This is my first column as Administrator and I am delighted to use it to promote Council’s support for NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme Always Was, Always Will Be, recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Council is marking NAIDOC Week with a series of public art installations in Toukley Town Centre showcasing an adaptation of the story of Tiddalick the Frog. This version was written by local Reegan Peterson who was in primary school when he first heard the story of Tiddalick.
Kamillori descendent and local emerging First Nations artist, Kyle Waters created a series of illustrations that tell the interpretation of the well-known story. Selected pieces have been reproduced for NAIDOC Week. Supporting young artists such as Kyle is an opportunity for Council to acknowledge our First Nation's people and celebrate the significant cultural and community contribution they provide the Central Coast.