Michelle Roberts

Michelle Roberts

Minister for Housing and Works; Indigenous Affairs; Heritage; Land Information

    NAIDOC week celebrations start with a bang!

    11/06/2008 12:00 AM

    Thanks to $20,000 from Lotterywest the start of NAIDOC week celebrations in Perth will be bigger and culturally brighter.


    Indigenous Affairs Minister Michelle Roberts today presented the $20,000 Lotterywest cheque to NAIDOC Perth (Inc) chairperson Glenda Kickett.


    Mrs Roberts said the grant would be used to enhance celebrations planned for the NAIDOC Perth opening ceremony next month.


    “The NAIDOC Perth committee has put an enormous amount of work into organising a spectacular community event to launch an important indigenous festival,” she said.


    The NAIDOC Perth opening ceremony will take place in Wellington Square, East Perth on Sunday, July 6, from noon to 4pm.


    The Minister said the smoke, drug and alcohol-free event would include, music, dance, displays and a children’s marquee, with activities sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Affairs.


    “In the spirit of reconciliation, the NAIDOC Perth Committee has organised an event that everyone can take part in,” she said.


    NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in the first full week of July every year to honour the history, culture and achievements of indigenous people. 


    The acronym NAIDOC originally stood for National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee.


    NAIDOC Perth Inc is a community-based organisation that was formed in 2006, and is run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


    NAIDOC Perth Inc chairperson Glenda Kickett said next month’s festivities were for all Australians to enjoy and everyone was invited to the NAIDOC week opening ceremony.


    “We are very grateful to Lotterywest and our other sponsors for providing funding for the opening ceremony,” Ms Kickett said.


    Mrs Roberts said events had been planned in Joondalup, Armadale and Cockburn, Curtin and Edith Cowan Universities, the State Library and at local and State Government departments and businesses.


    For more information on NAIDOC Perth and NAIDOC week events and activities, visit http://www.naidocperth.org.


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