Men gather to tackle is­sues

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Tra­di­tional dancers at the Strong Men’s Din­ner.

Pa­trick Churn­side ad­dresses the men per­form­ing the dance for the crowd.

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