‘Because of Her, We Can’ is the theme for NAIDOC Week this year, celebrating the invaluable contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
The theme resonated with proud local Aboriginal man and world-renowned didgeridoo performer Richie Lawton, who shared his love for indigenous culture with local children at a cultural sharing celebration hosted by Upper Hunter Shire Council on Wednesday.
Mr Lawton spoke of the inspirational Aboriginal women in his life, in particular, his mother.
“I come from a family of ten,” he said.
“My dad died at an early age and our mum took over the reins.
“It was a great journey, my mum was very inspirational and she did a lot of work in the community and schools.
“She was a very strong woman that believed in education and taught respect.
“Your mum is always there to be looked up to as a very special woman.”
The celebration also included an address from Upper Hunter Shire Council Mayor Wayne Bedggood and manager community services Kerri Cone, a morning tea, craft and story-telling.
Stories of inspirational Aboriginal women’s achievements were also displayed on the walls of the Scone council chambers for the community to view.