This year’s theme, “Because of her, we can”, was a great opportunity to reflect on the women in our lives, so at St Kilda Road we created handprint artwork to acknowledge them – each mark representing a significant female in the person’s life.
In Erskine Park, the depot held a NAIDOC barbecue, which started with an Acknowledgement of Country by Aunty Cino from the Muruwari People, paying respect to the Dharug Nation and their Elders. To recognise this year’s theme, six girls performed the national anthem in both Dharug language and English. Uncle Mark Pittman, also from the Muruwari People, led the performance.
The girls also performed three dances – The Sun Dance, The Leaf Dance and The Emu Dance – before bringing staff members from the C&I teams up to participate in the dances as well.
It was an incredible opportunity for the teams to watch these performances, and a personal moment of pride for Westley Trist (Operations Manager) to watch his daughter, Teliyah, perform for the first time.
In Bunbury, local elders shared beautiful stories relating to the theme, as well as a Welcome to Country and Cultural Connection piece.
Other highlights included performances by the Yorganup Jack dance group and delicious treats featuring native ingredients like wattleseed, lemon myrtle, macadamia nuts and strawberry gum (the original chewing gum!).
How did Cleanaway celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018? Read about our partnership with NAIDOC Perth and find out what NAIDOC means to Taryn Batt, our Narangba Customer Service Officer.
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