While community groups and organisations, schools, and preschools have had to be creative and flexible in running their NAIDOC Week celebrations this week, a funding grant of $5,000 to Forbes has contributed to plans to make the Wiradjuri celebrations in Forbes just as special as previous years.
The grants for the Riverina electorate are part of the Federal Government’s $1.4 million program to support local organisations to celebrate the week.
Riverina MP and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack is encouraging the whole community to get involved in community events to learn more about the local Indigenous culture and share in the traditions which make Australia unique.
“The Wiradjuri people are a proud people with a proud history,” Michael said.
The Forbes Aboriginal community has come together to plan a spectacular day, with committee members from Yoorana Gunya, Binaal Billa, Forbes Wiradjuri Rangers, Amaroo, CatholicCare and Council, alongside local school representatives. Official community celebrations will be held today Friday, 13 November, from 4.30pm – 8pm and all are welcome to come and celebrate the ancient culture, language and customs of the Wiradjuri people, whose land we call home.
The event will feature a range of free activities including traditional art, dancing, storytelling, and language as well as art and craft activities, jumping castles and bungee trampolines plus the chance to win some amazing prizes and eat some delicious food on the day.