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NAIDOC Week 2022 has begun, giving locals right across the region an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the continued history, culture, excellence, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

NAIDOC Week occurs annually from the first Sunday in July in a weeklong celebration of the world’s longest surviving culture. This year NAIDOC Week will be held from 3-10 July and the theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the return of NAIDOC Week in the region and encouraged people from all walks of life to come together and learn about the rich history and culture of the region’s first nations people.

“NAIDOC Week began in our region yesterday with a dawn opening ceremony at the Tamworth lookout and I know there are a number of great events this week for the community to get involved in like the art exhibition in Gunnedah or the NAIDOC Family Fun Day in Bicentennial Park.

“I would encourage our residents to jump online to find out what great events are happening this week.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said NAIDOC Week is a significant week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  

“NAIDOC Week this year will be back bigger and better than ever,” Mr Franklin said.

“Due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions over the past two years, many NAIDOC events were postponed or cancelled.

“Aboriginal communities are looking forward to the return of a full NAIDOC Week program and the opportunity to showcase their strong culture and remarkable achievements, while celebrating connection and historic rituals, dance and performance.”

For more information about National NAIDOC Week, visit

For more information on council run events, please visit the council websites: Tamworth, Liverpool Plains and Gunnedah

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