NAIDOC concert brings community spirit

Over 1000 people turned out from across the City of Karratha to see national headliners Dan Sultan, Troy Cassar-Daley and Thelma Plum perform at Sunday’s NAIDOC Community Concert.

Local act Boonderu Music Academy and a traditional dance performance coordinated by Patrick Churnside also added to the line-up with markets and food stalls providing plenty of afternoon entertainment.

City of Karratha Deputy Mayor John Lally said the event saw the community come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week with exceptional music and dance.

“The NAIDOC Community Concert was a fantastic event to be involved with, bringing people from across the city together to celebrate the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Cr Lally said.

“The theme for NAIDOC Week 2016 was Songlines, the living narrative of our nation, and this concert was the embodiment of that with incredible music and performances from some of the nation’s most talented Indigenous artists,” he said.

Rio Tinto General Manager Ports Cape Lambert Jamie Robinson said NAIDOC was an important way to recognise the contributions of Indigenous people to the community and celebrate their culture.

“We have a long-standing positive relationship with the Pilbara Aboriginal people and celebrating their culture is an important part of that relationship,” Mr Robinson said.

“This year’s local NAIDOC event was a great afternoon out for all the family and a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to enjoy the amazing traditional music, food and entertainment.”

Woodside Asset Manager, Karratha Gas Plant, Steve Trench, said he was proud to participate in the City of Karratha’s annual NAIDOC Week celebrations.

“The Community Concert was a great afternoon out with an impressive bill of Indigenous performers put together by the City of Karratha,” Mr Trench said.

“It was great to see and enjoy a mix of well-known performers such as Troy Cassar-Daley as well as up-and-coming talent like Thelma Plum," he said.

“The other great thing about the concert is that it was all about Indigenous and non-Indigenous people coming together in the spirit of reconciliation.”

The NAIDOC Community Concert was held on Sunday 10 July from 12pm to 5pm at the Roebourne High School Oval.

This NAIDOC celebration event was proudly presented by the City of Karratha with support from Rio Tinto, North West Shelf Project and Pilbara Ports Authority.