Worimi Elders to host first official NAIDOC event in Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest

Worimi Elders Uncle Denis, Auntie Liz, and Auntie Fran will host the area’s first NAIDOC event.

FIRST Nations celebrations will have another first, with the inaugural NAIDOC Week events occurring at Tea Gardens Public School grounds from 9.45am-2pm on Tuesday, 11 July.

During the holidays Tea Gardens Public School will be hosting a very special event for everyone to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2023.

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With this year’s theme “For Our Elders”, MidCoast Council wishes to recognise Aboriginal Elders’ important role with communities and families is central, with many NAIDOC events celebrating Elders as cultural knowledge holders, trailblazers, nurturers, advocates, teachers, survivors, leaders, workers and loved ones.

The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Aboriginal Reference Group, in partnership with Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council/Murrook Cultural Centre, and Elders Aunty Liz McEntyre, Aunty Fran and Uncle Denis Flaus, invite the community to attend the first NAIDOC celebration in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest.

“Feel free to come along and join in all the fun, including traditional face painting and dance workshops, boomerang throwing, art, beading, and a barbecue lunch,” said Auntie Liz.

“Thanks to MidCoast Council for offering the funding, and TGPS principal Mark Clemson has been fabulous in donating the use of the school’s grounds for the day,” Auntie Liz told NOTA.

It is set to be a truly community-driven event, with the Lions Club volunteering their barbecue, and also a community artwork funded by the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association, and even some TGPS teachers are coming in during the holiday period.

MidCoast Council has granted four successful NAIDOC committees to help deliver community-led, ‘whole-of-community’ NAIDOC Week activities this July, including Gloucester Worimi First Peoples Aboriginal Corporation, Purfleet Aboriginal Lands Council, and Forster Local Aboriginal Land Council.

“We are proud to support NAIDOC events and celebrate the history, culture, creativity and diversity of our MidCoast residents,” said Alex Mills, MidCoast Council’s manager libraries and community services.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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