Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, is encouraging all Shire residents to come together and join in local celebrations to mark NAIDOC WEEK 2017 on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July.
“There will be a special story times at our libraries, Quirindi on Monday 3 at 10.30am and Werris Creek on Tuesday 4 at 11.30am. Both will feature a NAIDOC week theme with Aboriginal children’s stories and books on display from the Central Northern Regional Library’s collection,” Councillor Hope said.
“From 10am – 2pm on Monday 3, a NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day will be held at Longfield Park, Quirindi which will feature a BBQ, activities and prizes, fairy floss, slushies, crafts, games and the Gomeroi Dance Company.
“It would be great to see as many people as possible come along to celebrate our First Australians, the custodians of the land,” he said.
“This event is possible because of collaboration between numerous government and non-government agencies, regional businesses and LPSC. I thank them for supporting the initiative,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that although not being staged during NAIDOC Week, on Wednesday 9 August, there is an invitation to join the Indigenous Services Librarian from The State Library of NSW in a presentation about The State Library’s resources and other strategies that could be vital for people engaged in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history research. It will be held at Quirindi Library beginning at 2pm and run for approximately two hours. More details will be available prior to the date. Interested persons can secure a spot by calling 6746 2350, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Quirindi Library Facebook page.
“NAIDOC Week 2017 will highlight the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and the theme is Our Languages Matter. It has been great to see the great steps taken in recent years to revitalise the Gomeroi language and more people learning their traditional tongue. It helps to emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song,” Councillor Hope concluded.