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Reconciliation celebration in Goonellabah

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Goonellabah is preparing to celebrate Reconciliation this weekend with a free family fun day at Kadina Park tomorrow from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Council’s youth and community development officer Lizette Twisleton said she was looking forward to celebrating this year’s theme ‘Let’s Talk Recognition’ with special guests David Peachey – a former NRL professional Aboriginal football star and now ambassador for community safety and wellbeing – Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Page MP Janelle Saffin.

‘There will also be great entertainment by Bill Smith, Supafresh, Sistagurl, Dhinawan and the Deadly Dancers, as well as a jumping castle, an appearance by Mr Bumsqueak, a gold coin donation BBQ and casual touch footy game lined up,’ Lizette said.

‘This is a fantastic opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate Reconciliation while also building a sense of belonging and connectedness within the Goonellabah community.

‘Reconciliation is all about creating stronger relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community and we can do that through events like this, and by having conversations and sharing experiences that help increase awareness and build understanding and respect.

‘This is the first Reconciliation event to be hosted by Lismore Council as part of the Goonellabah Community Plan, a social-inclusion project that was funded last year through the federal attorney-general’s Safer Suburbs program.

‘It’s guaranteed to be a great day out and we are inviting people from all across the region to join us on Saturday for this important local event.’


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