Wardan Aboriginal Centre Fire Security Project

Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2022 at 3:47:23 PM

Through the collaboration of Injidup Residents Association and funding from both Lotterywest and the City of Busselton, the Wardan Aboriginal Centre in Injidup has seen a comprehensive fire security program put in place. This includes a state of the art fire sprinkler system across all buildings.

Injidup is as a fire prone area which placed the Centre at extreme risk. The importance of protecting this significant cultural asset was recognised both locally and by the State. 

The completion of the automated bushfire sprinkler system was celebrated on 9 July, with Lotterywest Board Chairman, Professor Peter Klinken AM, the Hon. Barry House AM, Centre Custodians, members from the local volunteer bushfire brigades and local community witnessing the commissioning of the fire mitigation system. 

Protecting the Wardandi cultural heritage was the dream of Noongar Elders George and Vilma Webb, finding encouragement from the then WA Governor Michael Jeffery, who supported the creation of the Wardan Aboriginal Centre. Effecting this arrangement fell to the then President of Legislative Assembly of WA the Hon. Barry House AM, so it was fitting he should be in attendance. 

Under the project management of Bill Webb and the financial support of the Lotteries Commission of WA, the Wardan Aboriginal Centre opened in 1991 as a place to house Wardandi artefacts, resources and as a base for education, art and outreach programs. 

This amenity is a significant asset for the Wardandi community and honours Elders George and Vilma Webb for their contribution to preserving Aboriginal history in the South West.

People gathered in a room displaying Aboriginal Artifacts

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