commence in the next few months.
Ms Chen oversees a range of relevant heritage programs including the Indigenous Heritage Program and the Your Community Heritage programs. Ms Chen wrote to the Department thanking them for this engagement.
"It was great to see the passion and commitment you all have for Indigenous Heritage", she said.
Kalgan Hall tour site
On 15 May, a Kalgan Hall site tour was run as part of National Archaeology Week. Organised in conjunction with the WA Museum Albany, it was jointly presented by Robert Reynolds (DAA), Lynette Knapp (Minang Elder) and Alan James (Kalgan Settlers Association), who are restoring the early C20 Hall.
The tour covered:
- Noongar values and associations;
- European settlement history and its impact on the landscape;
- information on the 1980 excavation and the 19,000 years of occupation;
- planned further excavation and research by UWA field School in September this year; and
- restoration of the Hall and Heritage Act processes
With 44 participants, the tour was very well received and only concluded when rain stopped the questions to presenters.