NAIDOC Week moved to late 2020

Winning NAIDOC Week 2020 poster by Perth-based artist, Tyrown Waigana.

Winning NAIDOC Week 2020 poster by Perth-based artist, Tyrown Waigana.

NAIDOC Week was scheduled to begin in July, but its national committee has decided to move the event to November 8-15 due to risks associated with COVID-19.

"We have consulted with the Local Aboriginal Land Councils and we agree we can still acknowledge the original dates, but in a COVID-19 friendly manner - online," Bega Valley Shire Mayor Sharon Tapscott said.

"In the lead-up to NAIDOC Week from 8 to 15 November, we will again consult the land councils on suitable activities that reflect and underpin the theme for this year, which is Always Was, Always Will Be."

The National NAIDOC Committee has also announced the winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

Perth-based artist and designer Tyrown Waigana's winning entry, Shape of Land, was considered to best illustrate this year's theme.

Mr Waigana, a proud Noongar and Saibai Islander, has previously been named as one of WA's best new and emerging Indigenous artists.

According to the artist, his winning entry depicts the Rainbow Serpent coming out of the Dreamtime to create this country and how we are strongly connected to it.

Bega's council said the National NAIDOC Committee understood the original July dates for NAIDOC Week may still be acknowledged by some communities and organisations, and strongly encouraged safe COVID-19 practices to continue to protect the most susceptible in our communities.

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