Personnel from RAAF Base Williamtown were proud to join with members of the Worimi community and members of the wider Indigenous regional community at a special NAIDOC Week March through Raymond Terrace on Monday 9 July 2018.
Participation in NAIDOC Week activities highlights the Bases’ commitment to maintaining strong connections with local Indigenous communities.
Senior Australian Defence Force Officer - RAAF Base Williamtown, Group Captain Peter Cluff said it is an important relationship that has been fostered over time.
“We are proud of the close and enduring connection we have with the Elders and members of the Worimi community. It is a relationship that has been nurtured and maintained over many years - through our Cultural Awareness Program and through the Bases’ ongoing consultative approach with community Elders.
“The Bases’ participation in NAIDOC Week activities also provides the important opportunity for RAAF Base Williamtown to acknowledge the important contribution the Worimi People make to our Base community. It is an honour and a privilege to have such a strong relationship with them and we sincerely value their history, culture, insights and knowledge as part of our Base family.”
In keeping with the NAIDOC theme: ‘Because of her we can’, Group Captain Cluff went onto say that the contribution, particularly of women, within the Indigenous community and the wider community is vital:
“This year’s theme celebrates the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant contributors within our community and our nation. It is a theme that resonates within our Base community as there is no doubt our Air Force Serving women and the women that support our Serving members make a significant, daily contribution to capability. This also extends to the women in our local Indigenous community who support us and Serve in our wider community.
“The presence, participation and strong representation of women within our organisation and our community are the reason we are able to do the important work we do - and to them we owe much.
“An inclusive culture, welcoming collaboration of gender and cultural diversity, means we are more effective as an organisation and as a nation.”
In addition to the march activity, RAAF Base Williamtown will also host Worimi community members at a special NAIDOC Week celebration which will include Indigenous arts and craft displays and dance activities - as well as the opportunity for personnel and community members to come together and share in traditional food of the Worimi People.