NAIDOC Fam­ily Day proves pop­u­lar

FUN DAY WAS EN­JOYED BY ALL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis For more in­for­ma­tion about the cen­tre and up­com­ing events, visit black­town.nsw.gov.au or call 8822 6000

Emer­ton Leisure Cen­tre’s Koori Klub NAIDOC Fam­ily Day has been called a “great suc­cess” af­ter more than 350 turned up for the event last week.

EMER­TON Leisure Cen­tre’s Koori Klub NAIDOC Fam­ily Day has been called a “great suc­cess” af­ter more than 350 turned up for event last week.

The cen­tre took cel­e­brat­ing our cul­tural di­ver­sity – in par­tic­u­lar our in­dige­nous her­itage – to a whole new level, even en­list­ing the help of The X Fac­tor 2014 fi­nal­ist Shanell Dargan.

In keep­ing with the pur­pose of the day, com­mu­nity el­der Un­cle Wes Marne de­liv­ered the open­ing ad­dress, fol­lowed by an in­dige­nous dance per­formed by The Pittman Dancers.

Fam­i­lies en­joyed a jump­ing castle, sausage siz­zle, stalls and mega in­flat­a­bles as well as work­shops for the more sports-minded pa­trons. A Black­town Coun­cil spokes­woman said the day was a com­plete suc­cess.

“The public en­joyed per- for­mances from the Pittman Dancers and Rene­gades of Munk with X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist Shanell Dargan wow­ing the crowd with her per­for­mance,” the spokes­woman said.

“Kids also took part in an AFL skills clinic pro­vided by AFL NSW/ACT and en­joyed the mega in­flat­able jump­ing cas­tles and face-paint­ing.

“The day was a great suc­cess and pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence in­dige­nous cul­ture through fun, in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and per­for­mances.”

Pic­tures: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Duan Pittman of Mt Druitt demon­strates the didgeri­doo at the NAIDOC Fam­ily Day.

... while 17-year-old Tea­gan Pittman teaches the Emu dance.

Mark Pittman teaches the kan­ga­roo dance ...

Katie Marks, 5, of Doon­side.

Chloe El­lard, 5, of Doon­side.

Thelma Inong of Brad­bury.

Koori Ra­dio’s El­iza De­laney.

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