National Tree Day

The City of Perth organised a tree planting on National Tree Day on the 30 July at the Narrows Interchange area, planting nearly 3700 plants.  The Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Basil Zempilas, Councillor Clyde Bevan, CEO Michelle Reynolds, President of Buddhist Council of WA and Buddha’s Light International Association Elder Advisor, Natasha Tang, President of Buddha’s Light International Association, Kim Yen Chen were present for the event together with approximately 150 volunteers from the community. 

The event started with a traditional smoking ceremony by Noongar Elder Neville Collard. Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, Basil Zempilas thanked everyone for attending and recognised the significance of tree planting within the City of Perth and its global sustainability. 

Plant species have been selected from the Karrakatta and Vasse complexes. The Boorloo/Perth area is called the Karrakatta soil and the Vasse soil is found closer to the river. Species such as Marri, Jarrah and Tuart, Banksia, Wattles and Melaleuca are native to these soils and would have been found in abundance prior to settlement. The aim is to repopulate this area with endemic plants species.

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Vesak Day Celebration at WA Parliament

The Office of Multicultural Interests and the Buddhist Council of WA co-organised a special and historic Vesak Day celebration representing the Buddhist communities of Western Australia. 

The president of BCWA Ms Natasha Tang JP thanked the Acting Minister of Citizenship & Multicultural Interests Hon. Reece Whitby MLA, Hon Tjorn Sibma MLC, representing the Opposition Leader, venerable members of the Buddhist sangha and guests for their attendance.

Please click here to watch a short video of the event.


Vesak Message from Prime Minister of Australia

Constitutional Recognition of First Nations Peoples

The Federation of Australian Buddhist Buddhist Councils supports the recognition of First Nations peoples in the Constitution as requested in the Uluru Statement.

Reconciliation and redressing past wrongs require a comprehensive response: symbolic recognition in the Constitution, effective structures for consultation and decision making through the Voice, as well as practical moves towards addressing the problems outlined in the Closing the Gap and other reports.

There are uncertainties about the effect of constitutional change and how effective the Voice will be in addressing Indigenous disadvantage. However we are reassured about the approach being taken because: Read more »

The Passing of Marlene Robbins – March 2023

We are sad to announce the passing of our much loved and cherished long-term committee member Ms Marlene Robbins.
She will be remembered as the wonderful warm and kind human being she was. Everyone who knew her will remember her selfless nature and beaming smile.
Marlene has been a committee member and the immediate past president of the Buddhist Council of Western Australia representing the Hayagriva Buddhist Centre of WA. We were informed of her peaceful passing on Saturday 11 Mar which was a significant date on our calendar.
She has been very generous with her time and spirit and helped out as volunteer with many WA non-profit organisations. Even though Marlene was aware her days were numbered she still put her hand up to volunteer with us again on the present committee as Vice-President.
Thank-you for your exemplary leadership and friendship Marlene, and we know you are in a better realm, and that your journey through the ocean of samsara will be short, and that final liberation is close for you.

Home Affairs Deputy Secretary (DS) of Social Cohesion and Citizenship, Andrew Kefford PSM visited Perth

Last week, the Home Affairs Deputy Secretary (DS) of Social Cohesion and Citizenship, Andrew Kefford PSM visited Perth.

In this role, he is responsible for Australia’s Citizenship Program, and social cohesion and Australian values, and is concurrently appointed as the Commonwealth’s Counter-Terrorism Coordinator and Counter Foreign Interference Coordinator. Andrew Kefford PSM is also the Indigenous Champion for the department of Home Affairs.

While in Perth, he met with various faith leaders across WA (pictured below). Discussions centred on how to maximise social cohesion outcomes across community, and acknowledging the critical role that faith leaders play in leading and building resilience.

DS Andrew Kefford PSM also hosted an afternoon tea with various community representatives from across Western Australia. It was an opportunity to thank and acknowledge the important role community representatives undertake in advocating for positive social cohesion outcomes for their community and for their continued engagement with the Australian Government.

(The BCWA president is pictured second from the right)