NAIDOC Week celebrations for Wingecarribee Shire

30 June, 2011Posted in: Community, Events
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Wingecarribee Shire Council will celebrate NAIDOC Week with a week-long program of events kicking off with the inaugural Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards Dinner at Shellharbour Workers Club on Saturday 2 July.

The award ceremony – held in conjunction with our neighbouring councils – recognise the efforts of our Indigenous residents in the fields of arts, music, culture, education, sport, employment and politics.

A flag raising ceremony will follow on Monday 4 July at 10am outside of Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Civic Centre located on Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale.

This ceremony will coincide with the launch of a traditional art display in Council’s public foyer showcasing the works of local Indigenous artists and an information session from Link-Up NSW in Council’s Theaterette.

Link-Up NSW specialises in Aboriginal services including Aboriginal genealogy.

Celebrations will culminate with a Council sponsored Family Fun Day on the grounds of Chevalier College from 10am on Sunday 10 July. In the event of wet weather the festivities will be moved inside the McGrath Hall at the college.

Activities on the day will include a National Parks and Wildlife Discovery Rangers Cultural workshop, a Taronga Zoo Dream Time Culture tour, a display by the Yarramundi Puppet Black and Deadly Show and performances by Uncle Col Hardy and traditional Aboriginal dancers.

“NAIDOC Week is one of this Shire’s most important annual events and one which this Council looks forward to each year.

“It provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate our Indigenous culture while continuing to promote the important messages of reconciliation,” said Wingecarribee Shire Mayor, Councillor Ken Halstead.

For more information contact Wingecarribee Shire Council on phone 4868 0856.