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Bourke celebrates NAIDOC week

Castlereagh Connection band members Travis Jones (acoustic guitar), David Jones Snr (bass guitar), Braydon Dodd (drums), Lisa Jones and David Jones Jnr (electric guitar) were a real hit with the crowd at Monday’s NAIDOC celebrations in Central Park. Photo TWH

Last week Bourke celebrated NAIDOC week, with a weeklong program of events coordinated by Maranguka Community Hub.

‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ was the original committee responsible for the organisation of the national week of celebration and over time, the festival became known by the acronym NAIDOC.

The festival, usually held in Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, was postponed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bourke’s NAIDOC celebrations commenced with an elders’ gathering and family day in Central Park on Monday and closed with a corroboree and dinner in Darling Park on Friday evening.

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