Celebrating NAIDOC at Meerilinga Beechboro

On Tuesday 28 June 2022 Meerilinga Beechboro held their annual NAIDOC Week celebration. With over 200 children, staff, students, community members, dignitaries, and family members in attendance the day was a huge success! National NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures, histories, achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and participate in the celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

The event was opened by Meerilinga’s Cultural Engagement and Liaison Advisor Mihi who welcomed guests and acknowledged the country that our event was being held on – Whadjuk Boodjar of the Noongar Nation. William Ponton from West Beechboro Primary School then gave an Acknowledgment to Country and a Smoking Ceremony. As William was giving the Smoking Ceremony, Fabian and the Boordiya Coolongara’s from Middle Swan Primary School performed traditional storytelling dance. Next, Meerilinga Beechboro and the families from Kadadjiny Waabiny (Aboriginal Playgroup) gifted a painted garden bed to West Beechboro Primary school. Dave Lucas, Mayor from the City of Swan, thanked everyone for coming and Shane, Manager from Woolworths Beechboro, presented Meerilinga Beechboro with a certificate for being successful in the award of a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant. Once all the formalities were done, guests were invited to enjoy some tucker, have a yarn, and participate in various experiences. We had the Roll up for WA with a FREE Covid and Flu pop up clinic, Cahoots facilitating a ‘gratitude rocks’ activity, HADSCO with information for families, and John Mogeridge from the City of Swan with a Cultural Display.

We would like to thank Mayor Dave Lucas, Councilors Patty Jones and Mel Congerton, and Shadow Minister, the Hon. Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher MLC for attending our event, as well as the many organisations and the members of the public for their attendance, support, and contributions:

  • Deputy Mayor Mel Congerton
  • Meerilinga CEO Lesley Moreschi
  • Meerilinga Advisor Cultural Engagement and Liaison Mihi Betham
  • City of Swan Community Development Officer Evan Hillman
  • City of Swan Youth Officer Belinda Baker
  • Koya
  • AIEO from West Beechboro Primary School Kelly Wylie
  • CLAN Midland
  • Ngala
  • Brockman House
  • Angela Hazel from the Alternative School
  • Child Australia Lockridge
  • Beechboro Child Health Nurse Amber De Ree
  • Councilor Patty Jones
  • President of Western Australian Multicultural Association and Chairman of global chat radio – Franco Smargiassi
  • Shadow Minister of Early Childhood – Hon. Donna Evelyn Mary Faragher MLC
  • Executive manager Place Stakeholder Engagement – Meriel Pickering
  • Aboriginal advisor for city of Swan – John Mogeridge
  • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
  • Manager of City of Swan libraries – Debra Summers
  • Manager of Tucker Bushes – Mark Tucek
  • Royal Australian Air Force Indigenous liaison officer Ruth
  • Health and disability services (complaint offices) – Nicolette Ward and Caron Molster
  • Altone Youth Services Youth Futures
  • West Beechboro primary school
  • Caversham Valley Primary School
  • Lansdale early learning
  • Mundaring Parenting
  • Mercy Care
  • Outcare
  • Kids safe WA
  • HAPEE
  • Cahoots team
  • Roll-up for WA vaccination

It is everyone’s responsibility to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and to narrow the gap between aspiration and reality, good intent and outcome.