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Community Bands Together and Takes to the Street for Reconciliation Week

Aboriginal Elders and young leaders joined community members in Tamworth this morning for the annual Long Walk with Elders to pay tribute to National Reconciliation Week.

Each year from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June the country celebrates National Reconciliation Week.

It's a time for all Australians to come together to learn about shared histories, cultures and achievements while exploring ways to move forward as a unified nation.

In celebration, small ceremony took place at Ray Walsh House before the walk commenced which included a smoking ceremony and the united raising of flags.

Hundreds of community members then joined Elders, councillors and special guests, taking part in a walk up Peel Street.

Celebrations wrapped up with live entertainment and the sharing of plenty of stories from young and old.

Deputy Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council Phil Betts says the Long Walk is always a significant occasion for the Tamworth Community.

“Its extremely important to council because what it does is it brings the entire community together and gives opportunity for everyone to grow together.” Betts said.

“Tamworth is so much a multicultural society and to be able to recognise the first people is truly significant.”

The dates for National Reconciliation remain the same each year (27th of May to the 3rd of June) as the dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.


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