THE Wanjoo Festival, which celebrates Aboriginal culture, community and business, will be held in Yanchep for the first time next year.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the Wanjoo Festival would showcase Aboriginal musicians, artists, dancers, storytellers, businesses and bush tucker experts and provide an opportunity for the community to gain an understanding of the Aboriginal support services and cultural advisory businesses operating within Yanchep and the surrounding suburbs.
Mr Porter said having an annual festival such as the Wanjoo Festival would encourage more visitors to Yanchep and increase community engagement.
“This festival will provide an opportunity for all people to come together and celebrate our region’s rich Aboriginal culture and history,’’ he said.
City of Wanneroo acting director community and place Shane Spinks said the festival would be held for the first time in 2018 at Yanchep National Park.
Mr Spinks said the city would receive $19,500 from the federal government’s building better regions fund to run the festival.
Regional Development Minister Fiona Nash said the building better regions fund community investment stream was investing $6.9 million in community projects throughout regional Australia.
“I aim to help build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to,’’ she said.
“These projects help to do that.”
The building better regions fund is investing $500 million to foster economic growth in rural, regional, and remote communities.