A SENSE of inclusion and community was the overwhelming outcome of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations in Leeton.
Each year the Leeton and District Aboriginal Lands Council hosts a day for all residents to attend and celebrate the event.
Held at Gossamer Park on Tuesday, there was plenty to see and do for all ages.
Youngsters tried their hand at painting canvas shoes, had their face painted, got up close and personal with animals and even had the chance to explore police and ambulance vehicles.
For the adults it was a chance to catch up, but to also seek information from the various community stakeholders represented on the day.
The Parkview Public School Wiradjuri Dance Group again blew the crowd away, with many of the school’s teachers also giving up their holiday break to help cook the barbecue.
Leeton and District Aboriginal Lands Council chief executive officer Karen Davy said NAIDOC Week was becoming more recognised within the community every year.
“We’ve quietly worked away at it and it’s been growing for about nine years now with this event,” she said.
“Breaking down barriers is what it’s all about.
“It’s more about community. No one person being anymore than another person. It’s great.”
An official ceremony was also held, with a special NAIDOC Week cake being cut by Beverley Moore to mark this year’s theme of “Because of Her We Can”.
With Gossamer Park filled to the brim with families and happy faces, Mrs Davy said her favourite part of NAIDOC Week each year was seeing the joy it brought.
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