Last weekend’s Back to Bulgandramine Cultural Gathering was an opportunity to come together to acknowledge Reconciliation Week.
The event opened with a welcome and smoking ceremony lead by Uncle Ralphy Naden and Aunty Di McNaboe, assisted by the Forbes Wiradjuri dancers, who brought youth and vitality to the welcome.
We were fortunate to have George Mannah from NSW DPI Fisheries provide a Cultural Fishing workshop for families. Under the funding that we applied for, we were able to supply fishing rods and tackle to attendees and George covered topics like the importance of healthy rivers and river banks, the importance of snags to provide fish habitat, how to thread your line, fishing tackle and bait.
Attendees spent a couple of hours fishing along the Bogan River and got to take home their rods for future fishing adventures.
George was also able to provide some of his dance moves when welcomed by Ralphy Naden to finish off the welcome ceremony, so he felt very much part of the community.
We were also fortunate to have the Cultural burning demonstration from the Local Land Services, with the guys explaining the importance of cultural burns and the impact that they could have on regeneration, but also on weed control.
These cool burns impact the bush differently to a bush fire, because they don’t have the momentum to take out areas with ferocity. They give time to warn animals that need to move on that the fire is coming and stimulate regrowth.
Attendees were well fed with home cooked soups and traditional BBQ. The Central West Local Land Services provided a taste of native foods.
We are grateful to Pastor Tom Sloane and his wife Stella for sharing with us in an informal church service on Sunday.
We were fortunate to have contributions from local organisations including Central West Local Land Services, NorthParkes Mine, Parkes Shire Council, ARTC, Department of Aboriginal Affairs, NSW DPI Fisheries, Aboriginal Fishing Trust, Catholic Care, Arts Out West, Parkes Neighbourhood Central, NSW Police, Adele Brinkley, the Peak Hill Healing and Learning Centre, Galari Reconciliation Group, Iris Reid. We appreciate assistance and generosity of Parkes Coates Hire. Thank you to the Peak Hill Aboriginal Community Working Party and the Bogan River Peak hill Wiradjuri Aboriginal Corporation for working with CWLL to bring this event together in such a short timeframe.
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