Families join in NAIDOC fun
It was impossible not to smile and feel gloriously happy last Saturday at Terrace Park, Brunswick Heads.
The sky was blue and the sun rolled out for north-of-shire NAIDOC Week celebrations, and young and old, indigenous and non-indigenous, locals mixed in together, sitting on the grass for a day of music, dance, food and fun.
“This is where our old people have always fished and camped,” said Delta Kay as, beside her, respected elder Auntie Dulcie Nicholls sat contentedly on her chair “along the banks of the Durungbil River”.
So it was fitting that such a significant spot was the venue to celebrate this important date and to showcase our vibrant indigenous culture with a great line-up of talent in music and dance.
“It has been fantastic,” event organiser and Byron Council youth activity co-ordinator Belle Arnold said, “and great to see so many people come together to support local indigenous people.
“I wanted to do something for the kids here, who often can't get to Byron, and to provide a platform for young people to celebrate with their peers.
“For me, personally, it's a big event, and what's made this so different is to see the community really coming together.
“And it's good to see so many families here.”
The event was funded by the council and put on in partnership with Bruns Community Drug Action Team, Mullum Youth Recreational Facility crew and Byron Youth Council, and was a first of its kind.
Besides the entertainment from the Soundshell, on rugs on the grass there was the opportunity to have a go at basket weaving, led by the Aboriginal weaving group, while, in the kids tent, there were lots of red, yellow and black beads to thread into necklaces, workshops for badge making and plenty of paints and brushes to get creative with.