2018 NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS IN COOMA TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER WITH FUNDING ANNOUNCED

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2018 NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS IN COOMA TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER WITH FUNDING ANNOUNCED


Monday, 25 June 2018

Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today presented Cooma’s PCYC with $500 to help celebrate NAIDOC Week in 2018.

“I’m thrilled to be announcing that the NSW Government is committing financial support to celebrate NAIDOC Week,” Mr Barilaro said.

“NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Aboriginal people here in the Monaro and right across the state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I look forward to seeing the success of these NAIDOC Week celebrations.”

Mr Barilaro presented the funding to the Cooma YMCA Youth Projects Coordinator Cathy Guion.

“Thank you to Minister Sarah Mitchell and Deputy Premier John Barilaro as without their support, we would not have been successful with this year’s Aboriginal Affairs NAIDOC Grant,” Mrs Guion said.

“This funding will be used for the event’s catering and the purchase of resources for cultural activities for the Cooma Youth HUB’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day on the 11th of July.

“This will be the 7th year that we have held a NAIDOC Family Fun Day, and the aim of the event is for all Aboriginal families and individuals within our community to come together and enjoy a great lunch, be involved in cultural activities, and maybe win a lucky door prize.”

Mrs Guion said over 60 people participated in last year’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day, with the YMCA hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell said more than 120 grants have been awarded for NAIDOC Week 2018, which runs from 8 to 15 July.

“I am very much looking forward to NAIDOC Week and all of the celebrations across the state and I am particularly excited for this year’s theme, ‘Because of her, we can!’” Ms Mitchell said.

“The NSW Government is proud to support the recognition and celebration of Aboriginal women under the NAIDOC Week theme for 2018 and we are committed to continually recognising the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal communities right across the state.”

For more information about NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au