West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council has hosted the first of a series of Indigenous Weaving Workshops, thanks to funding of $21,359 through the Community and Place Grants Program from the former NSW Government.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the workshops are a great opportunity to take part in traditional art, celebrating First Nations cultural heritage.
“To come together through the weaving tradition, learn cultural and creative knowledge and gain a new skill, is a special opportunity to have available locally,” Ms Cooke said.
Leticia Payne from the West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council said the workshops are aimed at providing both members and the community an opportunity to come together.
“Not only do the participants learn a new skill, but they are also building support networks and creating stronger community connections,” Ms Payne said.
“We are looking forward to more workshops which are planned to be held in September and November of this year.”
Ms Cooke said the West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council has also been successful in gaining funding through Aboriginal Affairs NSW for a ‘NAIDOC Family Fun Day’, to be held on 21 October.
In celebration of NAIDOC Week, funding for four events in the Cootamundra electorate has been secured, including:
- West Wyalong Local Aboriginal Land Council have received $1,775 toward their ‘NAIDOC Family Fun Day’,
- Narrungdera NAIDOC Committee, Narrandera have received $2,500 toward their ‘Celebrations for Our Elders’ event,
- St Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra have received $1,500 toward their ‘NAIDOC Celebration’, and
- Young Mobile Play Activities have received $1,800 toward their ‘Young Mobile Play Activities NAIDOC Week’.
For more information about upcoming weaving workshops, and local NAIDOC Week events, please visit: https://alc.org.au/land_council/west-wyalong/