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Hundreds turn out for NAIDOC party

Friday, 10th July, 2009

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week celebrations continued yesterday with a big day of entertainment in Sturt Park.

Hundreds of locals passed through the park for the event, which celebrates the culture of Australia's indigenous people.

The theme of this year's NAIDOC Week is "Honouring our Elders, Nurturing our Youth" in appreciation of the contribution Aboriginal Elders make to the community.

In keeping with the theme a number of Elders were presented with recognition awards, while the young Baarkindji Dancers entertained the crowd with energetic dancing.

There was also a bouncing castle, barbecue, traditional games and trivia games throughout the day.

The event was organised by Tegan Hinchey, Tirrell Kennedy, Gareth Hinchy and Latesha Adams, all of whom are members of the Murdi Paaki Young leaders program.

Ms Hinchey said it had been a great success, and she thanked local businesses and community groups for their contribution towards the day.

"It's been pretty good so far. We've had a lot people coming and going," she said.

"The weather has been beautiful, we've had great support from the whole community... we're really happy with how everything has gone."

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