Residents in Gilmore are being encouraged to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo High Court decision as part of National Reconciliation Week activities.
The Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis said she was pleased to announce that Eurobodalla Shire Council have received a one-off $5,000 grant to support anniversary celebrations during National Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June 2017).
“Eurobodalla Shire Council will partner with Katungul Aboriginal Corporation, the Eurobodalla Police Citizens Youth Club, Eurobodalla Koori Employees Network and Campbell Page to commemorate our nation’s history,” she said.
“The 3on3 by the Sea Reconciliation Challenge aims to bring together the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, reconciliation and healthy lifestyles.”
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the referendum and Mabo decision were two highly significant events that played an important role in enabling local communities to walk together in a grass roots movement.
“I am proud knowing communities across Australia will be honouring these anniversaries in their own way,” Minister Scullion said.
“I am delighted that the Eurobodalla Shire Council is able to mark the significance of these two occasions in a manner that recognises the importance of these events to Australia’s shared story,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
Residents are encouraged to share their story of their community’s celebration of these anniversaries under the banner of #NRW2017.