Apology Day 2016

Significance of the Apology

13 February 2008 was a historic and a significant day for all Australians. It was a day when the Motion of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples was introduced by the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and unanimously passed by the House of Representatives in Parliament.

For further information and to view the Motion of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples visit the website below:

http://www.nsdc.org.au/events-info/the-apology-to-australias-indigenous-peoples

Unveiling of the Marrambidya Wetland Healing Place

To celebrate Apology Day in 2016, Wagga Wagga City Council received funding from the Healing Foundation to create a Healing Place in partnership with the local Aboriginal community. The Marrambidya Wetlands Healing Place can be found on Narrung Street and features culturally significant plants, redgum seating and a totem pole kindly donated by local Elders and TAFE NSW Riverina Institute .

Over 80 people attended the official unveiling of the Marrambidya Wetland Healing Place held on February 12, 2016. The event featured a traditional smoking ceremony, Welcome to Country, cultural performances and speeches by Deputy Mayor Dallas Tout and local Aboriginal man Joe Williams.

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Above: Clontarf Academy participants and Wagga Wagga City Council staff working on the Marrambidya Wetlands Healing Place on the Community planting Day, February 9 2016.