Host of Naidoc events

Host of Naidoc events

Naidoc Week events were held across Australia last week, celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and acknowledging the important steps that have been taken towards reconciliation.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the plan included the themes of relationships, respect and opportunities.

‘It is our hope the actions of the Reconciliation plan will lead to more acknowledgement and respect for our rich Whadjuk culture and heritage, will increase business and employment opportunities for Aboriginal organisations and individuals and will lead to a better appreciation of significant local sites such as Jenalup (Blackwall Reach) and Goolugatup (Point Heathcote),’ he said.

Mr Aubrey also acknowledged Piney Lakes Reserve as a significant site, where the Bidi Katitjiny Women’s Trail was developed to raise awareness and understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

‘The Bidi Katitjiny Women’s Trail was the result of a close collaboration between the City of Melville and the Djidi Djidi Aboriginal Women’s Corporation and is a wonderful demonstration of the spirit of reconciliation,’ he said.

The special event also celebrated a commendation of the Bidi Katitjiny Women’s Trail in the National Local Government Awards 2013 in the promoting reconciliation category.

A Naidoc community event will be held at the Willagee Community Centre on Saturday, July 20, from 6.30pm.

There will be karaoke, the sounds of Motown performed live by The Merindas, a disco for kids under 12 years of age and food and refreshments.

Admission is $5 for a family.

For more information, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/naidoc-week or contact 1300 635 845.

For information about the City of Melville’s Reconciliation Action Plan, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/rap or email ReconciliationActionPlan@melville.wa.gov.au.