Following its reschedule in July due to wet weather, Penrith City Council will host a fun and inclusive NAIDOC Week event on Friday, 7 October, between 10am and 4pm at Jamison Park.
Date: Friday 7 October
Time: 10am – 4pm (10am – 11am Quiet Hour)
Location: Jamison Park Netball Complex, York Rd, Penrith NSW 2750.
GETTING TO NAIDOC (TRANSPORT OPTIONS)
There is free parking along internal roads and car parks of Jamison Park. Street parking is available in local streets.
Additional accessible parking spots will be available at Jamison Park. Enter from Batt Street and place your parking permit on the dashboard to gain entry. Should spaces be full, a drop off zone is also available in this car park.
BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
The nearest train station is Penrith Station. Several bus routes can bring you to Station Street. From there it is a 15-minute walk to the netball courts.
For more information and to plan your trip, please use Trip Planner.
BY COMMUNITY BUS
Need a lift? Council has partnered with Active Care Network to give you a ride to NAIDOC 2022.
Pick up point: Penrith Train Station, Park and Ride, Lord Sheffield Crescent (Quest side). Look for the bus that says Active Care Network and has a NAIDOC sign in the front window. The driver’s name is Ian.
Drop off point: Jamison Park, near the Netball Club House.
There are 19 seats on the bus. A hoist is available for wheelchair users. To avoid disappointment, request your seat online
. Active Care Network will be in touch to confirm your booking time.
If you have any questions, please contact Active Care Network’s Transport Operations Team on 4722 3083 then press 2.
Please note: Active Care Network are not able to transport children under 7. All passengers are required to wear a seatbelt and a mask.
AMENITIES AT NAIDOC
The event is mostly on the concrete netball courts, with track matting across grass areas.
There will be men’s, women’s, gender non-specific, and disabled toilets.
Please bring a water bottle to refill stations.
Other amenities include a calm space and a breastfeeding tent.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AT NAIDOC
In Penrith we have a diverse community. We aim to ensure everyone feels welcome to participate. If you (or someone you are bringing) might need additional support to attend or experience NAIDOC, please contact Natalie Wadwell via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or text 0428 514 493 on the day of the event.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT NAIDOC 2022
Celebrate NAIDOC at Jamison Park. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Events happen all over Australia during NAIDOC week. Events celebrate Aboriginal heritage, culture, and contemporary life.
Council’s July event was cancelled due to wet weather. We’re holding an event in October.
There will be other people and lots of activities at the Penrith event.
Start at the yellow fete stall as you enter the netball courts. Here you will meet friendly Penrith Council staff. They can help you:
• Find your way around the event site
• Locate particular stall holders and activities
• Let you know when there will be performances on the stage
• Answer any questions.
YOU CAN WATCH LOCAL PERFORMERS ON THE STAGE.
From 10am to 11am, the stage and speaker system will not be used, and event noises will be reduced where possible to provide a Quiet Hour. After this, there will be a Welcome to Country. This is an official ceremony to acknowledge Aboriginal People as the Traditional Owners of the land and welcome others.
Welcome to Country will be performed by Jannawai Dance Clan. They are from Darug Booreberongal Country. They will perform traditional and contemporary dances.
There will be a smoking ceremony. This is an official practice. A local elder will create smoke with native plants. The herbal smoke cleanses attendees and wards off bad spirits.
The Mayor of Penrith will provide a short speech and welcome guests.
There will be music performances by local Indigenous singers Cassidy Joan and Divinia Jean.
At 3pm, there will be a closing ceremony. It will be led by a local Aboriginal organisation, Muru Mittigar. There will be a smoking ceremony and speech by local Aboriginal knowledge holders.
YOU CAN DO ACTIVITIES.
Local Aboriginal businesses and community organisations have stalls. You can:
• Aboriginal Elders can use the drop in tent with shaded seating
• Create a painting with Dalmarri
• Learn about native plants with Muru Mittigar and Penrith Council
• Take a photo in the photobooth with Kimberwalli
• Do an art workshop with Street University
• Do fun activities at the NCNS Cultural Tent.
Meet local Penrith Council staff. You can:
• Sit in pop-up library space
• Play at the Childrens Services Play Van
• Take a plan home from the pop-up nursery
• Create a self-portrait at the ‘Me and Country’ space.
YOU CAN MEET OUR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES.
• Sit in a police van and patrol car with the local Police
• Get up close to a fire engine with local Firefighters
• Talk with local health professionals at the Health Tent. They’ll answer your general health questions, provide flu vaccinations, and hand cleaning tips.
THERE WILL BE FOOD AND DRINK
There will be a free café with coffee, hot chocolate and tea.
There will be a free sausage sizzle.
There will be food trucks. You can buy pizza, ice cream and pancakes.