This event celebrates Aboriginal communities’ stories, histories, traditional knowledge and associations with the Cooks River.
- Learn about a new and comprehensive Aboriginal history of the Cooks River
- Visit the oral history exhibition featuring local contemporary Aboriginal people along the river
- Explore the traditional life of the Cooks River in 1770 via virtual simulation
- Plus musical performances, bush tucker food, and a walking tour
This is a free community event however bookings are essential.
Who should come?
- We welcome Aboriginal Elders and local communities from along the river
- Local Council staff and others who have an interest in the river and cultural heritage
- Teachers and other educators from across the catchment
- Interested members of the community are welcome
Please contact us on 02 9748 9644 if you have any access requirements.
On the Day:
- Registration and morning tea (outside the main hall)
- Welcome to Country – Ann Weldon
- Welcome to the day – Cooks River Alliance
- Smoking Ceremony – Aunty Jenny Thomsen
- The Jannawi Dance Clan
- The Aboriginal History of the Cooks River – Dr Paul Irish
- Traditional life on the Cooks River in 1770, a virtual simulation – Brett Leavy
- Addison Road walking tour*, oral histories exhibition and the Cooks River 1770 virtual simulation
- Lunch is provided
- Addison Road walking tour*
- River Song – Nardi Simpson
- Incorporating traditional knowledge with western water management – Bradley Moggridge
- A panel discussion on the future of the Cooks River – facilitated by Lola Forester
- A summary of the day – what we said and what was heard – Nardi Simpson
- Afternoon tea in the gallery
*Join the team from the Addison Road Community Centre for a walking tour to learn more about this significant cultural hub. You’ll follow the old freshwater creek line that once connected to the Cooks River and discover how the natural elements of the landscape and key moments in history have shaped the site over time.
We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Cooks River catchment, together with other Aboriginal people who have made it their home.
Please note there will be a photographer present at the event to capture images and video from the day. If you do not want to be photographed or filmed please inform the organisers when you arrive.
How to get there:
The 428 bus stops outside the centre and it is within walking distance from stations on the Inner West and Bankstown train lines (Stanmore & Marrickville are closest). Please use Transport Info for timetables.
Parking and bike racks are availabe on site.
Registration will be outside the main hall from 9:00am.
This project is supported by the Cooks River Alliance and the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council, through funding from the Australian Government.