Community dance project
ATODS (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Services) is fighting back against a rise in public drinking and related anti-social behaviour at Mossman.
It hosted a community dance event at the Douglas Shire Hall on Tuesday night last week focusing on the issue.
“We had about 80 of our local community turn up to dance to rekindle a cultural activity in a drug and alcohol free environment,” said Ms Julie Williams of ATODS Mossman.
“The message behind this event is that we can have a good time together, free of drugs and alcohol and keep our culture alive by practising our customary dance ceremonies on our traditional homelands,.” she said.
The night was opened by PK, a local counsellor and ATODS volunteer, and the welcome to country was undertaken by Ms Karen Shuan.
The event also recognised the work undertaken by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) at the Mossman Gorge Community Wellbeing Centre which is being handed over to Apunipima, part of the Cape York Health Council.
Members of the community were invited to speak about their experiences with the wellbeing centre and the RFDS staff present were thanked for their involvement with the Mossman Gorge Community.
“The dance event was a great success with locals of all ages dancing and some of our older community members got up even though they hadn’t danced for many years.” Ms Williams said.
Mossman didgeridoo exponent Bruce Spider provided the accompaniment.
“It is important that we learn to solve our own problems within our community and we need to be good role models for the youth,” she said.
There are plans to hold more dance events before the Laura Dance Festival in June.
Making a difference: Community Dance event organisers at the March 17 event