CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of CCSA
WELCOME TO COUNTRY
The day began with a Welcome to Country from Aunty Sharyn Hall, followed by storytelling and dancing by the Williams Family.
Thank you to Aunty Sharyn and the Williams Family – we were privileged to have you celebrate with us.
ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES: NAT HEATH
Nat Heath talked to us about the importance of Aboriginal Language and how important it is in keeping communities flourishing.
ABORIGINAL ART: LEANNE TOBIN
Leanne Tobin is a Darug woman from Sydney region who uses mixed media to nurture respect for the stories of country and of her people, past and present.
We were honored to share Leanne’s stories of her family as depicted through her art, and were excited to have the opportunity to create our own artwork representing the story of Katoomba’s seven sisters and celebrating 50 years of CCSA.
GUIDED WALK AT THE GULLY: DAVID KING
After lunch, we travelled in groups to The Gully for a guided tour with David King. The Gully is a dedicated Aboriginal Place under NSW law in recognition of the continuous occupation of the area by Aboriginal people until they were forcibly evicted in 1957.
David told us stories of this sacred place, and spoke of the extensive work that has gone into rehabilitating the bushland in the area, and making this an important place for learning about local Aboriginal history.
The evening celebrations at The Carrington Hotel finished up the day’s celebration. We thank you all for your support and we look forward another 50 years of CCSA.
Banners and examples of publications, old board meeting minutes and newspaper clippings were on display. These provided a plotted history of the growth of CCSA, and demonstrated how we have adapted to meet social and economic changes in Australia over the past 50 years.