Showcase to shine light on culture
ABORIGINAL culture and tradition will come to the fore at the Waroona Memorial Hall for the NAIDOC Week Cultural Showcase on July 12.
The free event is a collaboration between the Waroona Shire Council and the community as part of the week which celebrates the strength and diversity of Aboriginal culture.
An opening ceremony will kick off the event with a Welcome to Country by a local elder, flag raising by Aboriginal youth, as well as didgeridoo, storytelling and traditional dancing by dance group Bindjareb Middars.
Activities during the day will include a colouring-in competition, face painting and painting wooden cut-outs of boomerangs, native animals, hands or a map of Australia for children to take home.
There will also be dance workshops, a climbing wall, bouncy castle and an obstacle course.
Bush tucker specialities will also be on the menu with community members cooking up kangaroo stew, emu bites and damper with native jams and cream.
The Leos Club of Waroona will hold a sausage sizzle and Harvey Radio will broadcast live from the event.
“The local Aboriginal community has done a fantastic job of organising free activities, free food and free fun for the whole family in the school holidays without having to travel out of town,” Waroona shire president Mike Walmsley said.
Cr Walmsley said he was grateful for the range of community groups, health service providers and businesses for getting involved in the event by setting up stalls on topics including education, employment, parenting, family and health.
“We are blessed to have a very active and supportive Aboriginal community that embraces the ties and culture that they give to the region,” Cr Walmsley said.
“We thank the local Aboriginal community for showcasing and sharing their culture with us during NAIDOC Week, which not only provides a celebration but also an education about local culture.”
Dance group Bindjareb Middars will perform traditional dancing, storytelling and didgeridoo at the NAIDOC Cultural Showcase opening ceremony.