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21 July, 2022

NAIDOC Week 2022 comes to end

arlier this month, Gilgandra Youth Services hosted a number of events in celebration of NAIDOC Week, bringing the community together to ‘Get Up, Stand Up, and Show Up’.

By Emily Middleton

Nunka Wa Ru, Gilgandra Youth Services newest youth worker, alongside youth and fitness supervisor Monica Mudford, put together a range of activities throughout the week. Starting with the flag raising ceremony that was moved inside, a highlight was the story time held at Gilgandra Shire Library.

“The story time was wonderful, the children and elders loved it. It was planned for Mrs Bird to read stories, but she was unwell. So the team from Barnardo’s stepped in, and the librarian Liz McCutcheon, and Nunka, all did an amazing job,” said Mrs Mudford.

“It was really nice for the younger kids, and the elders, and other Aboriginal figures in the community to share that with them.”

Mrs Mudford said that the barbeque and traditional Indigenous games were also a huge hit amongst the community.

“That was really well attended, and really lovely with much nicer weather. It was just such a positive day and positive week. Margaret Pearce wrote into The Gilgandra Weekly stating how proud she was of Nunka and his efforts as his first time as youth worker.

“Congratulations to Nunka Wa Ru. As his first time as youth worker for organising a great week of activities for NAIDOC Week. A job well done,” said Mrs Pearce.

“Although it was a poor response from the community attendance, all went well, so well done again and keep up the good work. Get up, stand up, show up.”

Despite some events not meeting expectations in numbers, due to school holidays and weather, Mrs Mudford said that this was the perfect opportunity to learn from.

“It was a positive start to NAIDOC, and we can only learn and develop from here. The theme this year also was really nice from a council employee perspective to make an effort and really celebrate.”

Later in the year there will be a follow up from NAIDOC Week, with guest speakers and further activities to be held.



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