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Bodalla LALC showcases community spirit at NAIDOC celebrations 

Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council celebrated NAIDOC Week 2020 with a culturally-strong and engaging Family and Community Day for members and families of the local Aboriginal community.

The small but significant community event was designed with a particular focus on encouraging positive social changes by strengthening cultural connections and building community bonds.

Family members enjoying Bodalla’s NAIDOC Celebrations

The involvement of local Aboriginal peoples in the decision-making process of the event, as well as encouraging them to volunteer their time, ensured that every community member and family was involved and contributed.

There were also a number of COVID-19 guidelines that were adhered to, such as registering attendance, monitoring involvements and checking temperatures before entry to the event.

Funding of $3,000 from Aboriginal Affairs NSW was used across a number of different workshops to help with venue hire, catering, decorations, arts and crafts expenses (such as murals), and with payment to the traditional Aboriginal dancers.

“The grant helped us empower local community members through their involvement in traditional arts, songs and dances. More specifically, it helped support the men’s and women’s group activities that were facilitated by the local knowledge holders,” said Miss Nakia Moreton-Stewart, Administrative Assistance at Bodalla Local Aboriginal Land Council.

“Everyone that attended enjoyed the day and said it was a good outcome and well organised,” she said.

The NSW NAIDOC Grants is an initiative administered by Aboriginal Affairs NSW that aims to celebrate Aboriginal history, culture and achievements during NAIDOC Week. Through a variety of grants, ranging from $500 to $3,000, eligible organisations are supported to promote greater awareness and understanding of Aboriginal history and culture within their broader local or regional community.

Bodalla community members at the Family and Community Day

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