Men gather to tackle issues
■ Roo tail and stew cooked in the fire greeted Roebourne men as they descended on the North West Jockey Club for the annual Strong Men’s Dinner last week.
The night brings the men together to discuss the issues they see in the community, such as mental health, drugs and respect for country.
Event MC Patrick Churnside opened the evening before bringing the crowd away from the tables, where a group performed some traditional dances for everyone in attendance.
Mr Churnside said the night was an open forum for the men in the community.
“What tonight represents is about country, it is a demonstration of what country is from an indigenous perspective,” he said.
“A lot of women in the community are very strong and I have seen men standing up and taking action in the community in the past few years.
“I would like to see more men be part of these functions and events.”
Mr Churnside said the dances had played their part in helping lift the men up in the Roebourne community.
Guests were also treated to a buffet dinner with local ingredients served up by ISS, and live music.
Traditional dancers at the Strong Men’s Dinner.
Patrick Churnside addresses the men performing the dance for the crowd.