“We All Stand On Sacred Ground” – Lithgow Celebrates NAIDOC Week

Lithgow NAIDOC celebrations will be held on 9 October at Lake Wallace Wallerawang to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Local Aboriginal group, Mingaan Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation (Mingaan), have partnered with other organisations, including Lithgow City Council, to bring NAIDOC celebrations to the community this year.
“This year’s NAIDOC theme is We all stand on sacred ground: learn, respect and celebrate, which highlights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ strong spiritual and cultural connection to the land and sea, and provides an opportunity to learn more about country,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.
As the oldest continuing culture on the planet, the living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is intrinsically linked with sacred places. One such place in the Lithgow LGA is Maiyingu Marragu (previously known as ‘Blackfellas Hands’) located just off Wolgan road to Newnes. The rock overhang of Maiyingu Marragu features a number hands and weapons painted onto the cave, which date back to over thirty thousand years ago.
“Maiyingu Marragu is a sacred site for the Wiradjuri people. We hold cultural activities on the site, such as cultural dance and language workshops”, said Aunty Helen Riley, of Mingaan. “The site was declared an Aboriginal Place (AP) in 2008 and is now protected by government agencies. We protect our country for our ancestors, ourselves and our future generations. We look after country, and country looks after us,” continued Aunty Helen.

NAIDOC 2015 will feature a variety of activities for the whole community including traditional storytelling, bush tucker, Koori Sports, Aboriginal dance, and live music, face-painting, and all age craft activities. By popular demand, the “Zoo Mobile” with its collection of Australian native animals, such as snakes, possums, frogs, echidnas, lizards, young crocodiles and phasmids will return along with the Australian Reptile Display Show.

There will also be various stalls offering information about local services for the whole community. The Mootang Tarimi Health Bus will also be on site providing free health checks, information and referrals. A free BBQ (gold coin donation if you wish) will be available on the day along with other refreshments such as coffee, tea, drinks, cakes and fairy floss.

NAIDOC week celebrations will kick off at 10am on Friday 9 October at Lake Wallace oval, so come on down and have a fun day out with the whole family. For further information about NAIDOC Week please contact Council’s Community Development Officer, Viktoria Gulabovski, on 6354 9999 or Aunty Helen Riley on 6352 2473.

Planning and providing quality community and recreational facilities and services for a healthy, vibrant and harmonious community forms part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Contact:

Viktoria Gulabovski
Community Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

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