NAIDOC week launch
Tuesday, 6th July, 2010
A flag raising ceremony opened NAIDOC Week yesterday at the Entertainment Centre and it was well received by locals and visitors alike.
This year's theme - Unsung Heroes - recognises the part played by the quiet achievers.
The flag raising ceremony was opened by John Harris, the partnership community project officer for NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs for Broken Hill and Menindee.
Taunoa Bugmy welcomed everyone and acknowledged the contribution of Aboriginal Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.
Mayor Wincen Cuy said he was pleased to be a supporter of NAIDOC week, saying locals can learn from each other.
"We learn from the past, taking into the future what we have learnt," he said.
"It is very important to acknowledge the Aboriginal people in our community.
"The road forward is as bright and positive for the Indigenous people as it is for the rest of the community."
Despite the hope of warmer weather, Mayor Cuy wished everyone all the best and for their week of celebrations.
The Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags were then raised by Kate Pittaway, Barb Clark and Chantal Bates-Daldon. They will fly all week.
Sandra Clark, from the Wilyakali tribe, said she was very excited by the celebrations and was happy with the theme of NAIDOC week.
"I love the theme of it... we have a lot of people who are unrecognised for what they do. Without them our communities wouldn't survive," she said.
Mrs Clark also said it is important to acknowledge the young ones in the Aboriginal community.
"Our younger ones are the future and we need them."
The ceremony attracted visitors such as David and Corinne Kirchen, from Northern Rivers near Ballina NSW. The couple thought the ceremony was lovely and they both liked the idea of the three flags.
Corinne said it was good to see something being done to join the community together.
City Council's General Manager Frank Zaknich hoped the celebrations this year will be as successful as last year.
The celebrations will continue on Thursday with the "Mutual Walk of Respect" which will start in the town square at 10am and end in Sturt Park where NAIDOC Week's annual "Day in the Park" will take place.