NAIDOC Week events launched in Heywood
THE FIRST Indigenous flag-raising ceremony “on world heritage-listed country” took place on Monday at Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation, elder Daryl Rose declared proudly.
Regan Malseed, 13, and Mr Rose raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to signal the start of Heywood’s NAIDOC Week activities surrounded by a cross-section of community members at Winda-Mara during the morning.
It was also the chance to celebrate once again Saturday’s declaration that the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape had received World Heritage Listing for its cultural value – the first site in Australia to be recognised by UNESCO on that basis.
The recognition was a means to explain to the wider world the significance of the eel traps and other sites such as stone house remnants on Gunditjmara country in the region.