Payinthi Kumangka

Project Overview

After adopting the Uluru Statement from the Heart and displaying it in our Kaurna-named Payinthi building, Council is now committed to investigate options and the process for progressing a treaty (makarrata, agreement, however described) with Kaurna people.

Initial discussions have been held with senior Kaurna Elders and representatives from Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC); during this meeting the KYAC chairperson, Jeffrey Newchurch, offered the use of the Kaurna language phrase Payinthi Kumangka to describe the shared process that we may embark upon together.

Community Forum

The essential first step of informing, engaging with and gaining the support of Kaurna people for Payinthi Kumangka was realised at a Community Forum held of the evening of Friday 1 October in Eliza Hall. The Forum was attended by 25 Senior Kaurna Elders together with Mayor O'Loughlin, Councillors Barnett and Harris, key members of ELT and staff, along with a number of non-Kaurna residents.

August 2021 Council Meeting

Council’s commitment to the Charter, the use of the term Payinthi Kumangka, membership of the Steering Group and the desired initial collective steps are shown in the below resolution from the 24 August 2021 Council Meeting.

  Idea Wall

What should Council include within a Treaty (makarrata or agreement, however described) with Kaurna people?

What should Council include within a Treaty (makarrata or agreement, however described) with Kaurna people?

What should Council include within a Treaty (makarrata or agreement, however described) with Kaurna people?


City of Prospect acknowledges that we are on the traditional country of the Kaurna people
of the Adelaide Plains region, and we pay our respect to Elders past and present.

We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land
and we acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.