Busselton encouraged to recognise important history

A TRAVELLING people’s movement that has ventured around Australia to build community support for constitutional change came to Busselton on Sunday.

Recognise is the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.

Its Youth Campaign Coordinator Charlee-Sue Frail said its message was clear; it needs to fix the silence of Australia’s founding document about tens of thousands years of history in this land.

“We also still have parts of our highest legal document that give governments the power to discriminate against groups of Australians based on our race,” she said.

She said the discrimination needed to be removed which is why Recognise had visited more than 90 communities and involved more than 6000 people in the movement.

Ms Frail said the South West Aboriginal Medical Service and the South West Mental Health Service had been big supporters and partners of the journey so far.

South West’s Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland said the Wardandi Bibbulman people of the cape region and surrounding areas had walked this ancient land for over 50,000 years.

"Both locally and on a national scale, recognising Aboriginal culture, history and peoples past and present can go some of the way to help move towards reconciliation and bring both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together,” he said.

Mr Whiteland said he was pleased to see the Journey to Recognition come to Busselton and added he was proud to be part of the growing movement of Australians hoping to see this important moment in history.

The community had the chance to take a community walk with the group along the Busselton jetty in support of the movement as well as take part in the breakfast and discussion.

The event took place on Sunday from 9.30 to 11am at the Busselton foreshore near the playground and barbeque area.

For more information go to their website Recognise

Clinical Director at South West Aboriginal Medical Service Krystal Laurentsch, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, South West Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland and Recognise campaigner Peter Dawson.

Clinical Director at South West Aboriginal Medical Service Krystal Laurentsch, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert, South West Koomal Dreaming's Josh Whiteland and Recognise campaigner Peter Dawson.

Local Greens members and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert lead the Journey to Recognition

Local Greens members and Greens Senator Rachel Siewert lead the Journey to Recognition

The local community who joined the walk

The local community who joined the walk