Kiray Putjung Aboriginal Corporation holds march and fun day for NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week is in full swing in Cessnock City, with a plethora of events celebrating Indigenous heritage and culture.

Kiray Putjung Aboriginal Corporation held its family fun day in Cessnock on Saturday, with a great crowd turning out to the Cessnock TAFE grounds.

The event included a flag-raising ceremony and a march around the block, down Vincent Street and back to the TAFE grounds.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can’ – recognising and celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

The theme shines a light on the role Indigenous women play in our communities and families, and celebrates their achievements, many of which have been overlooked and forgotten.

Kiray Putjung chair Susan Mulyk said the 2018 theme celebrates the invaluable contribution Aboriginal women have made at all levels in society, culturally and politically.

“Strong Aboriginal women are achieving in law, education, politics, health, the arts and in the fight for equal rights all while nurturing and raising the next generation of leaders,” Ms Mulyk said.

Kurri Kurri’s Barkuma Neighbourhood Centre will hold its NAIDOC Week family fun day at the site of its new cultural centre – Binarri Jinama-Gu – at Sawyers Gully on Tuesday from 10am to 2pm (read more here).


July 6-August 12

  • NAIDOC Week Art Trail – Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Hunter Valley Visitor Information Centre, Kurri Kurri and Cessnock Libraries, and Council Administration Building.

Tuesday, July 10

  • Barkuma’s NAIDOC Family Fun Day – New location: ‘Binarri Jinama-Gu’ (1075 Old Maitland Road, Sawyers Gully), 10am-2pm. Call 4937 1094 for more information.
  • Koori Cook-Off – Kurri Kurri Hospital, 10am. Come along and learn some new recipes, and try some surprising ingredients. (Check out last year’s event here).
  • NAIDOC Storytime – Cessnock Library, 10am-10.45am. For kids aged 2-6.

Wednesday, July 11

  • NAIDOC Storytime – Kurri Kurri Library, 10am-10.45am. For kids aged 2-6.
  • Basket weaving workshop – Kurri Kurri Library, 2pm-3.30pm, $5 per person. Bookings essential; call the library on 4937 1638.
  • Native plant giveaway at Cessnock and Kurri Kurri Libraries. Present your library card to receive one free native plant per household. While stocks last.

Thursday, July 12

  • Bush Tukka Cooking for Young People – Cessnock Youth Centre, 11am-2pm. Bookings essential; call 4993 4355.

Wednesday, July 25

  • Stanford Merthyr Infants School boys’ dance group performance – Kurri Kurri Library, 2pm.