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ECU lights up in the colours of the Nyoongar seasons

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

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ECU Campuses will light up throughout 2016 to celebrate the University’s 25th anniversary as well as indicating the six Nyoongar seasons.

The colours of red, orange, green, blue, pink and yellow symbolise a different Nyoongar season and by illuminating the Chancellery building at Joondalup, the Library at Mount Lawley and the entrance at Bunbury Campus, will provide a visual cue for the community.

The Nyoongar seasons represent and explain the environmental changes we see annually in the South West region of WA. They can be shorter or longer and are indicated by changes in the flora and fauna around us, rather than by dates on a calendar.

It will be the job of ECU Cultural Awareness Officer Jason Barrow to pay careful attention to the natural environment and decide when it’s time to change the colour of the lights.

“If you drive past our campuses and notice the buildings have changed colour you’ll know a new season has begun,” Mr Barrow said.

“I’ll tell you more about the Nyoongar traditions of each season, starting with Birak season, including which plants are blooming and what insects and animals are active, hatching or breeding.

“If you’re listening carefully and watching the environment, you may be able to spot them all,” he said.

The names and colours that represent each of the Nyoongar seasons are:

  • Birak - Red (mirda) symbolises heat, sun and fire. (December/January)
  • Bunuru – Orange (yoornt mirda) symbolises abundance of fishing and lack of rain. (February/March)
  • Djeran – Green (nodjam) symbolises cooler weather and eucalyptus trees. (April/May)
  • Makuru – Blue (wooyan) symbolises rain and cold weather. (June/July)
  • Djilba – Pink (mirda mokiny) Pink (or purple) symbolises growth of wildflowers and plants. (August/September)
  • Kambarang – Yellow (yoornt) symbolises return of hot weather. (October/November)

The lights will be activated on 1 January 2016. It marks the establishment of ECU on the same date 25 years ago. An exciting program of events is planned for 2016 to celebrate ECU’s 25th anniversary. Find out more at


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