Celebrate NAIDOC Week in The Hills Shire

Published on 30 June 2022

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Celebrate the history and culture of our First Nations people during NAIDOC Week. 

This year's theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! which encourages institutional, social and environmental change, while also celebrating those who have made positive contributions over the many generations. 

Activities and events will be in full swing across The Hills Shire during the first week of July (from July 3 -10), including a special performance for children (in Kindergarten to Year 6) by solo artist Majeda Beatty at Castle Hill Library on Friday, July 8. 

Majeda, a Sydney-based singer, actress and dancer, and a proud Wuthathi woman, will share her culture with attendees through song, dance, stories and language. In addition to this, The Hills Shire Library Service will be promoting a curated list of books which are the perfect read during and after NAIDOC Week. 

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will also fly high at Council's Administration Building, located in Norwest. 

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Peter Gangemi said it was fantastic that residents can celebrate NAIDOC Week and encouraged them to take part in this year's celebrations. 

“Last year, we ran many of our activities, including a colouring challenge and story times online, as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown. While it was great that we could still celebrate, it just wasn't the same without everyone being there together," Mayor Gangemi said. 

“This year, I'm looking forward to joining residents at our facilities and centres once again and recognising our First Nations people and their culture, history and achievements," he added. 

Council’s childcare centres will also run a series of educational activities, with one centre looking to start a bush tucker garden. 

Various community groups and organisation will also be taking part in NAIDOC Week, including Hills Community Aid at Balcombe Heights Estate and Sydney Living Museums at Rouse Hill Estate. 

Mayor Gangemi encouraged residents to take advantage of Council's FREE Community and Council Event Directory if they are holding an event or activity. 

"It's a great way to reach Hills Shire residents and the best part about it – there’s no added fees or costs," he said.  

The Community and Event Directory is located on The Hills Shire Council website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au, under the "Community and Council Event Directory".

Residents can also find more events on the official NAIDOC Week website: www.naidoc.org.au

And to book your child's FREE place at Majeda's NAIDOC Week performance, visit: www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Library