HEALING PROCESS: Around 1000 people marched at Maclean yesterday to mark the National Day of Healing.
HEALING PROCESS: Around 1000 people marched at Maclean yesterday to mark the National Day of Healing.

Lower Clarence helps the healing



A GIANT rainbow serpent made by students from schools across the Lower River was carried through Maclean yesterday as part of Reconciliation celebrations for the National Day of Healing.

Almost 1000 people, from school children to members of the Aboriginal community, joined the march which passed through the streets of Maclean late in the morning.

Underneath a vast blue sky and in the warm sunshine, the crowds at Cameron Park were entertained by a variety of performances from six different Lower River schools.

But the best response was saved for Lewis Walker who left them cheering for more of his impressive didgeridoo playing.

As he did the previous day in Grafton, Clarence Valley Council mayor Ian Tiley marked the occasion with an official apology to the Aboriginal people for past wrongs.

Nungera Co-operative Society general manager Trevor Kapeen welcomed Cr Tiley's gesture and said it was a step in the right direction.



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