Central Coast Council will kick off NAIDOC celebrations on the Coast with its annual Flag Raising Ceremony and morning tea on Monday 9 July from 10am in Wyong.

NAIDOC Week runs from 8 to 15 July, celebrating Indigenous Australians’ history, culture and achievements.

Indigenous flags will be raised in front of the Civic Centre in Hely St, Wyong followed by an official ceremony at The Art House.

The morning will include guest speakers and morning tea, with the highlight being performances by local students from the Indigenous Dance Residency program.

This year Council facilitated workshops where local high school students worked with professional dancer, Amy Minchin, a graduate of NAISDA, to mentor and teach local primary school students contemporary dancing with traditional elements.

Now in its fourth year, this program involves students from Toukley, Brooke Avenue and Wyong Public Schools and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkeley Vale.

NAIDOC Week gives the community an opportunity to obtain a greater understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their culture.

This year’s theme is ‘Because of her, we can!, celebrating the contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made to their communities.

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