As part of their Freedom of Entry through the City of Perth, 110 crew members from HMAS Perth will march through the Perth CBD, for the first time in 13 years, beginning in Stirling Gardens and ending in Forrest Place.
The granting of Freedom of Entry is the highest accolade a town or city can give to a military unit.
Welcomed by City of Perth CEO Michelle Reynolds, officers and sailors from HMAS Perth will step off and march along Barrack Street en-route to Forrest Place via the Murray Street Mall.
As the parade progresses, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Allan Adams in his capacity as City Marshal will perform a challenge with HMAS Perth Commanding Officer Commander Tony Nagle.
Traditional Owner Trevor Walley will present a gift in the form of a spear and conduct a smoking ceremony before the parade marches into Forrest Place and comes to a halt.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas, as Reviewing Officer, will then conduct a parade inspection. HMAS Perth will present a General Salute to the People of Perth before marching out of Forrest Place back along the mall to Stirling Gardens.
“Freedom of Entry is an honour given by a local council, in recognition of exceptional service to the City and it allows the unit the freedom to parade through the city,” Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“The City of Perth is proud to honour HMAS Perth in exercising its Right and privilege of Freedom of Entry.
“We encourage everyone to come and check out the colourful sights and sounds of the parade as Freedom of Entry is granted – it will be a magnificent morning for all attendees.”
Freedom of Entry to a city and the colourful ceremony attached to it is has a deep historical significance.
During the 12th century, when sometimes undisciplined bands of armed men roamed the walled cities of Europe, Freedom of the City was rigorously controlled by city leaders as a measure of precaution.
In granting Freedom of Entry, a city was stating that the unit was trusted and that they had the right to enter with ‘swords drawn, drums beating and banners flying’.
In modern times, the granting of Freedom of Entry bestows no legal right or privilege but is the most honourable distinction received from a city.
The last Freedom of Entry in the City of Perth was in 2016 with the Number 7 Wing Australian Air Force Cadets.
The HMAS Perth Freedom of Entry will be live streamed on the City of Perth’s Facebook page and on screens around the city, including Forrest Place, Northbridge Piazza and Yagan Square.
View the HMAS Freedom of Entry video
featuring Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas and Commanding Officer HMAS Perth Tony Nagle.
View the interactive map here
for more information on the march route and points of interest.
Some road closures will be in place along the parade route on Saturday 28 August between 9.30am and 12pm. Please head to perth.wa.gov.au
for more information on the road closure times.
HMAS PERTH FREEDOM OF ENTRY
Saturday 28 August | 10.30am to 12pm | Stirling Gardens, Barrack Street and Forrest Place
Visitors are encouraged to witness HMAS Perth in full display with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying in Forrest Place on Saturday 28 August.
As part of their Freedom of Entry through the City of Perth, the crew from the HMAS Perth will be marching through the Perth CBD, beginning in Stirling Gardens and ending in Forrest Place.
Welcomed by City of Perth CEO Michelle Reynolds, officers and soldiers from HMAS Perth will then step off and march along Barrack Street en-route to Forrest Place via the Murray Street Mall.
- Host Officer, Commodore Ivan Ingham, AM RAN, Representing the Chief of Navy
- Reviewing Officer, The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas
- Commander Tony Nagle, CSC, RAN. Commanding Officer HMAS Perth
- Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Metropolitan Region Allan Adams, acting as City Marshal.
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The City of Perth acknowledges the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the Traditional Owners of the lands and waters where Perth city is situated today, and pay our respect to Elders past and present.