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City of Swan mayor Mick Wainwright, Midland MLA Michelle Roberts and deputy mayor David Lucas joined in the fun on Midland Oval where NAIDOC Day was celebrated this week.

Celebrating Culture in Midland

Over 1500 people and 34 stallholders celebrated NAIDOC Day on the Midland Oval on Tuesday with live music, traditional dance, hip hop performances and bush tucker.

Since the first celebration in 2013, Midland NAIDOC has been coordinated by a committee of community members, including elders and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff from local service providers.

This year, Aboriginal business owner, Natasha Gillespie, provided the cultural and event management for the celebration and the theme this year
was Our language matters.

Welcome to Country was sung in the Noongar language by Aunty Roma Winmar and guest performers included Gina Williams and the Madjitil Moorna Choir will sing in Noongar language.

Hot Likwid performed as did young local dancers the Beat Walkers Hip Hop Crew and the Swan City Youth Service dancers.

NAIDOC Lifetime Award Winner Dianne Ryder, who challenges all to improve outcomes for Aboriginal people, emceed the event .

Swan Alliance executive officer Jennifer Brodie nominated Dianne for the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award because she exemplifies the meaning of reconciliation.

“Di has been an active member of the Swan Alliance Leadership Group for the last five years and every week she teaches me something about leadership, commitment and culture.

“We nominated Di for this award because she touched the lives of an incredible amount of people in WA, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal.”

The Swan Alliance Communities for Children (or Swan Alliance) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to develop a whole of community approach to support early childhood development from birth to 12 years.

Ngala, Anglicare WA and Mission Australia together deliver this initiative to organisations in Swan, and support Midland NAIDOC every year.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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