West Coast communities come together to celebrate NAIDOC Week

A week of celebrating as a community concluded on Saturday as NAIDOC Week drew to a close in Ceduna.

The Electric Fields concert at the Ceduna Memorial Hall was the last in a packed schedule of events to take place.

The concert may have brought the curtain down, but organisers were thrilled at the response NAIDOC Week received.

"It was a great week, full of fun and coming together and sharing," NAIDOC Week committee chairperson Leeroy Bilney said.

"One theme of feedback I received from a number of people was that whilst there were different things happening this year, like hosting the NAIDOC ball first, it was different in a good way and allowed them to see the possibilities of what NAIDOC Week can do for the community and how it highlights different aspects.

"Ending with Electric Fields took it to another level."

After events earlier in the week such as the NAIDOC march and family fun day, two generations took centre stage on Wednesday with the Elders brunch and celebrating youth event.

A 'Lino and language workshop' started Thursday before discos at the Memorial Hall, with a golf day and the youth ball on Friday and a language event on Saturday before the headlining concert.

Mr Bilney thanked everybody who helped make the events a reality.

"I was grateful for a whole supportive committee and I would encourage others to get involved with the committee and to not be afraid to try new things," he said.

"The week helped the community, it reinvigorated it, and there was another level of energy.

"It renewed my hope for the future of the community and how we can come together and celebrate as one."

He said seeing people from throughout the community support events was "deadly".

Mr Bilney said this year's celebrations could be used as a blueprint moving forward.

"We saw with Electric Fields that, while the community loves its favourites like the NAIDOC ball and family fun day, now they see what's possible with other acts and I think going forward that's what the community can look forward to, and still enjoy their favourite events."

Streaky Bay also enjoyed the week, with a community day hosted at the Streaky Bay RSL Hall last Tuesday which included weaving, sand art and painting, and a chance to learn more about Aboriginal culture.