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Coonabarabran community connects through NAIDOC Grant


A NAIDOC Grant from Aboriginal Affairs NSW supported an Aboriginal organisation in Coonabarabran to celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2023.

Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land Council, located in central western NSW, used the grant funding to deliver a busy program of events including an official opening ceremony, a children’s day, a Gamilaraay language Lingo Bingo Day and Coonabarabran’s first ever NAIDOC Ball.

The official opening event, which took place at Neilson Park on the Castlereagh River, included a performance by the local Gamilaraay Dance Group, Yulugai Mari.

“We partnered with local organisations in the Warrumbungle Shire to put on a kids’ day where children were able to explore traditional art methods, cook and be creative,” said Coonabarabran Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO Brandon Nixon.

“The always popular Lingo Bingo was held where everyone had the opportunity to score some awesome prizes playing bingo,” said Brandon. “Our bingo was called by Aunty Suellyn Tighe and the cards were called in traditional language which provided the opportunity for everyone to learn Gamilaraay language.”

The celebrations concluded with a NAIDOC Ball featuring musicians Mitch Tambo and Isaac Compton.

“During the night we announced the winners of our Local NAIDOC Awards and acknowledged our Elders who had also achieved incredible milestones during their lives.”

“A real highlight was the Elders' walk; walking the red carpet seeing all our loved ones and handing out the 2023 NAIDOC Awards certainly brought tears to the eyes.”

Applications for 2024 NAIDOC Grants are now open on the Aboriginal Affairs NSW website. Applications close Friday 12 April 2024.

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