Urban Forest and NAIDOC Week Celebrations

UFS and NAIDOC Week Cooking Classes

What is NAIDOC Week?

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. Find out more about the origins and history of NAIDOC Week.

Urban Forest and NAIDOC Week

Outcome 2d for the Town's Urban Forest Implementation Action Plan is "work with Whadjuk Noongar traditional owners and Aboriginal people to develop community programs that increase knowledge about the cultural significance of landscapes, flora and fauna."

Every year, the Town's Urban Forest team endeavours to work with local Aboriginal Elders and Indigenous community leaders and educators to create better understanding of land and country, and how together we can work to protect, conserve and grow it for future generations to come. 

2021 NAIDOC Week activities 

In 2021, the Urban Forest team are pleased to invite residents and community members to the following NAIDOC celebrations activities:

Bushtucker cooking class with Dale Tilbrook

*Please note due to COVID restrictions the cooking class on Monday 5 July will be postponed to a later date. We will advise the new date soon.

You're invited to a bush food cooking class with Wardandi Bibbulmun cook, educator and presenter, Dale Tilbrook! 

As part of our NAIDOC Week celebrations and showcasing how trees, shrubs and our land play an important aspect in our lives, Dale will be running two cooking classes on discovering the health benefits of Australian bushfoods. 

Experience new tastes & textures. Sample fruits, nuts, herbs, spices & peppers from trees growing around us. Spaces are limited 32 people per sessions, on Monday 5 July and Wednesday 7 July at Dem Lab, South Metro TAFE, 5.30pm - 7.30pm.

This event will start with coffee and supper on arrival, cooking with Dale and tastings afterwards.

Please book your spots at TryBooking here. 

NAIDOC Theme Community Planting Day 

Please visit our Community Planting Days page for information on participating on our NAIDOC themed planting activity.

Sunday 4 July 2021 (NAIDOC Week) 
Community Planting at Houghton Reserve 
9.30am - 1pm 
Houghton Reserve
Register your spot 
*Note: coinciding with NAIDOC wek, this event will include a Welcome to Country and other Indigenous focused activitie