Sporting new footy guernseys boasting an Aboriginal design, Dwellingup Razorbacks Football Club teams are bouncing down with renewed excitement and comradery.
Designed by Roderick Collard Snr a local in the Boddington to Pinjarra Hotham River Country area and father to the team’s assistant coach, the guernsey’s celebrate the Club’s Aboriginal players past and present and acknowledge Dwellingup’s Aboriginal history.
The design represents footy, marron, bushes and the river that runs through the region, the features that Roderick holds dear.
According to Dwellingup Razorbacks Secretary Joanne Moore, its Aboriginal players have been a significant part of the Club for many years and it was important for the Club that their contribution be acknowledged.
“Last year Nathan Morrison one of the Club’s Aboriginal players, celebrated his life membership with his 150th game and this year Sean McMeekin (pictured front, centre) celebrated his 150th game,” Ms. Moore said.
The production of the guernseys was made possible by Alcoa and the Shire of Murray through the Alcoa Dwellingup Community Assistance Scheme.
According to Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the Scheme is one of several funds available through the Shire that assist community groups to build community capacity and resilience and enhance residents’ quality of life and it is so rewarding witnessing the outcome of these opportunities.
“The Shire is a proud supporter of this project and I am sure the wider community agree, the team look sensational in their new shirts,” Cr. Bolt said.
Alcoa’s Reconciliation Action Plan and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Champion Adam Gilbert said, recognising and celebrating Indigenous culture was an important part of the reconciliation journey that the company was proud to support.
“This is a wonderful way to celebrate local Noongar culture as well as the groups that make our communities such a great place to live.
“Congratulations to the Dwellingup Razorbacks Football Club on the initiative and to Roderick Collard Snr on the great design,” Adam said.
The Alcoa Dwellingup Community Assistance Scheme is a joint initiative between Alcoa and the Shire of Murray.
The Scheme aims to assist community-based organisations to build a vibrant, inclusive and healthy community by supporting events and projects. Applications are open all year round.