Midland Naidoc Week kicks off with showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, achievements and history

Baldja Moort.
Gina Williams.
Flag raising ceremony.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright with Baldja Moort.
Baldja Moort. Gina Williams. Flag raising ceremony. City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright with Baldja Moort.

NAIDOC Week was officially kicked off in Midland this week, with a special showcase of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, achievements and history on Tuesday.

The event, which was held at the Cale Street space, highlighted the contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made to the community in the City of Swan.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said Naidoc week was a very important part of the city’s calendar.

“It is our pleasure to celebrate the achievements of such a significant group of people,” he said.

“The Naidoc Aboriginal Business of the Year, sponsored by the city, was awarded to Baldja Moort, a local traditional dance company who have performed at hundreds of community events.

“The group were nominated for making a positive impact in their local community, and for being passionate about preserving Noongar culture through performance.”

The event was presented by local elder Di Ryder, who was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award for her contribution to family, community and country.

Ms Ryder said it was amazing to see people out enjoying the event.

“We are so proud to see the event get bigger and better every year and the show of community support is incredible,” she said.

“An event of this nature takes a village to put together and the contributions from individuals and community organisations large and small make it very special.”

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