Naidoc Week celebrations in Midland attract more than 2000 people

Jamie Ryder, Zane Dickie and Jaiden Taylor at the Naidoc celebrations at Midland Oval. Photo: Bruce Hunt
Jamie Ryder, Zane Dickie and Jaiden Taylor at the Naidoc celebrations at Midland Oval. Photo: Bruce Hunt

MORE than 2000 people attended Naidoc Week celebrations at Midland Oval, which included music, food and traditional entertainment.

The City of Swan hosted the July 10 event celebrating Aboriginal culture, which included a Welcome to Country, flag raising and awards ceremony.

There was a youth zone with life art, virtual reality experiences and a footy competition, as well as craft activities for elders.

Norman Curby leads the tug of war team at the Naidoc celebration. Photo: Bruce Hunt

Free food included kangaroo stew with damper, a sausage sizzle and healthy bites.

Sarah Pearse and children from Swan View Family Daycare. Photo: Bruce Hunt

This year’s theme, ‘Because of her, we can’, acknowledged the achievements of Aboriginal women within their community, including as carers, family nurturers and community members.

Jayme Uren with kids Christian Hayden, Gabriella Griffiths and Michelle Hill doing art at the Tree of Morditj Yorga tent. Photo: Bruce Hunt

“This year’s theme is particularly important in recognising the central role of Aboriginal women in their community,” Mayor David Lucas said.

Graham Cox was named elder of the year, with Dorothy Bagshaw the runner-up, while Daniella Borg and Rickesha Burdett won the ‘Because of her, we can’ award.

Avani Veitch with a fairy floss and flowers at the Naidoc celebrations at Midland Oval. Photo: Bruce Hunt

Other award recipients included community person of the year Melissa Bill, sports person of the year Paige Smith with Muriel Blurton the runner-up, and service provider of the year Koya Aboriginal Corporation.

Artwell Chen, Mika Bazeley & James Harris serving free hot dogs at the Naidoc celebrations at Midland Oval. Photo: Bruce Hunt

The young person of the year award for 10 to 14-year-olds went to Bertha Moore, with Cassius Turvey runner-up, while the youth award for 16 to 25-year-olds winner was Melissa McGuire with Tenae Rivers runner-up.