Yabun 2015

(1.15pm, Victoria Park)

Thank you, Sean and Mayrah. Hello, everyone, it's great to be here.

I'd also like to acknowledge important guests and, on behalf of the City of Sydney, a very big welcome to everyone here - to both the locals and people from across Sydney and NSW to this 13th Yabun Festival - which I'm told means "music to a beat" and which features a terrific line-up of music and dance talent including Stephen Pigram, all the way from Broome, and Jimblah.

And then there's the Corroboree Ground in the Speak Out Tent, to name just a few of the great things happening.

Australia Day is the anniversary of the invasion of your people and your country - a country over which you had been custodians for 60,000 years. I acknowledge what you must be feeling on this day and I'm honoured to be asked to greet you.

Your people suffered a great wrong and we at the City are seeking to make amends in small ways through work with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Panel and our Eora Journey Projects, and we will be unveiling Tony Albert's tribute to the black diggers in Hyde Park for the ANZAC Centenary in April.

It's our recognition of the Black Diggers contribution, and of the continuing contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to Sydney in the 21st century.

I hope we'll see many of you at the unveiling ceremony.

Meanwhile, have a great time here today, and I offer huge thanks to the Gadigal Information Service - home of Koori Radio - and everyone who makes Yabun possible.