CDC NSW Celebrates NAIDOC Week with Vibrant Events Across NSW Depots

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CDC NSW began NAIDOC Week with celebratory events across its depots in Sydney and the Hunter Valley. The festivities drew over 300 attendees, including staff and special guests, highlighting the company’s commitment to recognising and honouring the Indigenous Australian culture.

In the Hunter Valley, local staff and community members were treated to captivating artistic performances by Yangykay. Uncle Ray delivered a heartfelt Welcome to the Country with Aunty Cheryl also in attendance. The event featured a specially prepared lunch by the local hosts in Thornton depot.

The Sydney celebration saw participation from various organisations, including Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation, Baabayn Mums and Bubs Group, Blacktown Council, Transport for NSW, and Link Up NSW. The event showcased the CDC NSW Yaama Bus, a symbol of the company’s dedication to Indigenous recognition.
The Baabayn Aboriginal Dance Group enthralled attendees with several traditional dance performances that a live didgeridoo player accompanied.

Interactive cultural experiences were a highlight of the Sydney event. Staff and guests had the opportunity to taste traditional foods, participate in cooking demonstrations, and create artwork using traditional Aboriginal techniques.

Aunty Elaine from Baabayn provided a moving Acknowledgement to Country, setting a respectful tone for the celebrations.

“These NAIDOC Week events reflect CDC NSW’s ongoing commitment to fostering cultural understanding and celebrating the rich heritage of our First Nations peoples,”

Paul Bates, First Nation Liaison Officer at CDC NSW.

“We’re proud to provide a platform for Indigenous voices and to share these important cultural experiences with our staff and the broader community.”

These events reinforce CDC NSW’s dedication to promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness within the organisation, local stakeholders, authorities and the communities it serves.