Gloucester's NAIDOC family fun day 2019

Aunty Sue Syron and Juanita McCarthy enjoy the celebrations during the fun family day out for NAIDOC at Gloucester's Billabong Park. Photo Hannah Earley
Aunty Sue Syron and Juanita McCarthy enjoy the celebrations during the fun family day out for NAIDOC at Gloucester's Billabong Park. Photo Hannah Earley
Joslyn Kilby decorates a doll at the Barrington Street Preschool stall. Photo Donna Summerville.

Joslyn Kilby decorates a doll at the Barrington Street Preschool stall. Photo Donna Summerville.

Gloucester Police Senior Constable, Scott Chester takes a moment to get his face painted at Gloucester Preschool's stall. Photo Hannah Earley

Gloucester Police Senior Constable, Scott Chester takes a moment to get his face painted at Gloucester Preschool's stall. Photo Hannah Earley

Gloucester's Billabong Park came alive with colour and craft as families gathered to celebrate NAIDOC Day.

Organised by the Gloucester Worimi First Peoples Aboriginal Corporation, the event took place on Sunday, July 14, marking the end of the nationally recognised week which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

According to organiser, Amber Galvin around 200 people came out for the family fun day held between 10am and 2pm, where they enjoyed a range of activities from crafts to a jumping castle.

There were also a few traditional activities on offer like weaving and the chance to try a bit of bush tucker.

Both preschools, Barrington Street and Gloucester had volunteers on hand to run their stalls, with Gloucester offering the very popular face painting option, while Barrington had a range of crafts including rock and bark painting, and doll face painting.

According to Barrington Street's Donna Summerville, the doll painting was a hit.

"The children incorporated Aboriginal art forms into their designs," Donna said. "It was a wonderful day engaging with the community and celebrating NAIDOC Day in our community."

Rounding out the activities were a couple of didgeridoo players keeping the crowds entertained, and Gloucester Indigenous artist, Boe Clarke auctioning off a painting to raise funds for Aboriginal youth suicide prevention.