Bankstown will host a community event tomorrow (30 June) to celebrate the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Bankstown area as part of NAIDOC Week.
Mayor of Bankstown, Councillor Khal Asfour, said Paul Keating Park will be the venue for six hours of entertainment including a range of indigenous performances, displays and activities.
"It’s been a big year for indigenous affairs here in Bankstown with the adoption of Council’s first Reconciliation Action Plan,” Mayor Asfour said.
“NAIDOC Week provides the opportunity for our community to come together and reflect, celebrate and acknowledge both the historic contribution and achievements of our indigenous residents.
“Bankstown has a proud connection with our indigenous culture dating back to the 1700s when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities lived on the shores of the Georges River."
Bankstown's NAIDOC event will begin at 10am and the celebrations will include the raising of both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags as well as a free BBQ, jumping castle, Australian wildlife displays and Aboriginal dance performances, with the day concluding at 3pm.
The national theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 Years On, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.
Bankstown's NAIDOC community event is proudly bought to you by the Bankstown Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee in conjunction with Bankstown City Council.
For more information on Bankstown's NAIDOC Week celebrations go to www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au or contact Council's Community Development Officer on 97079863.