Com­mu­nity dance project

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Moya Stevens

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.


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