NAIDOC WEEK GRANTS ANNOUNCED
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced funding for a number of organisations in the Tamworth electorate for their NAIDOC Week events.
Mr Anderson said NAIDOC Week, which will run from 5-12 July, is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture.
“A full week of activities are planned for Walcha with a grant of $700 going to the Amaroo Local Aboriginal Land Council.
“There will be a march down the main street and a small park will be turned into a bush tucker garden that will celebrate earth and water.
“Gunnedah’s Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centre have received $1250 for their NAIDOC celebrations which will be held this week. They will host the first major celebration of Aboriginal art and culture to be held in the New England North West.
“Tamworth Regional Council have received $2000 for their celebrations with a
'Learn Respect Celebrate' ceremony for the community including welcome to Country, guest speakers, flag raising, a smoking ceremony, cultural tours, a street march, children's activities, performances by Aboriginal artists and a community BBQ lunch in Viaduct Park.
“These grants will assist in building a better region by fostering the community’s involvement in NAIDOC by both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members of the Tamworth electorate.
“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,” Mr Anderson concluded.
The national NAIDOC theme for 2015 is – ‘We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate’. This year the theme highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. For more information, see www.naidoc.org.au