Published On 03 July 2019 at 11:05 AM
Sutherland Shire Council is once again partnering with Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation to host NAIDOC Week celebrations at Gunnamatta Park Pavilion, Cronulla on Thursday 11 July, 2019.
NAIDOC Week occurs nationally from Sunday 7 July through to Sunday 14 July and coincides with the winter school holidays, providing families a great opportunity to participate in the celebrations and learn more about Sutherland Shire’s local Aboriginal heritage.
The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week is “Voice. Treaty. Truth.” and celebrates the Indigenous voice of our country which is over 65,000 years old. The theme celebrates the precious languages, culture and knowledge that have been passed down for generations.
Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Councillor Carmelo Pesce said NAIDOC Week is an important celebration of our nation and the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Council is proud to support NAIDOC Week and we would like to invite our residents to come along to this fabulous free community celebration that actively promotes working together for a shared future,” said Mayor of Sutherland Shire, Councillor Carmelo Pesce.
“NAIDOC Week is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life and we are proud to bring the community together for this event.”
Aunt Deanna Schreiber, Chair of Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation said she was looking forward to giving the Acknowledgement to Country at the event.
“I’m so proud of our members and Council staff who put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the event is an inclusive and educational fun day out for our community,” Mrs Schreiber said.
“Our NAIDOC event is growing each year and that’s such a positive thing as we look towards our community’s future.”
The official proceedings begin at 10am and will be followed by a gold coin donation morning tea and BBQ lunch.
There will be a variety of fun activities for everyone to enjoy ranging from arts and crafts, face painting, jumping castle, Emergency Services vehicles and vessels on display, kids cultural dance workshops, basket weaving, yarn circles, animal farm, interactive sea and bug animal display, over 30 stallholders and entertainment by Evie J Willie and the Col Hardy Band.