Hon John Castrilli MLA

Hon John Castrilli MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    Foundation Day - a meeting of cultures

    6/06/2011 12:00 AM

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli has encouraged West Australians to reflect on the significance of Foundation Day in the history of Western Australia


    Mr Castrilli said, aboard the Parmelia, and under the command of Captain James Stirling, men, women and children had their first view of mainland Western Australia in 1829.


    “The settlers seeking a new homeland were introduced to ancient Aboriginal culture that had evolved here over tens of thousands of years,” he said.


    “Over time, people from all over the world have joined our traditional custodians and have contributed and enriched our identity and multicultural community.”


    The Minister said from the traditional custodians of the land, to the British colonists, and the waves of migrants that have since followed, we now shared and enjoyed a unique, free, prosperous and democratic State.


    “It is important for us to pay tribute to those who came before us and to the citizens of today who are building our future,” Mr Castrilli said.


    “People of all ages and backgrounds can today recognise, celebrate and respect what Foundation Day represents and continue to promote and foster a spirit of citizenship in Western Australia.”


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