Din­ners cel­e­brate unique com­mu­nity

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

Hun­dreds of proud lo­cal men and women dressed up and gath­ered to cel­e­brate their com­mu­nity’s cul­ture and strength at the an­nual Roe­bourne men’s and women’s din­ners last month.

The men’s din­ner and Mangabura Gu­ma­gar­rigu, or “strong beau­ti­ful women’s gath­er­ing”, were held at the Nor West Jockey Club on Septem­ber 28 and 29 re­spec­tively, with a sup­port­ive at­mos­phere ac­knowl­edg­ing the hard work many lo­cal men and women do for their com­mu­ni­ties.

The women’s din­ner in­volved speeches and en­ter­tain­ment by com­mu­nity mem­bers and guests who ex­em­pli­fied what it means to be a strong woman, in­clud­ing event co-founders and Roe­bourne Ngar­luma el­ders Vi­o­let Sam­son said Pansy Hicks, MC Karla Hart, and singer Bil­lie Court who put on a pow­er­house per­for­mance of jazz and pop songs.

The men’s gath­er­ing on the pre­vi­ous night saw ac­tor Ernie Dingo take to the stage as MC.

Ms Sam­son and Ms Hicks said they were proud to have be­gun the Mangabura Gu­ma­gar­rigu tra­di­tion and watch it grow in the past nine years.

“We do a lot of jobs — at home, caring for chil­dren, cook­ing, and this is our night out for the ladies,” Ms Sam­son said.

Cater­ing was pro­vided by Ier­a­mu­gadu Cafe staff while rangers from the Yabu­rara and Coastal Mar­dud­hunera Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion set up the big out­door space.

This was the first se­ries of din­ners to be co-or­di­nated by YACMAC, sup­ported by spon­sors Rio Tinto and Wood­side.

YACMAC her­itage of­fi­cer Au­drey Cos­mos said staff felt priv­i­leged to be lead­ing the beloved lo­cal events.

“We were ap­proached midyear by Wood­side and Rio. They put it out to the com­mu­nity, to who­ever wanted to take part,” she said.

“For me per­son­ally, I’ve got all my sisters here tonight ... and I’m hon­oured.”

Ms Cos­mos said the din­ners were events unique to the tight-knit Roe­bourne com­mu­nity, and they had spe­cial mean­ing this year be­cause of the town’s 150th year an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Wood­side’s San­dra McInnes, Rio Tinto’s Jen­nifer MacKen­zie, Roe­bourne el­ders Vi­o­let Sam­son and Pansy Hicks, YACMAC staff Selina Mowarin and Au­drey Cos­mos, and MC Karla Hart.

Singer Bil­lie Court at Roe­bourne’s Nor West Jockey Club.

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