The Anglican Diocese of Perth has been working with the Noongar People and the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) for the past 4 years in relation to the Midgegooroo Execution and Burial Site; this has included multiple consultations in regards to the building projects, and archaeological excavation with Aboriginal Monitors and also an interpretation plan to be included in the proposed development on the site. During the construction Aboriginal Monitors will continue to monitor new ground disturbance.
On Friday 12 December 2014 some skeletal remains were found on the site of the Deanery. Today the WA police have advised us that forensic evidence suggests that the remains are unlikely to be of Midgegooroo. However, further testing is to be conducted. The Diocese is liaising with the Noongar People through the DAA who have assured the Diocese that the significant concerns of the Noongar People are being taken into account.
The Diocese is aware that this matter is of great historical significance to the Noongar People and many others in WA and will continue to work with all parties involved to ensure a satisfactory outcome.
Executive Officer and Diocesan Secretary
Anglican Diocese of Perth