NAIDOC 2015 – FOCUS caught up with William Paulson to find out about his role within the Manning Aboriginal Coummunity Working Party and this year’s celebrations.
Hi William. Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain your role within the Manning Aboriginal Community Working Party?
I am the current Chairperson of the Manning Aboriginal Community Working Party.
This is a group that was established from a pilot programme under Dept of Aboriginal Affairs and is made up of some 30 members, including Elders, community members, and Aboriginal organisations that work together in close partnerships. We are responsible for the organisation and coordination of the NAIDOC Week Community Open Day 2015. This year TIDE, Taree Indigenous Development Employment, is our auspice.
NAIDOC 2015 is fast approaching. What is the theme for this year?
We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate.
What makes NAIDOC week such an important event?
It is the most significant cultural event on our calendar. On this day we celebrate all layers of our culture.
How will NAIDOC be celebrated this year, and what activities are taking place in the local area?
Biripi Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre: are proud to be a member of the Manning Aboriginal Community Working Party. This upcoming NAIDOC week Biripi will be holding the following events: Monday 6th July, 10am – 12pm Flag raising ceremony to be held at Biripi Purfleet – morning tea provided. Tuesday 7th July, 10am – 3pm – Biripi Sports Day to be held at Purfleet oval – lunch provided. Thursday 6pm – 8pm – disco up to 14 years old; 8pm – 10pm disco 15 years and over, to be held at Biripi Transport Building.
All community members are welcome to attend, participate and celebrate in the community events that are hosted by Biripi ACMC. If you require transport for any of these events, please contact 6591 2400 so it can be be arranged.
Tuesday 7th, Thursday 9th: three activities at the GTCC Library – Dreaming Storytelling, Singing Language and colouring competition for children 4 – 7 years.
Friday 10th July – NAIDOC Week Community Open Day, Saltwater National Park
9:30am – 2:30pm.
How many people are involved with organising the week’s celebrations?
NAIDOC Working sub group of about 6 people, TIDE, Biripi ACMC and GTCC.
For those waiting to find out more or even become involved, how can they do so?
Information is on the National NAIDOC Website, GTCC Website, and also through listening to Ngarralinyi Radio 103.3.