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Plenty of action at Brewarrina's NAIDOC Week celebrations
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, Brewarrina’s various 2020 NAIDOC Week celebrations proved a great success for the whole community.
Hosted by the Brewarrina Shire Council, events were centred around the 2020 NAIDOC theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. By organising and facilitating events that were both accessible and COVID-safe, their celebrations were engaging, stimulating and enjoyable for all community members involved.
Community artwork on display
Key events included an opening ceremony, where traditional dances, songs and language were spoken, a community art project, a golf day where winners were granted food vouchers and a community sports night.
Funding of $1,977 from Aboriginal Affairs NSW assisted Brewarrina’s local community in a number of different ways such as catering costs, buying various paints and brushes for the art exhibition, sports equipment and comfortable mats for family and children to sit on at the events.
The funding also helped spark conversations about Brewarrina’s Aboriginal cultural history, which was an empowering experience for many young people and families that attended.
“We had a great NAIDOC Week all in all, thanks to Aboriginal Affairs NSW,” said Ms Aroha Groves, Community Development Coordinator at Brewarrina Shire Council.
“Community really got involved, especially with the Art Project, which was important, as hospital residents and patients could not leave the grounds due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was lovely to be able to bring some NAIDOC to them,” 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 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.
Competitors with prizes at the golf day