This week the City of Mandurah celebrates NAIDOC Week. And action is the key word.
"We are committed to making a positive difference to our Aboriginal and Torres Straits Island," said Mandurah CEO, Mark Newman.
"One initiative under our Reconciliation Action Plan ( RAP) I am particularly proud of is our Aboriginal traineeships, which are offered as part of the City's Aboriginal Employment Strategy, " Mr Newman said.
Under this scheme trainees are employed for 12 month to two years and supported to complete a Certificate 4 training course relevant to their traineeship.
One local man who completed his traineeship and has gone on to full time work at the City of Mandurah is Jordan De Stefano.
An all-rounder – not only is Jordan into his books he also represents WA at soccer. He is the first Aboriginal Captain of the West Australian Pararoos.
Jordan is now in his fourth year at the City of Mandurah Library and is primarily responsible for running book clubs. One of the projects he is working on is reducing the red tape involved in book clubs so they can do their own bookings.
His Coordinator, Teena Millar said he was working fabulously well at the library.
"He has excellent customer service skills and he demonstrates real leadership potential," said Teena.
Jordan, who now lives in Port Bouvard, went to Falcon Primary School and then Halls Head Community College.
He said that the traineeship meant he learned all aspects of library services and now is happy to give back to the community.
" I love working at the library, the staff are so supportive, it’s like a family" Jordan said.
A Noongar man, Jordan understands the importance of NAIDOC Week.
"It’s all about recognising where we came from and accountability for the past, But also moving forward and coming together as one," he said.
Another important Mandurah RAP initiative is the Student Aspiration Incentive Program.
Under this program six awards are offered annually to Aboriginal students at Mandurah’s three public high schools.
"We work with the high schools to help students who have potential but need a little extra support to reach their aspirations," Mr Newman said.
This program has helped out with a range of support initiatives including extra tutoring, technology support, and even work-wear to help with pre-employment training opportunities," he said.
NAIDOC Week Runs from Sunday July 8 to Sunday July 15. For more information about NAIDOC Celebrations in Mandurah check out our website at www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whatson/calendar/community-event/bindjareb-naidoc-community-celebration
Something special to look out for will the Mandurah Bridge being lit up in NAIDOC colours.