Celebration of indigenous culture

Welcome to Country by Doolann Leisha and Walter Eatts at City of Wanneroo Naidoc celebrations
Welcome to Country by Doolann Leisha and Walter Eatts at City of Wanneroo Naidoc celebrations

The City of Wanneroo held its fourth annual event on July 3 ahead of Naidoc Week this week, with Nyungar elders Doolann Leisha and Walter Eatts giving the ‘Welcome to country’.

The event was held at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre.

Mayor Tracey Roberts acknowledged the work done by the Reconciliation Action Plan working group during the past two years.

Motown tribute singers The Merindas performed and group member Candice Lorrae Dempsey sang a solo.

Attendees, including eight school groups, were given free rolls and participated in a range of activities, including face and nail painting and making wristbands in the colours of the Aboriginal flag.

Mrs Roberts also launched the Better Beginnings Deadly Discovery Backpacks, which include story books, musical instruments, games and activities focused on Noongar language and culture. The backpacks are now available through the Wanneroo Library.

– The City of Joondalup’s Naidoc Week celebrations were held yesterday. For pictures and a summery of events, see Thursday’s Weekender.