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Have a ball for National Reconciliation Week

Council is inviting the community to have a ball for National Reconciliation Week on Thursday 1 June.

The 3on3 by the Sea Reconciliation Challenge aims to bring together the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, reconciliation and healthy lifestyles.

Held at the Hanging Rock Basketball Stadium, the day will feature a basketball tournament, rapping and hip-hop lessons, art workshops, a drum beat circle, dance competitions and a health expo, accompanied by a backing track of the latest RnB, hip-hop and Indigenous music.

Council’s community development officer Soozie Gillies said 3on3 was an event for the entire community – Indigenous and non-Indigenous, young and old, girls and boys.

“The event encourages sportsmanship, teaches new skills, builds self-esteem and promotes reconciliation at the grassroots level,” she said.

“It will be a fun, fast-paced day of sport, music and culture.”

National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

This year it is flanked by two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey — the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and the 25th anniversary of the historic Mabo decision.

Ms Gillies said Council was partnering with Katungul Aboriginal Corporation, the Eurobodalla Police Citizens Youth Club, Eurobodalla Koori Employees Network and Campbell Page to host the event.

“In the spirit of reconciliation we hope to see as many teams with Indigenous and non-Indigenous members as possible,” she said.

The 3on3 by the Sea event will include free breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Children in years 3-12 can register teams for the tournament at their school.

The event is alcohol and drug-free and funded by a grant from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

For more information visit Council’s website

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