NSW Aboriginal Land Council State Wide Grants Successful Applications 2021-2022

23 June, 2021

23 June 2021

NSW Aboriginal Land Council State Wide Grants Successful Applications 2021-2022

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is pleased to announce the successful applications for the 2021-2022 Round of the State Wide Grants program.

The NSWALC State Wide Grants program provides grants for organisations and events of statewide Aboriginal participation and significance, that support and promote Aboriginal culture and/or sporting achievement.

The NSWALC Chairperson, Councillor Anne Dennis says a strong focus on culture and sport is a major priority for Aboriginal communities.

“The NSWALC State Wide Grants successful applicants show just how talented and diverse our people are. From golf to surfing, music and rugby union, traditional fire practices and the iconic Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout; our representation in Australia’s sporting and cultural life is highly significant.

I congratulate all the successful applicants for their commitment to events and activities that enhance the wellbeing of Aboriginal people and communities, and bring us together in positive ways,” she said.

NSWALC State Wide Grants Successful Applications for 2021-2022 by date order are:

2021 Cooee Festival

Will be held on 3 July 2021 at Mount Druitt, in the Sydney/Newcastle Region.

The Cooee Festival is now in its third year and activities include a smoking ceremony, Corroboree, Elders’ tent, dancers, live music, and children’s entertainment.

2021 Naru Surf Gathering

Will be held on 3 – 4 July 2021 at Coffs Harbour, in the Mid North Coast Region.

The Naru Surf Gathering is a family-oriented event that promotes surfing as a healthy outdoor lifestyle, and the ocean as a significant part of Aboriginal culture. The event also hosts a learn-to-surf day program.

2021 NAIDOC Week School Initiatives

Will be held at various locations across NSW on 4-11 July 2021.

The NAIDOC Week School Initiatives promotes Aboriginal culture and cultural diversity. It involves colouring-in, short story, creative writing and essay writing competitions across NSW primary and secondary schools. 

AbSec NAIDOC 2021 Family Fun Day

Will be held 6 July 2021 at Marrickville, in the Sydney-Newcastle Region.

The event showcases Aboriginal cultural activities including traditional dance, artefacts, weaving, music, and art. Aboriginal families also have the opportunity to meet and engage with Aboriginal players from various sporting clubs.

NAIDOC in the City

Will be held on 10 July 2021 at Hyde Park Sydney, in the Sydney/Newcastle Region.

NAIDOC in the City celebrates Healing Country by creating performance, art and musical areas for community to participate in activities to reimagine and reawaken places and spaces. The event also includes local arts and crafts market stalls, and Aboriginal singers and dance troupes.

2021 Djaadjawan Dancers Women’s Healing Camp

Will be held on 17-19 September 2021 at Mystery Bay, in the South Coast Region.

The Djaadjawan Dancers Women’s Healing Camp targets marginalised Aboriginal women and girls. It promotes and showcases traditional and cultural knowledge, practices, and exchange between women from various communities and Nations.

2021 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout

The largest gathering of Aboriginal people in NSW will be held on 30 September – 4 October 2021 at Bomaderry, in the South Coast region.

The NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout celebrates its 50th anniversary and will be hosted by the South Coast Black Cockatoos. The event features 64 Men’s, 24 Women’s and Youth teams. It also includes Welcome to Country, cultural dance, entertainment by local artists, healthy-eating food vendors and various community, art, and business stalls.

2021 NSW Aboriginal Cultural, Heritage, Arts Association Conference

Will be held 7-10 October 2021 at Eden, in the South Coast Region.

The NSW Aboriginal Cultural, Heritage, Arts Association Conference supports ACHAA members to develop and maintain resilient and sustainable culture, knowledge and language centres, keeping places, museums and galleries. The conference coincides with the Giiyong Festival.

2022 Lloyd McDermott Rugby Ella 7’s

Will be held 4-5 March 2022 at either Dubbo, Forster/Tuncurry, Granville or the Central Coast, in the Sydney/Newcastle Region.

The Ella 7’s tournament is the peak Indigenous Rugby Union 7s tournament in Australia, operating since 2008. It is recognised by the NSW Rugby Union and Australian Rugby Union as a major Aboriginal 7’s event.

2022 Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival

Will be held 8-10 April 2022 at Brewarrina, in the North West Region.

Baiame’s Ngunnhu Festival at Weir Park is a community cultural development project operating since 2015 on the banks of the Barwon River. It incorporates opening and closing ceremonies, a music concert, fish feast, and a multi-art site specific community performance.

2022 Elders Olympics

Will be held 28 April 2022 at Karuah in the Mid North Coast Region.

It is an important and popular sporting event for Aboriginal Elders across NSW, offering a positive sporting, social and cultural experience.

2022 Northern NSW Women’s Rugby League Knockout

Will be held 11-12 June 2022 at Yamba in the North Coast Region.

The Northern NSW Women’s Rugby League Knockout includes a formal Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony, and cultural dance. Each team includes a minimum of 75% Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander players. All Aboriginal kit and gear designed for the KO will represent local Aboriginal community colours.

Events postponed due to COVID-19

NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship

Will now be held in November 2021 at St Mary’s in the Sydney/Newcastle Region.

The NSW Aboriginal Golf Championship is a top-class competition that has been running since 1979. It is open to Male and Female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander amateur golfers with a current Australian Handicap.

Tamworth Aboriginal Cultural Showcase

Will now be held in late January 2022 at Tamworth in the Northern Region.

The Tamworth Aboriginal Cultural Showcase is a community event which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander musicians, performers and practitioners an opportunity to showcase their talent. It coincides with the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.

National Indigenous Fire Workshop

Will now be held in 2022 at a date and place to be confirmed.

The National Indigenous Fire Workshop has been held annually since 2008 and is held on-Country around Australia, to strengthen culture and promote the importance of Indigenous fire practices and cultural burning in looking after the environment and our communities.

About the NSW Aboriginal Land Council State Wide Grants

Successful grants support and promote support and promote Aboriginal culture and/or sporting achievement.

Grants are open to all applications that meet the eligibility criteria, with a two-month application period in March-April each year.

The application form is available on the NSWALC website https://alc.org.au/educational-scholarship/ when the grant period is open.

The Policy and Procedures are available at: https://alc.org.au/publications/2019-2020-state-wide-grants-policy-and-procedures/


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Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.