Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced a $6,500 in grants to help deliver local community events in Cowra and Cootamundra-Gundagai to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019.

“NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the tremendous achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples here in Wiradjuri Country and all across Australia,” Ms Cooke said.

“Acknowledging and celebrating history and culture is at the cornerstone of NAIDOC Week each year and it is celebrated at all levels across the community. I encourage everyone to consider attending and participating in local events.”

The events receiving funding are:

  • St Raphael’s Catholic School- $500 for a BBQ, family day to include arts, craft, dance and storytelling
  • Weigelli Centre- $1,000 to fund an immersion of culture for all
  • Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre Inc- $3,000 for a Community Celebration incorporating a community March, Flag Raising, Traditional Ceremonies and a Community Fun Day
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council- $2,000 for a Whole-of-Community gathering to Celebrate NAIDOC Week showcasing local Aboriginal culture, including presentations, workshops and storytelling.           

NAIDOC is a nationally celebrated week dedicated to recognising and sharing the rich and diverse culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the contribution they have and continue to make to our society.

This year the Government is supporting 127 NAIDOC events across NSW – more than any previous year. NAIDOC week will run from 7 – 14 July 2019.  

For more information about NAIDOC Week visit