Liberal Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres officially opened NAIDOC Week Celebrations in Penrithtoday as part of a civic function hosted by Penrith City Council.
“NAIDOC Week is time when all Australians can celebrate Aboriginal culture, and take pride in Aboriginal community strengths and achievements.\”Mr Ayres said today.
\”It is a time of celebration and a time of action, and a time to remember the disadvantage still faced by aboriginal people. By celebrating and reflecting together, we can work to make the changes we need to make.\”
In his speech Mr Ayres payed specific tribute to the local works of Kingswood artist Brook Andrew, now on display at Lewers Gallery in Emu Plains.
\”He (Brook Andrew) is one of the most respected photographic artists in the country, and he is a local Kingswood boy. I would encourage all of you to go down to the Lewers Gallery and take a look at his work to see the contribution that our local Aboriginal people can make.\”
The NSW Government have provided funding to support NAIDOC events in Aboriginal communities right across the state, including family days, performances, workshops and formal events.
In addition to this civic reception, other NAIDOC events in Penrith include an Aboriginal flag-raising ceremony at St Marys Local Area Command and the NAIDOC 2011Celebration at Jamison Park on Friday.
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