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Council celebrates 2017 NAIDOC Week, 4-10 July

Posted 26 June 2017 by (Hurstville News)

Administrator of Georges River Council, John Rayner, is encouraging residents of the local area to take part in a number of activities hosted by Council to celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2017. Mr Rayner said NAIDOC Week is a chance for everyone to honour and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia. andldquo;Held every year in July, NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements,andrdquo; he said. andldquo;It is also an opportunity to recognise the contributions that indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.andrdquo; andldquo;We have a series of great events taking place this week which is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn and appreciate the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures that exist within the local area.andrdquo; Council will be hosting an opening ceremony for NAIDOC Week on Tuesday 4 July at the Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville. Activities on the day will include an acknowledgement of Country, inspirational young guest speakers, a flag raising ceremony, and traditional Aboriginal didgeridoo and dance performances. Throughout the rest of the week, Council will also be hosting activities including an Aboriginal Cultural Walk through Lime Kiln Bay in Oatley Park. There will also be artist talks and Aboriginal art sessions with artists Graham Toohey, and a childrenandrsquo;s book reading in an Aboriginal language. For more information on Councilandrsquo;s 2017 NAIDOC Week celebrations, please contact Councilandrsquo;s Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam, via 9330 6400 or via email on jbassam@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.EVENT DETAILS: Councilandrsquo;s Official NAIDOC Week Opening CeremonyWhen: Tuesday 4 JulyWhere: Hurstville Civic Theatre, MacMahon Street, HurstvilleTime: 10.00am andndash; 12.00pmTransport: Hurstville Train Station and the Hurstville Bus Interchange are all withinandnbsp;walking distance of the Hurstville Civic Theatre.Bookings: Bookings essential andndash; please contact Councilandrsquo;s Multicultural and Indigenous Development Officer, Jamal Bassam, via 9330 6400 or via email onandnbsp;jbassam@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.[ENDS]