NAIDOC Week 2016
NAIDOC Week was held 3 - 10 July 2016. Along with our local communities, Joblink Plus celebrated this years' Songlines theme with Indigenous stories, art and food. Our full time sites received an Acknowledgement of Country plaque to be displayed in a prominent location. Each site also received a large poster map of Australia’s Indigenous nations and languages.
Nyngan office proudly displaying their Acknowledgement of Country plaque and 2016 NAIDOC Week inspired artwork.
Many sites held morning teas or had collaborative artworks available all week. Muswellbrook provided a morning tea and invited some Indigenous job seekers in to complete some painting. This is Mark, pictured on the left with the work in progress!
In our Tamworth office where our corporate services are also located, local elder Uncle Len Waters welcomed us to the traditional land of the Gomeroi / Gamilaraay people and performed a traditional smoking ceremony throughout the building. Uncle Len shared stories from the land and the songlines which connect us all through spirit. Accompanying Len was world renowned didgeridoo player Mark Atkins.
Led by our resident artist and Indigenous Community and Cultural Liaison Manager Jodie Herden, members of the community and Joblink Plus staff contributed to a canvas depicting the 2016 NAIDOC theme of Songlines. The art conveys the link between the people of all ages in our community and the connection we have with the Indigenous people and the land. There was also some traditional damper and stew provided by local elder Uncle Ronny Knight for everyone to enjoy.
NAIDOC March and Family Fun Day - Tamworth
Joblink Plus Tamworth staff joined in with community members on a march for unity through Tamworth CBD for NAIDOC week. Afterwards, a family fun day was held at the Tamworth Sports Dome where local Indigenous people and the community could engage with traditional dancing and music to celebrate Indigenous culture. The family fun day also provided people with the opportunity to connect with local community services providers and what is on offer regarding employment, health and social well-being.
Tamworth's Inaugural NAIDOC Week Awards 2016
Tamworth's Inaugural NAIDOC Week Awards recognised the contribution that Indigenous people have made to their community and their personal achievements. The awards night covered a range of community based awards and recognition, academic achievement, sporting achievement, artistic achievement, and also recognised elders and youth contributions to community. The awards night was a great success and is very promising for the future with a young ambitious committee.
We would like to congratulate our own Jodie Herden for winning artist of the year and thank her for all of her hard work in the community and organising multiple NAIDOC Week events for Joblink Plus. Thank you Jodie!
Our whole organisation took part in an Employer Engagement Day on Wednesday July 6 as part of NAIDOC Week.
We connected with local businesses to talk about the value of employing Indigenous people and celebrating diverse workplaces.
Just over 500 jobs were taken on the day!