Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 - City of Cockburn
AS PART of NAIDOC Week celebrations in the City of Cockburn, the Cockburn Seniors Centre played host to a ball highlighting the importance of indigenous culture to the community.

On Tuesday (July 5), local seniors and elders – and some from as far away as Quairading –
gathered for lunch, dancing and entertainment from the Usual Suspects, bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous people, showing cultural diversity is alive and well in teh area.

With roots tied intrinsically to Aboriginal rights, the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee was formed in 1957 to support and promote Aboriginal Sunday and has since evolved into a week-long recognition of Aboriginal culture.

For the past 54 years, NAIDOC celebrations have been held around Australia in July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The NAIDOC Seniors Ball was a joint initiative from the Cities of Cockburn and Melville and comes after the City of Cockburn became WA’s first metropolitan local government to adopt a reconciliation action plan at the start of June.

naidoc1: City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett with Reverend Sealin Garlett.

naidoc2: Glenn Ross, of Forrestfield, with Jill Fisher, of Atwell, at the NAIDOC Seniors Ball.

naidoc3: Yangebup resident Dolores Roe, currently writing her autobiography, headed out to be part of NAIDOC Week activities.

naidoc4: Guests at the NAIDOC Seniors Ball took the opportunity to get up an cut a rug.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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