Posts made in June, 2017

Unique Rottnest Island Fire Pit – Discount for Members

Posted on 21 Jun, 2017

Unique Rottnest Island Fire Pit – Discount for Members

Jenny Oldham from ‘Unique Feature Fire Pits’ will kindly donate part proceeds from sales of Rottnest Fire Pits to the Rottnest Foundation to support our Island projects. Jenny is also offering Rottnest Foundation members a 10% discount for the first 25 orders placed. Contact [email protected] to receive the Rottnest Foundation members checkout discount code. Fire pits come in 2 colours, Rust & High Temperature Black Paint. Dimensions are 60cmw, 60cmd and 75cmh. The fire pits are made from 6mm thick steel and come equipped with a poker and a drainage hole, so that is can be used as a planter in summer creating a lovely piece of garden art. Fire pits are fabricated to order, so please contact Jenny at ‘Unique Fire Pits’ to find out when your Rottnest Fire Pit is due to arrive. Visit https://uniquefeaturefirepits.com.au/  to purchase or find out...

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Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group – Second Meeting – 28 May 2017

Posted on 21 Jun, 2017

Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group – Second Meeting – 28 May 2017

The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has recently appointed a Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group (WARG) who will be actively engaged with Aboriginal Heritage projects on Rottnest Island and will play an important role in providing cultural advice and guidance for the appropriate conservation of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground. The WARG’s inaugural meeting was held on Thursday 10th March 2017. The WARG’s second meeting was held on Sunday 28 May  2017, to coincide with National Reconciliation Week. Rottnest Foundation Staff Member Rosalie Small attended this meeting, as the main focus of discussion was Phase 2 of the Aboriginal Burial Ground project and getting the WARG’s advice on the Rottnest Foundation tender document which is being written specifically to progress Phase 2. Rottnest Foundation has been successful in receiving a Lotterywest Community Spaces Grant of $500,440 which will contribute towards the conservation of the Aboriginal Burial Ground. More information can be found by clicking the link below>...

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Reconciliation Week Opening Ceremony – 27 May 2017

Posted on 21 Jun, 2017

Reconciliation Week Opening Ceremony – 27 May 2017

For the first time in the Island’s history, Rottnest Island Authority participated in National Reconciliation Week and an opening ceremony was held on Rottnest Island (Wadjemup) Saturday 27 May to commemorate the start of the week. More than 200 people gathered on Rottnest Island for the event. The day began with a smoking ceremony on the sand at North Thomson Bay and an official ‘Welcome to Country’ was conducted by Walter McGuire. Formalities were then held at Hotel Rottnest, including speeches from the Minister for Tourism and Multicultural Interests Hon. Paul Papalia, Rottnest Island Authority CEO Michelle Reynolds, RIA Wadjemup Aboriginal Reference Group Member Lindsay Dean and Reconciliation WA Co-Chair Carol Innes. National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to reflect on our shared histories and, in particular, on the contributions and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. year, National Reconciliation Week had particular resonance because it coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Australian Referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. Holding this event on Rottnest Island as part of National Reconciliation Week was a major step forward in acknowledging and recognising the role that the Island played in the history of WA when it was used as an Aboriginal Penal Settlement 1838-1904 and provided an opportunity to pay respect to the Aboriginal men and boys that remain interred on the Island at the site known as the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground. Rottnest Foundation Chairman Jeff King, Rottnest Foundation Board Member Monica Radomiljac and Rottnest Foundation Staff Member Rosalie Small, participated in this event, and it was great to see that all attendees were positive about moving forward together with reconciliation. Rottnest Island Authority offered guided Aboriginal Heritage Tours to guests and an Aboriginal Art Exhibition was held at the Salt Store to help commemorate the event. The Rottnest Foundation is working in partnership with Lotterywest, the Rottnest Island Authority and the Aboriginal Community to correctly acknowledge the Aboriginal Burial Ground through landscaping, conservation and appropriate interpretation. More information can be found here...

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WA Trails Industry Forum – 19 May 2017

Posted on 21 Jun, 2017

WA Trails Industry Forum – 19 May 2017

Rottnest Foundation staff member Rosalie Small attended the WA Trails Industry Forum held at Nedlands Yacht Club 19 May 2017. The forum was facilitated by Department of Sport and Recreation and there were various presentations relating to trails in WA, their management and engagement with the community. Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray launched the WA Strategic Trails Blueprint document 2017-2021 which highlights opportunities to create trail towns and trail networks, generating new tourism opportunities for regional economies and the metropolitan area. The blueprint provides a roadmap for the creation of cycling, mountain biking, horse riding, snorkelling and canoeing trails throughout the State – offering challenging and unique experiences for domestic and international tourists. To view the blueprint, visit...

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