NAIDOC Day celebrations in Warrawong

Tyrell Thomas and Lorshae Brown with Lorshae’s grandmother Aunty Lorraine Brown on NAIDOC Day at Warrawong. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Tyrell Thomas and Lorshae Brown with Lorshae’s grandmother Aunty Lorraine Brown on NAIDOC Day at Warrawong. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

People from all walks of life gathered in Warrawong, on July 8 to celebrate NAIDOC Day.

Aunty Lorraine Brown of Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation, who led the Welcome to Country at Barnardos in Greene Street, said the day was an important one, not just for indigenous people, but all Australians.

‘‘While today may be a celebration of Aboriginal culture, it is also an opportunity to break down the barriers between mainstream Australia and Aboriginal people,’’ she said.

‘‘Events such as this create a bridge of understanding, in which people not of our culture can learn about Aboriginality, and hopefully bring us all closer together as a nation.’’

Liam McNiece of Primbee checks out his cool face paint at NAIDOC Day activities at Barnardos in Greene Street, Warrawong. The family day on July 8 brought indigenous and non-indigenous residents together. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Liam McNiece of Primbee checks out his cool face paint at NAIDOC Day activities at Barnardos in Greene Street, Warrawong. The family day on July 8 brought indigenous and non-indigenous residents together. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

While the day highlighted Aboriginal culture, it was also about having fun and there was plenty to keep families entertained, including pony rides, face painting, play ranger, live music and food stalls.

Lake Illawarra police commander Wayne Starling said NAIDOC Day was very special for the community.

‘‘Today is a great way to not only celebrate Aboriginal culture and acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, it’s also a fantastic opportunity for the wider community to come together to support each other, and to establish and foster cross-cultural relationships.’’

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