METRONET acknowledges the People of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which the METRONET Program of Projects is located.
We pay our respects to their Elders, both past, present and emerging, and thank them for their continuing connection to country, culture and community.
The Gnarla Biddi (Our Pathways) Strategy is our long term commitment to embed genuine engagement with the Aboriginal community across the METRONET program.
In December 2018, the strategy was accepted by the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Working Parties and renamed ‘Gnarla Biddi’ to reflect the pathways it is intended to help forge for Noongar and other Aboriginal people, as well as the connections the projects will create throughout Perth.
Guiding our journey
The Gnarla Biddi Strategy is supported by a framework of five engagement streams, which allow for cultural, business, job and land access outcomes for the Aboriginal community. The streams are:
- Noongar Cultural Recognition
- Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making
- Aboriginal Procurement
- Aboriginal Employment
- Land Access and Sites Management
Creating a conversation
The Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Working Parties have nominated representatives for the METRONET Noongar Reference Group, which will provide input into the Noongar Cultural Recognition and Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making engagement streams.
Over the course of METRONET, the Group will verify Noongar Cultural Context documents and guide programs related to Cultural Awareness Training and Cultural Recognition activities.
As each METRONET project is designed, the Group will provide feedback on cultural input in the design development, which can include but is not necessarily limited to landscaping, art and urban design.
More information on the Group and topics of discussion will be shared as they take place.
Taking the journey together
We're committed to working with Noongar and other Aboriginal people, groups and businesses toward the outcomes of Noongar cultural acknowledgement, Noongar input into the project processes, and workforce and industry participation.
A METRONET Noongar Reference Group will provide input into the Noongar Cultural Recognition and Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making engagement streams.
If you are a registered Aboriginal business, or more than 50 per cent Aboriginal-owned, we encourage you to complete our Construction Capability Register to have your business listed as interested in hearing about METRONET work opportunities.
For employment opportunities, keep an eye out on the JobsWA website for opportunities to work in various METRONET teams.
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