Celebrating Liverpool's Aboriginal history and culture

Liverpool's NAIDOC Week celebrations cannot be held in-person this year and will take the form of a Digital Program in November.
Liverpool's NAIDOC Week celebrations cannot be held in-person this year and will take the form of a Digital Program in November.

I'd like to invite you to join me to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Liverpool's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week in November.

This important week is traditionally held in July each year, but the National NAIDOC Committee postponed the celebrations until November 8 to 15 due to the impacts and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool City Council will proudly host a NAIDOC Digital Program over five days from Monday, November 9 on council's Facebook page and the digital screen in Macquarie Mall.

The program honours the NAIDOC Week theme "Always Was, Always Will Be" and includes a series of videos such as children's activities, musical performances and talks.

I look forward to sharing more information with you about NAIDOC Week closer to the event.

Council is proud of its Indigenous history and multicultural community.

At our most recent council meeting, we expressed our support for the creation of a Liverpool Multicultural Park to celebrate that we are a welcoming and inclusive city.

The Serbian Orthodox Youth Association's desire to honour the contribution of Serbian Australians is the catalyst for establishing this park.

Also at the meeting, we donated $10,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Emergency Appeal which has been established to provide support and aid in Sudan following months of heavy rain and floods.

I know many Sudanese Australians in Liverpool remain concerned about the safety and welfare of their relatives and friends in Sudan.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone who has taken our survey to guide the future development of Liverpool as an age-friendly place to live, work and visit.

The Liverpool Positive Ageing Action Plan 2021-2024 will help us adapt our programs and services to the needs of seniors and the over-55s.

  • You still have time to complete the survey. It is available at listens.liverpool.nsw.gov.auuntil Friday, October 30. The survey can be taken in English, Arabic, Hindi, Vietnamese and Simplified Chinese.