Contract awarded for next phase of Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground project


The continuation of the Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground project marks the start of a big year for Aboriginal heritage on the Island.

Following a competitive tender process, the contract to commence Phase Two of the project has been awarded by the Rottnest Foundation to the Fremantle-based company UDLA Pty Ltd.

UDLA Pty Ltd and its partners have been responsible for a number of significant projects that have involved the recognition and interpretation of Aboriginal cultural heritage in widely dispersed regions of Western Australia. Previous works include the Jetty to Jetty Heritage Trial (Broome), the Halls Creek Community Town Walk, and the recently completed Murujuga Living Knowledge Centre Concept Plan and Feasibility Study (Burrup Peninsula).

The Wadjemup Aboriginal Burial Ground is extremely significant to Western Australian Aboriginal people due to Rottnest Island’s use as an Aboriginal prison from 1838–1904, and a subsequent labour camp for Aboriginal prisoners during the years that followed until 1931.

The Rottnest Island Authority will be working closely with the Rottnest Foundation and UDLA Pty Ltd to realise achievable and appropriate plans for this very significant site.

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