NAIDOC Week is off to a great start | PHOTOS

NAIDOC Week is in full swing on the West Coast after a successful opening to the celebrations on the weekend.

Festivities commenced at Koonibba on Sunday, with a church service followed by a ladies’ football match.

The NAIDOC march along Poynton Street in Ceduna was the focus on Monday morning, before a community barbecue at the Far West Aboriginal Sporting Complex.

Golf on Tuesday morning saw 30 people head to the first tee at the Ceduna course.

NAIDOC committee chairperson Patrick Sharpe said it was a great start to the week.

“We had a good turnout for the march, it was double in size from last year, and then the barbecue was well attended,” he said.

“It has been a really good start to the week and things are going well.”

Mr Sharpe said he hoped the community would get behind the rest of the week.

“We hope the weather holds out and that people support the events throughout the rest of NAIDOC Week.”

Celebrations have been helped with $24,888 in federal government grants being awarded to local NAIDOC organisers.

The grants will support a variety of events, with $1800 going to community women leading story telling with traditional food gathering and preparation with the Oak Valley (Maralinga) Aboriginal Corporation; $15,000 for a week of celebration at Ceduna; and $8088 for the opportunity for Yalata youth to attend the NAIDOC celebrations at Ceduna and Koonibba.

“NAIDOC Week is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – who are strong role models and leaders in their homes, communities and society more broadly,” Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said.

“The Turnbull Government proudly supports NAIDOC Week each year, and I am pleased to announce that a record number of organisations have received funding to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year.”

Mr Ramsey said the grants supported communities across the country to hold their own events, spreading understanding and pride of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – the oldest continuing culture in the world.