The port city of Bunbury is the third largest city in Western Australia with a population of approximately 31,348. Situated 175 kilometres south of Perth Bunbury provides port services for the farming, mining and timber industries of the south west.
The Bunbury region is traditionally Noongar country. 3.1% of the total population in Bunbury are Aboriginal. The majority of families proudly retain their Noongar heritage although the impact of European encroachment and Aboriginal depopulation, through past government practices of "relocating" Indigenous families, has caused traditional Aboriginal culture and social organization in the south west to change considerably.
Traditionally Noongar people lived and traveled the South-West, finding seasonal foods such as fish, crabs, kangaroo, wallaby, ducks and a variety of wild vegetables. The land was allocated to each family group, which relied on its natural resources for survival. Traditional land system was based on rights of responsibility, access, use and rights of privilege. These travel routes are still widely used today as modern day roads trace similar routes to the original tracks.
Bunbury was a major gathering place for Noongar people. The water around Bunbury, particular the rivers flowing into the Leschenault Estuary, brought families from the hills and surrounds together.
An Aboriginal school in Bunbury began as a dream in the early 1970’s, where Koala Kindy was first established to provide a safe place for young Aboriginal mothers to bring their pre-school aged children. Twenty two years later the dream became reality where Koala Kindy evolved into the Aboriginal School we know today as Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School. The name Djidi Djidi is Noongar for a Willy Wag Tail Bird that is common in the Bunbury area. All primary aged children within the Bunbury area can enrol at Djidi Djidi.