One to re­mem­ber

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Leah Roberts and Jes­sica War­riner

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple gath­ered in Es­planade Park on Sun­day to cel­e­brate One Day in Fre­man­tle.

Crowds danced and sang along to Baker Boy, Djuki Mala, Kate Miller-Hei­dke and DJ Kevin Parker, and en­joyed a va­ri­ety of bush tucker stalls, face paint­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Chris­tine Ross held an Abo­rig­i­nal flag through­out and said they were en­joy­ing cel­e­brat­ing with ev­ery­one at the event.

“It’s about cel­e­brat­ing with all Aus­tralians to­day. It’s not that hard, just change the date,” Ms Ross said.

“We are cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties here and we feel very proud to cel­e­brate.”

Co­rina Abra­ham, who was sell­ing kan­ga­roo wraps and rais­ing money for home dial­y­sis, de­scribed One Day in Fre­man­tle as a day of unity.

“It is a day where we don’t feel grief or sad­ness of what my an­ces­tors went through,” she said.

Mikayla, Jorel and Jamahl were among those who were par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to see­ing per­form­ers Djuki Mala and Baker Boy.

“It’s a Sun­day, ev­ery­one can cel­e­brate, there’s noth­ing neg­a­tive about it,” Jamahl said.

Bindi Bindi Dream­ing founder Marissa Verma painted faces of chil­dren and adults and said she was ex­cited to be re­turn­ing this year.

“For us it’s more about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion,” she said.

Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said it was nice to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing the day.

“It is what I have al­ways loved about Freo,” he said. “Crowds are re­ally di­verse and there is a real sense of in­clu­sion.”

Dr Pet­titt said that he had ev­ery in­ten­tion of hold­ing the event again next year.

Clock­wise from left: Singer Kate Miller-Hei­dke; Marie Tay­lor de­liv­ers the Wel­come to Coun­try; Cir­cus WA; A Djuki Mala dancer.

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