NAIDOC Week celebrated

Members of the Robe community invited Uncle Doug Nicholls, Aunty Penny Bonney and Burrandies Aboriginal Corporation chief executive Robyn Campbell to attend the recent NAIDOC Week Ceremony on Royal Circus.

Uncle Doug led a Smoking Ceremony and Aunty Penny conducted the Acknowledgement of Country.

Staff and students of Robe Primary School and Robe Kindergarten were in attendance and were given the opportunity to ask Uncle Doug and Aunty Penny some questions about NAIDOC Week and Aboriginal culture.

Uncle Doug also taught them how to do the emu and kangaroo dance while he played the didgeridoo.

The NAIDOC Week ceremony left a favourable impression with Robe Mayor Alison Nunan.

“It was lovely and it was especially great to see the kids there asking plenty of questions and doing a couple of dances for us all to enjoy,” Mayor Nunan said.

Meanwhile, the first official NAIDOC Week colouring competition was staged at the Robe Library and Visitor Information Centre.

The artwork will be on display at the library for the rest of July.

Local Indigenous artist Amanda Clarke kindly donated the artwork and Councillor Ned Wright assisted her in the judging process.

The competition was regarded as a special way to get the children involved in the NAIDOC Week celebrations.

The library personnel were extremely grateful for the generous time the staff from Robe Primary School, Robe Kindergarten and Robe Child Care On Wheels Service put in to ensuring the youngest locals could be a part of the competition.

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