Survival day event in Griffith to acknowledge Wiradjuri people

Griffith’s first-ever Survival Day event will be held on 26 January 2022 (Australia Day) at the Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre.

Join Griffith City Council and Griffith Local Aboriginal Land Council for this all-inclusive family event being held to show respect for our First Nations Wiradjuri People.

The community is invited to enjoy free entry into the pool and a host of cultural activities including Didgeridoo playing, indigenous dancers, a smoking ceremony and art for elders with Kerri Weymouth, as well as other fun arts and crafts. Anyone can participate in the Survival Day crafts available. A free BBQ lunch will be available along with a DJ and photo booth.

Griffith Local Aboriginal Land Council Chairperson Ms Vickie Louise Simpson and CEO, Stephen Young are encouraging locals to attend.

“This event provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our past so indigenous and non-indigenous people can formulate stronger relationships,” Ms Simpson said.

Mr Young said, “Yes it’s about respect, but it’s also about understanding, learning and working together for a better future for us all.”

Griffith Mayor, Councillor Doug Curran, said Australia Day was a good chance for us all to reflect on our history, its highs and its lows.

“I’m really pleased to see this event taking place this year,” Councillor Curran said.

“It is important that we create Nationalism by celebrating diversity, identity, creativity and solidarity. I urge everyone to come along and join in what should be a wonderful cultural day.”

Free buses will be available for pick-ups and drop-offs (on rotation every hour) from 11am-5pm. Commencing from Dave Taylor Park, Kubank Park (Parkinson Crescent) and Yawarra Park (Three Ways).

A concept design for the Griffin Green Affordable Housing development will also be on display. While extensive community consultation has previously been carried out for the Park and Basketball Court, locals are now encouraged to provide feedback for the surrounding green space.

This event will run from 11am to 5pm, with the official proceedings taking place at 1pm.

Councillor Christine Stead said Council has been in contact with Home Affairs regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

“I’m pleased to say they have encouraged Council to proceed with the Australia Day Ceremony and Citizenship and the Survival Day event as planned and to implement extra measures to ensure community safety,” she said.

“Council encourages new citizens and Australia Day Award nominees to secure their tickets early for the official ceremony at the Regional Theatre and don’t forget that Pioneer Park is holding a movie the day before, Tuesday 25 January at 6.30pm. Check Eventbrite for ticket details.”

Current COVID-19 safety regulations will be in place at all venues. Please check in on arrival and remember to social distance and if unwell, please stay home.

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