NAIDOC Week in the Macleay

Community life - 3 July 2018

Macleay Valley residents are encouraged to participate in some of the local events planned as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations between Sunday 8 July to Sunday 15 July.

NAIDOC Week is held across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year’s theme, Because of her, we can!, celebrates the essential role that women have played and continue to play as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

Kempsey Shire Council will be hosting a community march on Monday 9 July starting from the Kempsey pool on Belgrave Street at 10:30am. The march will proceed down Belgrave Street, turn left into Clyde Street Mall and left onto Forth Street before finishing at Services Club Park at 11:30am.

Following the march, a flag raising ceremony will be held at Services Club Park at 11:30am and will be the official launch of local NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Please be advised that there will be partial road closures in Kempsey while the march takes place.

Other events planned include a photographic display celebrating some of Kempsey’s local Aboriginal women at Kempsey Library and a Craft in the Park workshop at Wigay Aboriginal Cultural Park on Sea Street, West Kempsey.

The Craft in the Park will be held on Thursday 12 July from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and will give participants the opportunity to learn more about native plants and have a go at some weaving. The event is being organised by the library in conjunction with New Horizons and is open to all ages. Light refreshments will be provided.

Council has also engaged local artist Kyara Fernando to design flags to highlight NAIDOC Week, which will be installed along Smith Street.

To find out what other events are being held across the shire go to Kempsey NAIDOC’s Facebook page.

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