Kings Park and Botanic Garden (Kaarta Koomba) is a place of great significance to the Whadjuk Noongar people, with a rich cultural and spiritual heritage.
This National Reconciliation Week the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) is reaffirming its commitment to conserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of Kaarta Koomba as demonstrated through the recently released Kings Park and Botanic Garden Management Plan 2021-2026.
The plan was prepared with input from the community and stakeholders and outlines initiatives for the next five years.
These planned initiatives include formalising the relationship between BGPA and traditional custodians; enhancing recognition of Noongar and other Aboriginal culture, heritage and connection through increased engagement of Aboriginal people in the management and delivery of services; continuing Noongar naming of Kings Park features; and providing educational programs and outreach in Aboriginal culture for children, adults, community and corporate groups; among others.
These actions build on the achievements of the last Management Plan with many exciting initiatives held recently or currently underway to further the community’s connection to culture in the park.
Kings Park Education and Learning continues to offer a vibrant program of cultural education for all ages year-round.
The Noongar Boodja Six Seasons primary school program was held in the Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park this month.
Over two days, classes enjoyed hands-on learning in cultural activities traditionally associated with the Noongar season of Djeran, including storytelling, art, dance, and activities on the Noongar Boodja Trail.
The program is held with each Noongar season to encourage understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture in the next generation, as well as foster appreciation and responsibility towards the natural environment.
Kaarta Koomba also welcomes the upcoming Noongar naming of a new pavilion currently under construction on the Exhibition Lawn, to be announced at the opening of structure in September.
There are many ways to connect with culture in Kaarta Koomba, including through Kings Park Education and Learning primary and secondary school programs, Aboriginal Cultural tours and experiences, Boodja Gnarning Walk and interpretative signage throughout the park. Aspects of Kings Park Gallery Shop is also a must-visit destination with a stunning collection of Aboriginal artworks and products to browse and admire while enjoying the park.