NAIDOC week exhibition celebrates community

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Cornerstone Christian College Year 4 students Hayley Maythem and Josephine Threadgold got involved in NAIDOC week activities.
Camera IconCornerstone Christian College Year 4 students Hayley Maythem and Josephine Threadgold got involved in NAIDOC week activities. Credit: Supplied.

An exhibition to celebrate NAIDOC week opens tomorrow at Railway House on the Busselton Foreshore.

Entitled Boola Kala, Moorditij Maaraka – Many Colours, Deadly Hands, the exhibition features the artwork of local Aboriginal community members and will run until August 16.

Busselton City deputy mayor John McCallum described the exhibition as insightful.

“Artists from different backgrounds and age groups have contributed to the exhibition demonstrating a diversity of style and influence,” he said.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


“Staging the exhibition has been a collaborate exercise. Events like this help progress reconciliation at the local level and I want to thank everyone involved.”

Cr McCallum also applauded the efforts of Cape Naturaliste College student Georgia O’Neill who has been working at the City as part of a student work-placement program sponsored by Rio Tinto.

Georgia played a key role in the Walking on Boodja Project - another important component of local NAIDOC celebrations this year.

This project, which is still running, involves the installation of many feet cut from felt and inscribed with a personalised message composed for Aboriginal women who have provided strength and guidance to their friends and families.

These messages of support align with the 2018 NAIDOC Week theme - “Because of her, we can.” While the focus has been on Aboriginal women, messages for all Aboriginal people can be left.

Community members can still participate in the Walking on Boodja Project by writing their own positive affirmation to Aboriginal people.

All the required materials are available at the Youth and Community Activity Building on the Busselton Foreshore until the end of the school holidays.

The felt feet are being installed in the Art Geo Cultural Complex Merenj Boodja Bush Food Garden and will be on display until the end of July (subject to weather).

More more NAIDOC week coverage from the Times, go to https://www.bdtimes.com.au/?news/busselton-dunsborough-times/new-home-for-festival-ng-b88886089z

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails