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Council celebrates NAIDOC Week 2018


Residents of the Georges River area are being encouraged to take part in a number of activities hosted by Georges River Council to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018.

Mayor of Georges River Council, Councillor Kevin Greene, said NAIDOC Week is a chance to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements.

“The theme this year for NAIDOC Week is ‘Because of her, we can!’, and is a fantastic opportunity for the community to recognise the contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, especially women, make to our country and our society.”

“Council is getting behind this message with ‘Because of her, we can!' street flags in Hurstville and Kogarah town centres for the month of July.”

“Our new look Community magazine, arriving in letterboxes across the Georges River area from July, will also include a feature story highlighting the wonderful contributions and achievements of eight local Aboriginal women,” he added.

“I encourage the Georges River community to come along to a number of fantastic events for all ages to learn about the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures that exist within the local area."

Council will be hosting an opening ceremony for NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 10 July. Activities on the day will include an Acknowledgement of Country, a panel discussion with leading Aboriginal women, a flag raising ceremony, Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance performances, and an Aboriginal language choir.

Throughout the rest of the week, Council will also be hosting activities including an Aboriginal cultural walk through Lime Kiln Bay in Oatley Park, Aboriginal dot painting workshops for kids and adults, cultural workshops for pre-schoolers, and a screening of the film, Radiance.

Georges River Libraries will host a fascinating panel discussion with the Hon. Member for Barton Linda Burney MP and Aunty Annette Webb, and Brooke Joy will read her children’s book based on her great-great-grandmother’s life, Annie’s story: growing up strong on Boandik Country. Brooke will read in both English and traditional Aboriginal language, Bunganditj.

For more information on Council’s 2018 NAIDOC Week celebrations, please contact Council’s Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam, via 9330 6400 or via email on


Council’s Official NAIDOC Week Opening Ceremony
When: Tuesday 10 July Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
Where: Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Bookings: Essential. To book visit the ‘What’s on’ page

Aboriginal Cultural Tour
When: Wednesday 11 July Time: 10.00am-12.30pm
Where: Lime Kiln Bay Bush Walk, Oatley Park
Bookings: Essential. To book visit the ‘What’s on’ page

Meet the Hon. Linda Burney MP and Artist Aunty Annette Webb
When: Thursday 12 July Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Where: Kogarah Library and Service Centre, Kogarah Town Square, Belgrave Street, Kogarah
Bookings: Essential. To book visit the ‘What’s on’ page

Aboriginal Dot Painting Workshop
When: Monday 16 July
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm (workshop for children 6-14 years old) and 12.30pm-2.30pm (youth and adult workshop)
Where: Hurstville Museum & Gallery, 14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville Bookings: Essential. To book visit the ‘What’s on’ page

Cultural Workshops for Pre-schoolers
When: Tuesday 17 July
Times: 9.30am-10.15am - Carss Park Narani Child Care Centre, 10.45am-11.15am - Ocean Street Kindergarten, 12.15pm-12.45pm - Hurstville Early Learning Centre, 1.15pm-1.45pm - Jack High Child Care Centre, 2.15pm-2.45pm - Penshurst Long Day Care Centre

Yarning Circle
When: Thursday 19 July
Time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Where: SGCH Hurstville, Community Housing, 38 Humphreys Lane, Hurstville
Bookings: No need to book

Film Screening – Radiance
When: Friday 20 July
Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Where: Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Bookings: No need to book

Book reading: Annie’s Story – Growing up strong on Boandik Country
When: Thursday 19 July
Time and where: 10.00am-10:45am (pre-schoolers/early primary) - Kogarah Library and Service Centre, 12.00pm-12.45pm (pre-schoolers/early primary) - Hurstville Library and Service Centre
Bookings: No need to book
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