NAIDOC Week: City of South Perth to stage gala celebration

NAIDOC Week: City of South Perth to stage gala celebration

CITY of South Perth will celebrate NAIDOC Week with a series of events to acknowledge rich Aboriginal history, culture and achievements.

Community members are invited to attend the City’s flag raising ceremony on Tuesday at the South Perth Community Hall to honour the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

Miss NAIDOC beauty pageant competitor Emma Garlett, who won Miss Photogenic, will speak at the event.

Ms Garlett (22) is a Noongar and Yamatji woman who considered herself a strong advocate for Indigenous excellence.

Ms Garlett said she wanted to empower Indigenous people to work at an executive level within multinational corporate enterprises.

“To me, leadership is not about having the most followers, it’s about developing and empowering our youth to be leaders because they are our future,” she said.

“I aspire to create a future we can all be proud of, where shame is replaced with pride.”

Currently in her final year at Curtin University, Ms Garlett is studying a bachelor of law and commerce while simultaneously working at the university to develop its 2017-2020 Indigenous Employment Strategy.

City of South Perth mayor Sue Doherty said the city was proud to support activities during NAIDOC Week.

“It is an important opportunity for all Australians to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Doherty said.

“It also encourages non-Indigenous Australians to learn about, reflect upon and acknowledge the positive contributions of the Indigenous community in different facets of our society.”

More information about the NAIDOC Week events at www.southperth.wa.gov.au.