A total of $6000 has been awarded to local organisations for community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2016.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said NAIDOC Week honours and promotes the rich culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia, with the theme for 2016 being Songlines.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people used Songlines to navigate vast distances and map oceans, waterholes, rivers, birds, animals, plants and hunting grounds and are recognised today in crafts, dance, songs and stories.


“Our local community is home to a rich and vibrant Aboriginal culture, so I am delighted to announce that Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) and Amaroo Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) have secured $3,000 each for their events,” Mr Anderson said.


TRC and Amaroo LALC are two of 122 organisations across NSW to share in the $200,000 Grant fund.


The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Leslie Williams has congratulated the Aboriginal and community groups receiving grants.


“The NSW Government understands how important it is that local organisations lead NAIDOC Week celebrations, sharing their history and culture with the broader community,” she said.


“These grants support events in towns and suburbs right across NSW, which include family fun days, traditional arts and craft workshops, and Elders storytelling.


“Our Aboriginal communities have so much to be proud of and I look forward to joining in the celebrations,” Mrs Williams said.


For more information, please visit www.aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au.

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