Werribee in celebration of Aboriginal women

July 9, 2018 by  

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be raised above the Wyndham Civic Centre in Werribee tomorrow (July 10) from 9:30am as part of local 2018 NAIDOC week celebrations.

The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Because of Her, We Can!’ recognising the importance of the role of women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, and in the community as a whole.

In line with this theme, Western Health organised a competition of photo-portraits of ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women of the West’. Each portrait was accompanied by a paragraph detailing the subject’s achievements or inspirational qualities. The competition (which closed on May 29th) has been judged by the Weenthunga Health Network and around 30 portraits selected from the entries for an exhibition, which will be displayed at various venues within the district, including the Manor Lakes Community Learning Centre in September. Events such as this often use banner printing for promotion.

Celebrating Aboriginal culture through performance, the Wyndham Cultural Centre will present ‘Saltbush’, an interactive show of stories, songs, music and dance, taking the audience on a journey through Aboriginal Australian culture. Children are encouraged to join in with the performance, which is enacted on a mat of movement-activated sensors, which cause the landscape to develop around them.

Performances of Saltbush run until Wednesday. Tickets are available from Wyndham Cultural Centre or online.