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Bringing the community together aim of NAIDOC Week

naidoctwoMacarthur will join regions across Australia to celebrate NAIDOC Week during July 5-12.

Events across the region will be aimed at bringing the community together to share in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and community.

This year’s theme – We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate – is in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea, and highlighting the anniversary of the return of Uluru to its traditional owners 30 years ago.

It also honours those who work tirelessly to preserve land, sea and culture, and to share the stories of many sites of significance and sacred places with the nation says NAIDOC. (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee)

Highlights include a flag raising ceremony from 10am on Monday, July 6, followed by a street march and community gathering at Bradbury Oval from 11am.

In partnership with Macquarie Fields Police, a NAIDOC touch football competition will be held on Wednesday,July 8 at Minto, including a lunch and activities for children and families.

♦ 2015 NAIDOC WEEK PROGRAM OF EVENTS:

WEDNESDAY 1 JULY – A WOLLONDILLY SHIRE COUNCIL EVENT

Expo event featuring Welcome to Country, raising of flags, Aboriginal dances, information stalls and bush tucker sample giveaways.

WHERE: Argyle Street, Picton

TIME: 10am to 2pm

CONTACT: Deb Osgood on 4677 8224

COST: Free event

♦ SATURDAY 4 JULY – GUIDED INDIGENOUS WALK IN DHARAWAL NATIONAL PARK

WHERE: Dharawal National Park, Victoria Road, Wedderburn

TIME: 9am to 10.30am

COST: $5 per person

BOOKINGS: Campbelltown Visitor Information Centre on 4645 4921

♦ MONDAY 6 JULY –  A CAMPBELLTOWN CITY COUNCIL EVENT

Campbelltown flag raising ceremony and NAIDOC community day

9.30AM: Morning tea on Council lawn, corner of  Queen and Broughton Streets, Campbelltown

10AM: Flag raising ceremony

10.40AM: Street march to Bradbury Oval

11AM – 3PM: Community culture day: activities, lunch, entertainment and amusements

COST: Free event

CONTACT: Debbie McCall on 4645 4359

ab flag♦ TUESDAY 7 JULY – A CAMDEN COUNCIL EVENT

Camden flag raising ceremony followed by street march and family culture day

WHERE: Camden Town Farm, Exeter Street, Camden

TIME: 10.30am

CONTACT: Fiona Devine on 4645 5084

COST: Free event

♦ WEDNESDAY 8 JULY – NAIDOC TOUCH FOOTBALL COMPETITION

Macquarie Fields Local Area Command and Campbelltown City Council event

WHERE: Sarah Redfern Oval, corner Pembroke Road and Durham Street, Minto

TIME: Registrations from 8am. Kick-off 9.30am sharp! Games continue until 4pm

CONTACT: 4645 4359

COST: Free event

♦ THURSDAY 9 JULY – THARAWAL ABORIGINAL CORPORATION FAMILY DAY

WHERE: Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, 187 Riverside Drive, Airds

TIME: 10am onwards

CONTACT: 4628 4837

COST: Free event

♦ FRIDAY 10 JULY – THARAWAL LOCAL ABORIGINAL LAND COUNCIL

NAIDOC community day

WHERE: Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council, 220 West Parade, Couridjah

TIME: From 10am

CONTACT: 4681 0059

COST: Free event

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