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Aboriginal and local communities celebrate NAIDOC Week in the Western region

Two events that were organised by a number of agencies including Western Local Land Services to celebrate NAIDOC Week have highlighted the great work of all women, fitting in with this year’s theme of ‘because of her, we can!’.

The events, which were held at Mungo National Park and in Brewarrina last week, attracted well over 100 people in total, with both offering a number of informative and enjoyable activities.

Some of the activities were:

  • a smoking ceremony and welcome to country
  • arts and crafts including face painting and jewellery making
  • boomerang throwing, seed and ochre grinding and Johnny cake making.

Western Local Land Services Aboriginal Communities Officer, Ronni O’Donnell helped organise the event at Mungo National Park and was pleased to see such a strong turnout on the day.

“The event was enjoyed by all from the younger generation to the elders which was fantastic,” Mrs O’Donnell said.

“We hold an event at Mungo every year and this year there were two bus loads of people make the trip from Mildura so that shows the interest in it.

“While everyone had a great time throwing boomerangs and making their own jewellery there was also some great messages delivered to the attendees about the importance of NAIDOC Week and acknowledging the great job all women do.”

The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week, ‘because of her, we can!’, celebrated the essential role that women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national level.

For more information regarding the services Western Local Land Services can offer Aboriginal communities contact one of our Aboriginal Community Officers:

  • Ronni O'Donnell - (03) 5021 9429
  • Blackie Goron - (02) 6839 2176
  • Guy Gibbs - (02) 6870 8629.

Media contact: Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.