Welcome to Country
Dr Noel Nannup
Dr Nannup is a well-respected Noongar Elder. He is a known story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. As Heritage Consultant with Indigenous Tours WA, Noel established the Swan River Tour in 2009, Rottnest Island Tour in 2008 and Kings Park Tour in 2004. All of which are still currently being offered.
Noel is a Nyungar/Injabarndi man who has worked to promote public awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. His career has been dedicated to educating young Western Australians about the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal people and their lands; and, throughout that process, Noel has played an active and leading role in reconciliation. His father Charles William Nannup lived and worked around Mundaring Weir and he belonged to the Bibbulman people. Noel Nannup’s mother was Alice Isobel Bassett and was from the Pilbara.
Noel is the Edith Cowan University’s CU’s Lead Elder-in-Residence and advises as ECU’s Cultural Ambassador. He received the in 2008 – Recognition of Contribution to Higher Education for Aboriginal People, Western Australia Winner and in 2005, Western Australia Citizen of the Year (Culture and Arts) Finalist. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Murdock University in 2003 for his leadership and services to his Noongar community.
When asked what makes a good Welcome to Country he said “It was my mother who introduced me to public speaking at quite a young age. She was a wonderful speaker, and she taught me that words are precious. We shouldn’t waste them. There’s a power in words. You can’t weigh words, or touch them, but you can feel them. It’s also important to give space and pauses to give people the chance to think about and reflect on what you have been saying.” We look forward to Dr Nannup welcoming us to the land on which we will meet.