How do you care for country?

It wasn’t just the freshly baked damper, sizzling kangaroo burgers or cultural dance that made this year’s National Reconciliation Week (Friday 27 May – Friday 3 June) so special.

A National Reconciliation Week BBQ in the Park event was held at Geraldton’s QEII Centre recently by the City of Greater Geraldton, themed: “Our history, Our story, Our future”, which was shared and reflected upon by all who attended.

Special guest Rod Little, co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Nation People, who is local to Geraldton (his father’s country), also attended the event and connected with the community.

NACC's Aboriginal Participation team Bianca McNeair and Greg Burrows at the event.
NACC’s Aboriginal Participation team Bianca McNeair and Greg Burrows at the event.

The Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC)’s Aboriginal Participation team, Bianca McNeair and Greg Burrows, hosted a stall to talk to the community about caring for country and showcasing Aboriginal participation in natural resource management. They also ran a competition to guess and identify native animals and their tracks, for a chance to win a special prize.

NACC’s Aboriginal Liaison Officer Bianca McNeair said the competition was a great success receiving more than 40 entrants, but it was asking community members: ‘How do you care for country?’ that was most rewarding.

“My favourite part of the day was seeing the question of ‘how do you care for country’ being answered with pride and responsibility,” she said.

“It was especially reassuring to know our young people are proud of their culture and country.”

Bianca’s art talent was also on display as part of the ‘How do you care for country’ activity, having painted a colour chalk board to display at this and future events – (we love it!!).

NACC would like to thanks Nola Gregory from the CGG for hosting the event.

NACC is also in the process of formalising an internal Reconciliation Action Plan to recognise and support other groups and organisations currently working in Aboriginal Heritage and Culture. The Aboriginal Participation team are leading NACC’s internal Aboriginal capacity-building and reconciliation process, as well as our efforts in the broader community.

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