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Celebrating Aboriginal connection to Country during NAIDOC Week

North Coast Local Land Services is celebrating the range of exciting and innovative cultural connection projects that are helping build relationships with local Aboriginal communities and groups. NAIDOC Week 2017 runs from 2 to 9 July and is an opportunity for all Australians to come together to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Royce Bennett, Manager Land Services, said the 2017 theme of NAIDOC Week ‘our languages matter’, ties in closely with the work being undertaken by North Coast Local Land Services to help protect and strengthen Aboriginal cultural heritage.

“We recognise the importance and value of traditional knowledge in the management of natural resources and productive agricultural land,” Royce said.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a strong social, spiritual and cultural connection with their Country.

“Our team works in partnerships with individuals and organisations, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal to deliver services to ensure that Aboriginal culture and values underline natural resource management decisions.”

Local Land Services has produced a special NAIDOC Week edition of its newsletter Local Links, which showcases the array of partnerships and projects being undertaken to support Aboriginal people to care for Country.

“The special 2017 NAIDOC Week edition of Local Links, highlights 12 projects that are delivering services that support Aboriginal people throughout the state,” Royce said.

“The newsletter outlines the work being carried out across NSW to help promote and celebrate the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.”

Download a copy of Local Links.

To celebrate NAIDOC Week locally, North Coast Local Land Services is again sponsoring the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council’s Planting the Seed event being held at Diggers Beach at Coffs Harbour on Thursday 6 July from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

“We are encouraging the community to come along and participate in a bush tucker tour with Uncle Mark Flanders, tree planting activities and a great range of entertainment,” Royce concluded.

Media contact:

Royce Bennett, Manager Land Services, Strategy, Phone 0428 481 907

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Protecting Aboriginal cultural heritage sites and landscapes is an important focus of North Coast Local Land Services programs and partnerships