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NAIDOC Week feature-packed

Friday, 27th June, 2014

Last year’s Family Fun Day for NAIDOC Week attracted a very healthy crowd to Sturt Park. Last year’s Family Fun Day for NAIDOC Week attracted a very healthy crowd to Sturt Park.

Broken Hill NAIDOC Week will be held next month as the event goes from strength to strength.

This year’s theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of the nation.

The week will run from Saturday, July 5 to Friday, July 11.

“The week will kick off with a Rugby League Gala Day and end with the Pancake Morning tea,” said local NAIDOC Committee member Tegan Hinchey.

“Last year we had our Rugby Gala Day on a Wednesday but we decided to move it to give more people the chance to come.”

Ms Hinchey said the event continues to grow and the popular Free Family Fun Day was always a success.

“It is very popular. It was huge last year,” she said. “We had about 1,500 to 2,000 people attend. It’s getting bigger and bigger.”

The Rugby Gala Day will be held at Lamb Oval at 10am on Saturday.

There will also be a flag raising ceremony at 10.30am on Monday at the Civic Centre.

On Tuesday, there will be an Elders Morning Tea, 10am-12pm, at the Community Restorative Centre in Argent Street.

The Family Fun Day will be held in Sturt Park on Thursday, 10am to 3pm. This will include music, dance, traditional food, art, activities, jumping castle, stalls, face painting, karaoke, merry-go-round and a special guest appearance from Yamba the Honey Ant. 

Then on Friday there will be the Pancake Morning Tea at 11am at Warra Warra Legal Service.

“We have been planning this week since January, “ Ms Hinchey said. “We have come together and we are really organised. There is something for everyone.”

Ms Hinchey said NAIDOC Week breaks down barriers within the community.

“You can see that with the Family Fun Day; the Aboriginal community and the non-Aboriginal community come together.

“It shows how strong the Aboriginal community is. It is one of the biggest events on the calendar for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“It celebrates our history, survival, achievements and culture.”

Transport is available. Call 8088 0002 for more information.

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