NAIDOC pays tribute to service personnel

INDIGENOUS service personnel will be honoured as part of this year’s NAIDOC festivities in Gloucester.

Uncle Willy Paulson with Gloucester High principal Pat Cavanagh, teachers, students and parents at last week’s NAIDOC assembly at the school.

Uncle Willy Paulson with Gloucester High principal Pat Cavanagh, teachers, students and parents at last week’s NAIDOC assembly at the school.

A NAIDOC ceremony will be held at Billabong Park this Sunday with returned service personnel to be recognised for their efforts in defending our country.

The Gloucester NAIDOC family day starts at 10am with a smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country.

Flags will be flown at half mast while the Last Post and Reveille are played as a tribute to returned service personnel.

Local children will release balloons to symbolise those that have fallen while a piper plays Amazing Grace.

Sunday’s family day activities will include a demonstration by NSW Fire and Rescue and a display by NSW Ambulance and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

There will be a jumping castle, face painting and boomerang and spear throwing activities.

Local band Red Tape will perform and local school children will participate in a traditional dance.

The police bus will be on hand along with Aboriginal Health, Aboriginal Justice and community transport stalls.

Gloucester CWA will sell scones, soup and damper while a sausage sizzle will run throughout the day with some bush tucker including barramundi and kangaroo to sample. 

The event is drug and alcohol free and a gold coin donation is requested.

In the event of inclement weather the day will be moved to the Gloucester Rec Centre.

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