Didgeridoo and face painting part of new NAIDOC Week event in Coolbellup

A free family day on Tuesday, July 5, is part of Cockburn’s expanded NAIDOC Week celebrations this year.

The event from 11am to 2pm at Len Packham Reserve clubrooms in Coolbellup will include a Welcome to Country, didgeridoo playing, cultural art and craft, face painting, games, activities, food and a raffle.

It’s among several NAIDOC Week activities that will be held across the wider district.


City of Cockburn Aboriginal community development officer Marlee Kickett said National NAIDOC Week, which starts Sunday, was especially significant in Cockburn’s First Nations community.

“The city has held an annual NAIDOC flag-raising event for many years but this is the first time we have held a community event for families and people of all ages. We hope everyone comes down for a yarn and to enjoy the celebrations,” Ms Kickett said.

On Monday, July 4, Miss and Mr NAIDOC Perth runners-up 2022 Kalisha Krakouer from the Wagyl Kaip (Great Southern) region and Thomas Betts from Boorloo (Perth) will speak at a breakfast event about their journey as Aboriginal people growing up and living in WA.

Children’s activities including bush tucker tasting, storytelling with digeridoo, and Wagyl mural and weaving sessions will be on offer at Cockburn libraries throughout the school holidays. Internationally-recognised Aboriginal artist Sharyn Egan will help people create native animal totems at an adult weaving workshop in Spearwood on Thursday, July 7.

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