Kempsey Shire Prepares for NAIDOC Week Celebrations

Kempsey Shire Council

Yawayi (Hello). It's that fantastic time of year when people from all backgrounds come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week between 2 and 9 July and show support for our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

This special week in our area is organised by the Kempsey NAIDOC committee, who work tirelessly to create a program of events that honour and celebrate the rich history, achievements, and diverse culture of our First Nations peoples.

For 2023, the NAIDOC Week theme is "For Our Elders." It is a reminder that across every generation, our Elders have played and continue to play a significant role in our communities and families.

This year, we invite you to join in celebrating and showing appreciation for our Elders. How will you honour and recognise their contributions? The Kempsey NAIDOC Committee has organised several events throughout the Kempsey Shire to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Festivities kick off in South West Rocks on Sunday 2 July, with South West Rocks Figtree Aboriginal Descendants hosting a cultural day and opening their week-long art exhibition. It's a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in our local Aboriginal culture and witness the incredible talents of local artists.

Throughout the week, a range of events will take place, including the annual NAIDOC March in Kempsey, where we come together to walk in unity and solidarity, celebrating the resilience and achievements of our First Nations peoples. Don't miss Burrun Dalai's Family Fun Day and many more exciting activities that will be happening. For a detailed schedule of events, please visit Kempsey NAIDOC's Facebook page or

Let us come together as a community and embrace the spirit of NAIDOC Week. Let us honour and celebrate our Elders, learn from their wisdom, and build a future that is grounded in respect, understanding, and reconciliation.

Marrungbu (Thank you).

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