‘Ancient worldview’: Beeloo opens ancestral Nyoongar waterways knowledge to all bike riders!

Ride and learn about Nyoongar experience of Perth waterways.

The Beeloo Riding Series – a unique family event combining family bike riding and Nyoongar local
environment insights – begins Saturday, May 6 at 2pm on the South Perth
foreshore. Register free

The Beeloo Series is led by Biboolmun Nyoongar man Joe Collard and explores
Beeloo clan culture, language and history including places of significance
between Derbarl Yerrigan (Perth Waters), Dootanboro (Melville Waters) and
Dhagarro (Canning River) areas. All on bikes! 

Joe’s rides are slow-paced (about 10km/h) and include bike skills activities and games.

“Riders will gain an understanding and awareness of Aboriginal history of the local area,
and to experience the ancient worldview and understanding of the land and water,”
Joe says. “As the carers for country it is our responsibility to share the
dreaming; we do this by telling story, by teaching our language, and by
travelling the journey’s ancient paths.

He adds: “People will learn to understand and appreciate Aboriginal culture, people and history
while raising awareness of 
looking after
country and the environment to ensure future generations can enjoy the river

“It’s a unique opportunity for all to come along, participate and have fun!”

The Beeloo Series is for all riders 10 years or over with a roadworthy bike and helmet – under
16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The series will continue each Saturday in May, beginning from different City of South Perth
locations. More details

The Beeloo Series is a joint effort between Department of Transport, WestCycle, Djoona and the
City of South Perth.


For more information contact:

Shane Starling

Communications manager

Phone: 0492 897 199

Email: [email protected]


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Tim Roach

Elected Director – Off Road

Tim has been in senior leadership and strategic development roles for more than twenty years. He is currently Director of Executive Education in the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University and is a past Assistant Commissioner and General Manager in the public service. He is an Accountant (FCPA) and sits on the Divisional Council of CPA Australia.

Tim has been involved in racing mountain bikes, BMX and triathlon for many years, both as a father of two children who race and as a past and current bike racer. Tim is the current over-50 State Champion in downhill mountain biking. He is also a very regular and enthusiastic transport cyclist; frequently seen in a suit and tie riding to meetings in the city on a mountain bike.

Denise Sullivan

Chair - Governance and Risk Committee

Denise Sullivan has a career spanning over twenty years in senior management and executive roles in the state public and not-for-profit health sectors.

In her usual role of Director Chronic Disease Prevention with the Western Australian Department of Health, she leads the development of state chronic disease and injury prevention policy and planning frameworks and contributes to the shaping of the national preventive health policy agenda.

Her professional interests cover many aspects of chronic disease and injury prevention encompassing health communications, health promotion and research, public policy on health and workforce planning and development.

She has a particular interest in furthering collaborations with other sectors with a mutual interest in promoting a more active and healthier WA community, and creating and sustaining environments that support this. Denise is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Leadership WA Signature Program, and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Denise is a recreational cyclist and recent convert to mountain biking (although trainer wheels still on!).