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New Boat carries Noongar name

The Swan River Trust has named its new boat Kwilana - the Noongar word for dolphin – in recognition of the central role the Swan and Canning rivers play in the lives of the Noongar people.

Whadjuk Noongar traditional owner Ingrid Cumming today blessed the boat with a traditional smoking ceremony to prepare it for its role in protecting and managing the river for the entire community.

The new Swan River Trust boat, Kwilana

It’s inclusion in the Trust’s fleet was made possible with State Government contribution of more than $200,000.

Trust chairman Professor Mick Poole said the Aboriginal name acknowledged the spiritual and cultural connection Noongar people had to the Swan Canning Riverpark.

“The Noongar people have been caring for and respecting the Swan and Canning rivers for more than 40,000 years,” Professor Poole said.

“It is only fitting that the Trust’s new boat, which is also charged with continuing that legacy, carries a Noongar name.”

Professor Poole said the Kwilana would replace the ageing patrol vessel Noel Robins which was bought by a private charter company after being a fixture in the Riverpark for a decade.

“The new eight metre boat has been purpose-built for river sampling, patrols and inspections,” Professor Poole said.

“It has several improvements on the Noel Robins, including a wider deck providing more work space for staff, improved dry storage area and improved electronic equipment and communications.

Professor Poole said the boat would serve the Trust and the community for a decade.


Note to editors
Media are invited to attend the Kwilana Smoking Ceremony
The event starts at 9am Thursday, March 6 and will be held at the heavy lift jetty in front of the Swan River Trust work centre at 7 Ellam St, East Victoria Park.

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