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.

Successful Community Forum

Photos from the evening are available in the right hand column.

Project Update

The report to Council's August 2021 meeting (refer to Document Library) draws together the various aspects of Council’s work with Aboriginal people with a clear plan to confirm a Charter of Engagement and develop a Steering Group with representatives from Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC), as the peak agency representing Kaurna interests, representatives from Council, council staff and interested residents.

The recommendation of this report confirm Council’s use of the term Payinthi Kumangka that provides a ‘banner’ to describe the shared processes that we may embark upon together with Kaurna people.

Kaurna Cultural Consultant (Anthony Wanganeen) has been working on behalf of Council with the KYAC Board through Jeffrey Newchurch for Council to receive written confirmation of the Boards commitment to the Charter. At the time of writing this report we are yet to receive a response.

If the decision and support from KYAC for Payinthi Kumangka and the framework for the development of a Steering Group to guide the treaty and other initiatives differs from the recommendations of this report, a further report will be presented to Council with a view to align Council aspirations for this initiative with that of the KYAC Board.


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.