Yabun Festival

(Victoria Park)

I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land, and I pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.

This is the 9th Yabun Festival, and it's now become the biggest one-day Indigenous festival in Australia. It is a tremendous reflection of the richness, diversity and vitality of Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures, and the City of Sydney is proud to acknowledge their important contribution to the life of our city.

The activities, exhibitions and discussions held here today, and the fantastic range of artists who have performed here show that indigenous culture hasn't just survived, but it continues to flourish in the heart of Australia's global city.

And that is really something to celebrate, for indigenous and non-indigenous Australians alike!

I thank the Gadigal Information Service - home of Koori Radio - and the committee members who organise this wonderful event. And I wish you all a great afternoon.