Bass Coast Celebrates NAIDOC Week
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia from 7 to 14 July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The week is celebrated not just in the Indigenous communities, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools, local councils and workplaces. These rising figures ring true right here in Bass Coast too, with community groups getting involved and NAIDOC events becoming increasingly popular. This year, a number of community organisations are holding events.
There really is something to do for everyone! Starting with a flag raising ceremony at Ramahyuck, the week continues with a range of events. You may prefer a film day at Mitchell House, or an exhibition of registered artefacts at the Phillip Island and District Historical society. Presentations will be made from nationally recognised speakers as part of the Bass Coast South Gippsland Reconciliation Group event, and there will also be speakers at Griffiths Point Lodge. There will even be something for the whole family, with simple story telling at local libraries, and a children’s event held at the Bass Coast Adult Education Centre.
There will also be a larger celebration hosted by the Warreeny Sports Committee on 2 August. This event will celebrate the sporting achievements of a number of local community members, along with other activities.
For details of events check out the Bass Coast Shire Council website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au.