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’.
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
“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
“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.