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Council marks NAIDOC Week with a Celebration of Local Talent

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 12 Nov 2020
Left to right: Reegan Peterson & Kyle Waters
Central Coast Council is marking NAIDOC Week with a series of public art installations throughout Toukley Town Centre.

The artworks will showcase an adaptation of the story of Tiddalick the Frog, written by resident Reegan Peterson who was in primary school when he first heard the story of Tiddalick. Through the guidance of Elders, the story has come to life in a local context.

Kamillori descendent and local emerging First Nations artist, Kyle Waters has created a series of site-specific illustrations that tell the interpretation of the well-known story.

Council Director Connected Communities Julie Vaughan said selected pieces of Kyle's work have been reproduced for NAIDOC Week and will be displayed as murals at Toukley Library and along Main Road, Toukley.

"Council is honoured to celebrate NAIDOC Week with this unique showcase of local talent, which shares an important piece of local First Nations culture," said Mrs Vaughan.

"Kyle is a graduate and past winner of Central Coast Council's arts and culture showcase, Maliga, meaning Shine in Darkinjung language.

"Maliga is a cultural platform for First Nations children and young people to share contemporary and traditional stories through visual, performance and literary arts.

"Council is excited to recognise Kyle and other talented artists who have come through Maliga through projects such as this," added Ms Vaughan.

Council Interim Administrator Mr Dick Persson AM said NAIDOC Week is an important opportunity for the community to come together to recognise and celebrate the history, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

"Supporting young artists such as Kyle is an opportunity for Council to acknowledge our First Nations peoples and celebrate the significant cultural and community contribution they provide across the Central Coast," said Mr Persson.

National NAIDOC Week is taking place from 8-15 November 2020. This year's theme 'Always Was, Always Will Be.' recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

 
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