Show­case to shine light on cul­ture

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

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.

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