There was a strong show of unity during Quairading¡¯s second NAIDOC Day 2008 ¡®Walk in Unity¡¯.

The walk was held on August 11 to launch NAIDOC Week at Quairading District High School.

Quairading¡¯s Aboriginal elder, Basil Winmar, welcomed members of the community and students from the high school who assembled at the war memorial in the main street. The Aboriginal flag was raised there for the first time ever with the help of the Quairading RSL.

Quairading community development officer, Apryl Longford said the ceremony was a memorable experience. ¡°Gene Stone from the RSL together with high school head boy, Dean Masden, raised the Australian flag while Aboriginal elder, Terry Miller, joined with head girl, Roslyn Hayden, to raise the Aboriginal flag.¡°This was followed by wreath laying by Aboriginal elders and the RSL at the memorial as a mark of respect to members of the Aboriginal community who died at war,¡± she said.

Roslyn and Dean then lead the walk down the street to the town hall for an Aboriginal welcome. Next came the presentation of the community NAIDOC Awards which occurs every second year. The awards were presented to community members who are committed to the wellbeing of their community and are role models for the younger generation, Apryl said.

The 2008 award winners were: Elder Award, Terry Miller; NAIDOC Award, Nancy Henry; Youth Award, Marika Winmar and Student Award, Ricky Henry.
During the ceremony the excellent work of the year 8¡¯s and 9¡¯s in the photography course, ¡®Voices of the Wheatbelt¡¯, held at the high school was acknowledged.

The event was sponsored by the Community Arts Network WA, Shire of Quairading and the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Service.

Lindsay McNeill


TOP: Pictured (L-R) Shelly Winmar, Etti Winmar, Marilyn Reidy, Dean Masden (with Australian flag) and Roslyn Hayden (with Aboriginal flag) walk with the school and community down the main street.

BELOW: The Aboriginal Flag was flown for the very first time in Quairading alongside the Australian flag in the main street for the NAIDOC Unity Walk. Pictured (L-R) Kevin Hudson (RSL), Tom Richards RSL, Basil Winmar (Aboriginal Elder), William Reidy (MC for the Event), Jarvis Campbell (RSL), Frank Walsh (CAN WA), Marilyn Reidy (Aboriginal Elder), Terry Miller (Aboriginal Elder) and Gene Stone (Aboriginal Elder).