It's breaking down barriers
NAIDOC Week celebrations in the Clarence Valley were well attended with about 2000 people flocking to the Grafton Showground yesterday to break down barriers, have fun and recognise the heritage and culture of local indigenous people.
Clarence Valley Goorie Interagency chairman Vernon Herron said the day went "pretty smooth".
"People were getting up singing and dancing and listening to music at the showgrounds," Mr Herron said.
"There were kids of all ages and elders walking around talking about the old times."
Mr Herron said the event was well supported by about 50 service providers and thanked Community Support Service co-ordinators Sharon Randall and Debby Taylor from the Gurehlgam Corporation for pulling it all together and making it easy for everyone to come along.
"I take my hat off to all the service providers who came together for the community."
Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis, Mayor Richie Williamson and Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin attended.
The 10th annual Terry Randall Memorial Golf day is on today at Maclean golf course starting at 9am and bookings are encouraged.
Stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee which was the name of the committee that was originally responsible for organising the national NAIDOC Week activities and over time the acronym has become the name for the festival.