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Reconciliation Action Plan

WA Cricket has committed to creating a community that champions respect, belonging and equal opportunity for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Western Australia as a key part of its inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).


Developed by WA Cricket’s RAP Working Group and WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee which is co-chaired by Prof. Colleen Hayward AM and WA Cricket Chair Hon. Tuck Waldron, the RAP is the first step in WA Cricket’s commitment to implementing reconciliation initiatives and strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people.

WA Cricket’s Reconciliation Action Plan is known as a Reflect RAP because it focuses on developing solid foundational actions to ensure WA Cricket’s future RAPs are meaningful, mutually beneficial, and sustainable.

The 60-page document, which covers the period of May 2022 to May 2023, details more than 60 commitments and actions.

Message from WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews

“Sport, particularly cricket, has long been recognised as a powerful vehicle to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Western Australia. WA Cricket is committed to creating equal opportunities for all future cricketers across our great State and we see this RAP as the mandate for us to create real and lasting change.”



Indigenous Kit Designs

Western Australian Indigenous Playing Shirt

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About the Artist

Kevin Bynder was born in Perth in 1975 to a Whadjuk-Yuet Nyoongar Mother and a Widi-Badimia Yamatji Father. He started painting at the age of 23 in Fitzroy Crossing before moving to Broome where he had his first art studio. In February 2020, Kevin made the decision to become a full-time working artist and opened a studio/shop at Yagan Square in Perth. Over the last four years Kevin has worked at LaSalle Catholic College, helping teach Indigenous students from remote communities. Kevin likes to donate his artwork to foundations and fundraisers to support the community and promote aboriginal arts and culture. As well as selling hundreds of canvases and painting multiple murals across Perth, his designs have appeared on the sporting guernseys of Australia’s leading sporting codes.


Perth Scorchers Indigenous Playing Shirt

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About the Artist


Jade is a Whadjuk/Balladong Nyoongar (Mother's side), Eastern Arrernte (Father's side) woman from Perth. The name J.D. Penangke comes from Jade Dolman's initials and Penangke (pronounced pen-ung-gah) is her skin name which she inherited from her Father's line. She is a visual artist and remains connected to her culture through painting and family. Her purpose is to highlight that all land is traditional country which our ancestors have practiced culture on for thousands of years. Her murals and public art are a contemporary continuation of traditional culture. J.D. Penangke was officially started in 2014. In December 2017 she graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage and Fine Arts. Jade has mentored for Wirrpanda Foundation, Save the Children, Nyoongar Wellbeing & Sports Association and Department of Child Protection. She graduated from an Aboriginal women's leadership program, Yorga Djenna Bidi in 2016 which was erected by Leadership WA now run by Western Australian Aboriginal Leadership Institute. Through Jade's business she has been involved with over 80 schools in WA and she feels privileged to share her knowledge and to encourage conversations around current issues Aboriginal people face as well the next step forward.


WA Cricket's Cultural Narrative

 

 

WA Cricket is undertaking a WACA Ground Improvement Project (WGIP) with a vision to create a community and sporting hub, with cricket at its heart. WA Cricket is implementing a cultural narrative that infuses Aboriginal culture into the planning and design process in recognition of the traditional owners of the land on which the WACA Ground resides. 

Dr. Richard Walley OAM has written a detailed cultural narrative that will inform decisions on artistic and landscaping choices for the WGIP. The Ground will link Aboriginal cricket history, tell our cricket story through murals, local Aboriginal artwork as well as exhibitions in the new museum. Central to the WGIP’s new plaza will be a Mandala that depicts the stories of the surrounding area and WA Cricket’s place within that. The overall theme of the mandala artwork is one of past, present, and future; about the land, the people that have lived, played and used the land surrounding the WACA Ground. The mandala artwork will also feature on WA Cricket staff shirts.


Aboriginal Cricket Programs and Resources

Aboriginal Cricket

WA Cricket and the WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee (WAACAC) support many programs for Aboriginal communities that target all areas of the cricket pathway, from grassroots through to the high-performance level.

Many of these programs, supported by the WA Cricket Foundation, help engage young Aboriginal people in cricket and build their skills and love of the game.

Learn more


Inclusion and Diversity Club Resources

Click here for resources for clubs looking to be more active in this space.

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