In a recent article, there are reports by the media that the City of Cockburn is the next local council to change the date of their Australia day celebrations.
However, Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett, denied that they are considering shifting their festivities.
Mr Howlett said their annual Australia day community beach party, citizenship ceremony and celebrations, including the “Welcome to Country’ event, are well regarded within the community and government departments.
Event funding of $2000 has been added to provide acknowledgement, recognition, and activities of the Noongar people, in consultation with Aboriginal elders who participate in their ceremonies.
“The City of Cockburn has made no decision to move away from Australia day on the 26th of January, and as I said earlier, we are moving forward with the planning of that event already and we’ve allocated additional funding,” Mr Howlett said.
The $10,000 community consultation process is working with aboriginal elders and the wider aboriginal community to look at all aspects of Australia day.
“The consultation report is all about how we can improve activities on Australia day on the 26th of January… NOT on any other day,” he said.
Mr Howlett said the changing of the date will be up to individual councils, and reiterated that the City of Cockburn won’t be changing their celebration date.