1. Home

NAIDOC celebrations head to Guyra

NAIDOC Week celebrations focus on Guyra this Friday, when Council holds a family day at the recreation ground from 11am to 2pm.

Traditional games, a free barbecue and live music by nationally acclaimed local band Terra Firma will feature at the family day and everyone is invited to get involved.

The Guyra celebration follows a well-attended NAIDOC Week event at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place last Friday.

Around 300 people attended A Day in the Dale last week, held by Council in partnership with the cultural centre.

Participants learnt tool and basket making skills at workshops, children enjoyed a series of games and audiences were entertained by performances by Terra Firma and the Armidale Secondary College Deadly Dancers.

Cultural Centre Director Dr Daisy William said the centre was a proud partner of this year’s A Day in the Dale, bringing together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to celebrate this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, Voice. Treaty. Truth.

“It was fantastic to see many of our Aboriginal Elders come together for a morning tea to start the day,” Dr William said.

“They were then joined by other members of the community for a talk on leadership and a ‘yoga for seniors’ session, before hitting the dancefloor to music provided by Cyril Green Senior.”

Stallholders filled the centre’s new gallery space and were kept busy throughout the event, offering fun activities and informing visitors about services available to Aboriginal community members.

Council’s Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Cyril Green, said: “Everyone who got involved helped to make it a fun day but also highly informative with some serious messages about the welfare and voice of our community.

“We’re now hoping for a positive turn-out at the Guyra celebration to wrap up our NAIDOC Week activities for another year.”

 

Latest stories

News

Water restrictions
Armidale is currently on Level 4 water restrictions and Guyra is on Level 5.
Dirty and proud campaign for motorists
Dirty cars and artistic drawings are coming together in a water-saving alliance, as Council encourages residents in the Armidale region to join the #ProudtobedirtyARC movement.
Roadworks begin for Guyra main street upgrade
A reconstruction of the Guyra main street is set to begin this Monday, as a major step to upgrade the town’s central business district.
Information session for Bees Nest bushfire
A community information session will be held at the Ebor Sports Ground this Friday from 6pm, to assist residents impacted by the Bees Nest bushfire.
Simon Murray re-elected as Mayor
Councillor Simon Murray has been re-elected as Mayor of Armidale Regional Council for the next 12 months, with Cr Libby Martin chosen as his new deputy.
Information hub launched for Bees Nest bushfire
A community information hub has been established at the Ebor Sports Ground, to assist residents affected by the ongoing bushfire at Bees Nest.
Water consumption cut to 180 litres
Town water consumption for the Armidale region has fallen to approximately 180 litres per person per day, as residents and businesses get behind the ongoing water restrictions.
Writes of passage for guest authors
Two authors with very different life stories will share their experiences at Armidale Regional Libraries this month.
Libraries launch shortest short story competition
Brevity is again king as Armidale Regional Libraries launches its third annual shortest short story competition, Six of the Best.
Bridge upgrades for greater safety
Two new bridges opened to traffic this week, with construction projects on Rockvale Road and Tanners Road nearing completion.
Armidale war memorial restored
A pair of war memorials overlooking Armidale is close to being fully restored, after one of the structures was struck by a vehicle last year.