Gnarla Biddi

Gnarla Biddi Aboriginal Engagement Strategy

The Gnarla Biddi (Our Pathways) Strategy is our long-term commitment to embed genuine engagement with the Aboriginal community across our program of works.

In December 2018, the strategy was endorsed by the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Working Parties and renamed ‘Gnarla Biddi’ to reflect the ongoing pathways and connections the projects are creating throughout Perth.

Read the Gnarla Biddi Strategy and the Gnarla Biddi Strategy Summary.

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; and
  • Land access and sites management.

If you are a registered Aboriginal business, or more than 50 per cent Aboriginal-owned, we encourage you to complete our Construction Business Register to have your business listed as interested in METRONET work opportunities.

Noongar Place Names

We have embarked on a Noongar Place Names Initiative to acknowledge the traditional and ongoing connection of Noongar people to Country, and celebrate and include Noongar language across our program of works.

Noongar place names educate the community about theological or spiritual significance, endemic plants and native animals to the local area.

The Noongar Place Names Initiative addresses the Gnarla Biddi Strategy engagement streams one and two – Noongar Cultural Recognition and Noongar Cultural Input into Place Making. The first stage of the Noongar Place Names has been released.

Noongar consultants were engaged to help identify appropriate place names and their meanings by reviewing existing information and consulting with the METRONET Noongar Reference Group. Where appropriate, these place names were then confirmed with local community groups.

As each place name is identified, it will be considered for inclusion in METRONET projects through:

  • public art
  • architecture
  • landscaping
  • structural design
  • materials and finishes
  • interpretative signage. 

Read more on the Noongar Place Names fact sheet.

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