Legendary Australian actor and television presenter Ernie Dingo will be a special guest at this year’s City of Gosnells NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Mr Dingo will be MC for the free Flag Raising Ceremony and Community Event, from 11am – 2pm on Monday 3 July, at the new location of Mills Park Centre, Beckenham.

This opening event will include cultural performances, a community lunch and the NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition, featuring works by local Aboriginal artists. Bookings are essential.

Also on Monday 3 July, Don Russell Performing Arts Centre will present A Yarn with Ernie Dingo from 7pm to 8pm, with doors opening at 6.15pm and tickets from $13.50.

During this exclusive event, Mr Dingo will share tales of his life and work, and audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Bookings can be made via the City’s website or by calling the DRPAC Box Office on 9498 9414.

Mayor Terresa Lynes said NAIDOC Week provided an opportunity to celebrate and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture each year, and the City’s program of events was always popular with the local community.

“This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘For our Elders’, in acknowledgement of the important part that Elders play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and in the wider community,” Mayor Lynes said.

“The City’s NAIDOC Week events increase community understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and traditions, and I encourage local Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to join us at one or more of the activities.”

The NAIDOC Week Art Exhibition at Mills Park Library and foyer will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm weekends, from Saturday 1 July to Friday 14 July.

Other planned events include a NAIDOC Bush Tucker Walk at Mary Carroll Park, in Gosnells, from 9am to 11am on Tuesday 4 July, a Traditional Aboriginal Art Workshop at Mills Park from 9am to 11am on Friday 7 July and Special Story Time Sessions featuring books by Indigenous authors at each of the City’s four libraries.

The City is also supporting the Langford Aboriginal Association’s NAIDOC Lunch, from 11am to 2pm on Sunday 9 July, at the LAA premises, 15 Imber Turn, Langford.

Bookings are essential for all events and activities, apart from the art exhibition and special story time sessions.

For more information or to register to attend the City’s events, click here or call 9397 3000. Bookings for the LAA Community Lunch can be made by calling 9451 1424.