Yabun 2012

(3.45pm, 26 January 2012, Victoria Park)

Thank you, Mary Gee, MC, and hello, everyone! I would like firstly to acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to the Elders.

Congratulatations on the 10th anniversary of Yabun which continues to present the very best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

It affirms the role you play in the life of our country - and of our City.

We at the City of Sydney are proud to acknowledge that role, and we hope soon to have an Eora journey marked through the City to Redfern to honour the past and present contributions of Aboriginal people to the global city.

I hope you all enjoy today - the great artists and performers, the talks, the crafts and the kids' and sports' zones.

Huge thanks to the Gadigal Information Service - home of Koori Radio - and all those who work on this terrific event. Have a great day, everyone!