'VERY SIGNIFICANT': Cherbourg mayor, Arnold Murray is optimistic about the appointment of new indigenous minister, Ken Wyatt.
'VERY SIGNIFICANT': Cherbourg mayor, Arnold Murray is optimistic about the appointment of new indigenous minister, Ken Wyatt. Matt Collins

'Very special': Cherbourg welcomes new indigenous minister

PRIME minister, Scott Morrison's choice for the new minister for Indigenous Australians has proven a popular one.

A proud Noongar man, Ken Wyatt is the first Indigenous Australian elected to the House of Representatives.

Cherbourg mayor, Arnold Murray said it was a very significant moment for the indigenous community.

"It is very special,” he said.

"Something like this, will maybe open the door for more indigenous people.”

Cr Murray believed the appointment of an indigenous man in the role would be of significant benefit to the first nation people.

"He will be able to see things that are not happening for indigenous people,” he said.

In a statement, Wyatt said he was "incredibly honoured to be the first Aboriginal minister for Indigenous Australians, committed to working and walking together with our elders, families and communities, to ensure the greatness of our many nations is reflected in the greatness of the Australian nation, now and forever”.

The Cherbourg mayor said the new indigenous appointment was a good opportunity to put forward some of their project applications which had been unsuccessful in the past.

"We want to get aboriginal police back in the community, we have tried in the past but that never happened,” he said.

Cr Murray planned on inviting Mr Wyatt to Cherbourg for a meeting and to explain some of the issues currently facing the community.