Yabun 2013

(4pm, Saturday 26 January 2013, Victoria Park)

Hello everyone - I hope you are having a great Yabun!

Thank you for inviting me to participate again, and this morning I was honoured to attend the inaugural breakfast to commemorate the 75th Day of Mourning.

I'd like firstly to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of our land, and to pay my respects to the Elders. I also acknowledge the people of 200 nations who live in our City.

I know how hard it must be for you that we celebrate our National Day on 26th January. I take some comfort in words "It's what you do in the present that will redeem the past and thereby change the future".

Yabun 2013 gives us the opportunity to celebrate three important milestones: the 20th anniversary of the Gadigal Information Service; 10 years of Koori Radio's "Young Black and Deadly" project, and the 75th anniversary of the National Aborigines' Progressive Association.

The success of those organisations and projects can be seen here today, whether in the terrific performers who emerged from "Young Black and Deadly" or in the Yabun Arts Embassy. Above all, it's visible in the confidence and pride you take in your culture and heritage.

Everything on display here today - the art, the music, the discussion and talks - shows that Aboriginal culture continues to flourish in the heart of Australia's global city.

The City of Sydney is proud to acknowledge yourcontribution to the life of our city, and to join with you in this celebration. The City of Sydney supports its first Australians. We are proud that you hold Yabun here in our park and we are proud of all that is being achieved in the Redfern Community Centre and proud to work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Panel. And we are excited about our Eora Journey projects.

So congratulations and a big thank you to the Gadigal Information Service and Koori Radio and to all the committee members who make this wonderful event possible.

Have a great afternoon, everyone!