Celebrating NAIDOC at Meerilinga Beechboro

On Tuesday 27 June 2023 Meerilinga Beechboro held their annual NAIDOC Week celebration. With over 300 children, staff, students, community members, dignitaries, and family members in attendance the day was a huge success! National NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures, histories, achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and participate in the celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. This National NAIDOC Week Activity was funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency, City of Swan, Dave Kelly MP, Beechboro Woolworths and Meerilinga. We would like to thank you all for your generous contribution to assisting us in hosting this event.

We would also like to thank our dignitaries who could make this special occasion, The Honorable Dr Anne Aly MP. Mayor Dave Lucas and Councilors from the City of Swan and Meerilinga’s CEO Lesley Moreschi.

We appreciate your continued support. The day was made even more special with Mr. William Ponton Acknowledging Country and giving us a Smoking Ceremony, a performance by the choir from West Beechboro Primary School – Independent Public School. and Kwarbah Djookian performing traditional dance for everyone to experience and enjoy.

HUGE thank you to our various community stallholders who contributed their time and resources to helping us create an interactive experience for community with information and activities available for all ages!

  • St John Ambulance
  • St John of God Midland Public & Private Hospitals
  • Royal Life Saving Society WA
  • Wungening Aboriginal Corporation
  • Moorditj Koort
  • Women’s Legal Service WA
  • Midlas
  • Keystart
  • HelpingMinds
  • Midland Women’s Health Care Place
  • Befriend in Swan
  • Brockman Community House
  • Wanslea
  • Cahoots
  • Midvale Hub Parenting Service Perth North East
  • FISH – Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health
  • Carers WA

This year’s NAIDOC theme “For our Elders” to us at Meerilinga is an honour and privilege to acknowledge, pay respect, show gratitude, and give thanks to the Elders that advise us not only on our RAP journey but teaching us about First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, traditions, totems, sharing yarns, giving us guidance, and approving the RAP actions being continuously embedded in our organisation.