The Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place Association Committee of Management was established on 19th August, 2002 following the disbandment of the Wurreka Parruk Kuli Association and was formally incorporated on 20th November, 2002. The Honourable Gavin Jennings, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, officially launched The Gathering Place on 22nd October, 2003.
With no existing services in the Western Region to cater for the *3,329 indigenous residents the aim of The Gathering Place is to provide services and programs to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community residing within the catchment areas of Maribyrnong, Hobson's Bay and the Shire of Melton, Brimbank, Wyndham and Moonee Valley.
The Western Suburbs Indigenous Gathering Place Association consists of six local Indigenous representatives on the Committee of Management.
There are no Indigenous organisations established in the western suburbs and The Gathering Place is a significant and positive step forward in enhancing the Indigenous needs in the western suburbs.
Gathering Place Logo and Meaning
This artwork was proudly completed by local Indigenous artists Annette Sax and Paola Morabito-Tang.
This is the artwork story, as told by Paola:
What do our flags represent?
"To bring together our people at a gathering place that celebrates our community's culture and identity, enhancing the self determination and well being of our people. It will provide a healthy and proud "Indigenous Australian" community through motivation, education and cultural acknowledgement, whilst giving the Western Suburbs Indigenous Australians a sense of belonging and ownership"