Roe­bourne res­i­dents act, be­long and com­mit

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

Lo­cal res­i­dents joined Roe­bourne’s So­cial and Emo­tional Well­be­ing Net­work on Mon­day to celebrate cul­ture and coun­try dur­ing Men­tal Health Week.

The inau­gu­ral Men­tal Health Week Cul­tural Walk on Oc­to­ber 5, was led by el­ders of Roe­bourne and toured cul­tur­ally sig­nif­i­cant places around Roe­bourne in­clud­ing 2 Mile Ceme­tery, the Old Roe­bourne Re­serve and the river at Ju­bilee Park.

The ini­tia­tive was part of the Act-Be­long-Com­mit pro­gram in Roe­bourne and sought to bring peo­ple to­gether on coun­try to celebrate the rich­ness of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­ture.

Lo­cal el­ders and com­mu­nity mem­bers shared their sto­ries along the way and the Roe­bourne Visi­tor Cen­tre of­fered tours of his­toric Roe­bourne through­out the day.

The day was capped off with a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, fol­lowed by mu­sic, dance and sto­ries shared by lo­cals into the evening.

ABC Abo­rig­i­nal pro­ject man­ager Lesley Mur­ray said the Act-Be­long-Com­mit part­ner­ship with Chevron Aus­tralia had de­vel­oped many so­cial and emo­tional well­be­ing projects for Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in Roe­bour ne, and was the first ini­tia­tive of its kind in Aus­tralia.

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