Mandurah invited to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

Mandurah residents and visitors have the opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community during NAIDOC week.

Held across Australia from July 7-14 this year, NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

In 2019, the NAIDOC theme is 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future'. These were the three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, that represent the unified position of First Nations Australians.

Check out our guide below to all the events happening around the Peel region for NAIDOC Week 2019. For more information about NAIDOC Week, visit the website.

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Throughout the week

Mandurah Community Museum Display

  • When: Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-3pm
  • Where: Mandurah Community Museum

Learn, explore and reflect on the history and culture of our Aboriginal people plus enjoy a range of children's activities. For more information, call 9550 3682.

Library Activities

  • When: Various morning timeslots throughout the week
  • Where: Mandurah Library, Falcon eLibrary and Lakelands Library

Learn about Australia's Indigenous history with plenty of stories during story time at libraries across Mandurah. There will also be a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) session for toddlers on Friday. For more information, call 9550 3650.

Monday, July 8

Billy Dower Youth Centre celebrations

  • When: 9am - 2pm
  • Where: Billy Dower Youth Centre

Head down to the youth centre to kick start Mandurah's NAIDOC Week celebrations with free food, basketball and pool competitions and a workshop from premier Indigenous comedy star Kevin Kropinyeri. For more information, visit the City of Mandurah website.

Badge making

  • When: 9.30am - 2.30pm
  • Where: Mandurah Forum

Bindjareb NAIDOC community event

  • When: 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

The Bindjareb NAIDOC community event will commence with a NAIDOC Walk from the Western Foreshore Skatepark at 3.30pm followed by a flag raising ceremony at Mandjar Square at 4.30pm.

The celebrations will continue inside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre at 5pm with a Welcome to Country, speeches, afternoon tea, children's activities and a performance from special guest Kevin Kropinyeri in the Boardwalk Theatre at 6pm.

Bindjareb Art Awards official opening

  • When: From 5.30pm
  • Where: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

As part of the aforementioned community event, the Bindjareb Art Awards will be officially opened as part of the celebrations.

An exhibition of invited contemporary Nyungar artists, the showcase presents culturally significant artworks that reflect the world's oldest living culture and recognise the contribution made by Indigenous artists and will be on display in the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre from June 27-July 21. For more information, visit the MPAC website.

Tuesday, July 9

Community Playgroup

  • Where: Dudley Park Child and Parent Centre

For more information about the special community playgroup gathering for NAIDOC Week, contact 95375603.

Waroona 2019 NAIDOC Showcase

  • When: 10am - 3pm
  • Where: Waroona Memorial Hall

Enjoy a day of free and fun activities including arts and crafts, dancers, face painting, kangaroo taste testers, damper making, bouncy castles, school art display, health stalls, and famous athletes.

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale NAIDOC community event

  • When: 10am-12pm
  • Where: Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre

The Maar Koojdal Aboriginal Corporation will launch the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale's free, family friendly NAIDOC week event with a Welcome to Country didgeridoo ceremony and a fun interactive dance performance.

NRL WA will also provide rugby league activities and the Mundijong Community Library and the Shire's Youth Development team will run art and crafts activities while Ranger Red will also present an animal display. For more information, call 9526 1111.

Wednesday, July 10‚Äč

ME@3 Play Session

  • When: 10am -12 pm
  • Where: Greenfields Community Centre

Bring along a gold coin donation to join in the fun at Greenfields Community Centre. This NAIDOC Week event is for 3 year olds and their family and friends. For more information, call 9535 7165.

Thursday, July 11

Badge making

  • When: 9.30am - 2.30pm
  • Where: Mandurah Forum

Saturday, July 13

Gnaala Karla Booja Netball Carnival

  • When: From 8.30am
  • Where: Thomson Street Netball Courts

Join in the competition at the Gnaala Karla Booja Netball Carnival. To register, contact tanya.halliday@kwinana.wa.gov.au.