• Recognise youth ambassador Pete Dawson holding the signed surf board
The Recognise Youth Program celebrated the completion of their 16 kilometre journey with a symbolic walk along the West Australian coastline of Cottesloe Beach on Sunday.
2 Dec 2013 - 4:57 PM  UPDATED 2 Dec 2013 - 6:33 PM

Community members and supporters marched together to garner support for the proposed referendum to amend the Australian Constitution.

The day was concluded with a speech and surf from Recognise youth ambassador Pete Dawson who spoke of the significance behind the board.

“It’s travelled with us from Darwin all the way to West Australia, collecting signatures and messages all about recognition from local community people as we go, so the board will come into Perth and send that message of recognition to the Perth community,” said Mr Dawson.

David Wirrpanda and Ernie Dingo were among community members and activists to show their support for the campaign.

Mr Wirrpanda avoided questions about his future political aspirations to concentrate on the current task of reconciliation.

“My mindset from a political point of view, I’ve always been passionate in that area and to be honest you don’t always get a second chance, which is a very rare thing, so it’s something I’ll have to consider in the New Year,” said Mr Wirrpanda.

Ernie Dingo was passionate in explaining the importance of the Recognise movement.

“We need to shape up and recognise the fact that what had happened in the beginning, in the past, is in the past. It’s a foundation,” said Mr Dingo.