THE Child and Parent Centre Dudley Park hosted a celebration of the achievements of the Noongar Early Years Action Group (NEYAG) and launched its vision and planning for 2016.
NEYAG was convened alongside the Child and Parent Centre Dudley Park in 2013 in response to both community needs arising through socio-economic disadvantage and the population demographic, to help improve the development, early learning, health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children up to eight years old in the Binjareb (Peel) region.
The group is a collaborative initiative comprised of local Noongar elders, health and education professionals, including staff employed in specific Aboriginal positions, and local community members.
Its vision is for happy, healthy children connected to country, culture and community.
NEYAG chairman and local Aboriginal Islander education officer Paul Morrison hosted the event.
Mr Morrison said the day celebrated the achievements of the group that had worked together for the past few years and to let people know what the aims were for the future.
“We are excited about what we can do when we work together for our community,’’ he said.
Participants were treated to an Acknowledgement to Country in language from 10- year-old Josh Gaugg, and traditional dancing by Dudley Park Primary School students.
Everyone was invited to plant a seed in the native community garden to commemorate the event.
The Child and Parent Centre Dudley Park is inside the grounds of Dudley Park Primary School.
It is managed by Anglicare.