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We're proud to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021!

The theme for 2021 is 'Heal Country!' It calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It's a great opportunity everyone including North East Water staff, customers and stakeholders to participate in activities to support the local Aboriginal community.

This year we will be celebrating NAIDOC Week by projecting the artwork of several local Aboriginal artists onto the front of our head office in Wodonga from 5pm to 8pm, Monday 5 July to Friday 9 July. 


More detail about NAIDOC Week can be found at the official website here.


Featured Artists

Mick Bogie (Wiradjuri) | Bungambrawatha homeland

Story

Growing up along the Murray River, I have always felt at home when near it. To me it’s very special. This peice shows the special animals of the Murray and the surrounding lands in various stages from fire stick farming.

Artist Profile

I am a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the small rural town of Corowa located on the Murray River in south eastern NSW for most of my adolescent life. I currently live in Wodonga with my wife, 2 teenage children and twin 5 year old boys who we foster through kinship care. I am currently working as an Aboriginal prison officer and Aboriginal support officer at Beechworth Correctional Centre where I support and work with Aboriginal inmates with their rehabilitation needs. I am a self-taught artist and discovered my passion for art and the stories that are told through art by researching more about my Aboriginal heritage using the internet, social media, books, local Aboriginal Elders, as  well as other community members and services. I am still learning and what I have learnt I pass on to my children and will continue to as I learn more. I mainly use acrylic on canvas and find that it helps with emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing. I am currently trying different styles and mediums such as clay moulding and wood working. Along with my wife we are also researching and learning about the Plangemaireener people from the Ben Lomond nation in Tasmania, as so my wife and foster children can enjoy their culture and heritage the same as I am. Our culture, traditions and spirit are providing us as a family to heal and to keep healthy.

Mick Bogie (Wiradjuri) | Bilagalang bula ngumbaay (Three Rivers)

Story

Three Rivers is about the Wiradjuri people of the Macquarie (Wambool), the Lachlan (Kalare) and the Murrumbidgee (Murrumbidjeri) and their connection to community, land and Rivers. Canvas depicts the three rivers and some of the animals found in these rivers, the burnings in the frane are related to the people of the land, the rivers and  waterholes in the area, and their journeys around country for trading and meetings.

Artist Profile

I am a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the small rural town of Corowa located on the Murray River in south eastern NSW for most of my adolescent life. I currently live in Wodonga with my wife, 2 teenage children and twin 5 year old boys who we foster through kinship care. I am currently working as an Aboriginal prison officer and Aboriginal support officer at Beechworth Correctional Centre where I support and work with Aboriginal inmates with their rehabilitation needs. I am a self-taught artist and discovered my passion for art and the stories that are told through art by researching more about my Aboriginal heritage using the internet, social media, books, local Aboriginal Elders, as  well as other community members and services. I am still learning and what I have learnt I pass on to my children and will continue to as I learn more. I mainly use acrylic on canvas and find that it helps with emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing. I am currently trying different styles and mediums such as clay moulding and wood working. Along with my wife we are also researching and learning about the Plangemaireener people from the Ben Lomond nation in Tasmania, as so my wife and foster children can enjoy their culture and heritage the same as I am. Our culture, traditions and spirit are providing us as a family to heal and to keep healthy.

Karin McMillan | Dhumamungee

Story

This work appreciates the passing of the Tassie Tiger. In the past it roamed around our area. In the present, water is precious and our community uses water from the waterways.

Stephen Berger (Central Arrente) | Gecko’s Dreaming

Story

Gecko’s are the looking out creatures for all living animal. They are best at night as that is when certain creatures come out and the rest of the animals. The gecko lets of a noise that alerts the other other animals to danger.

Artist Profile

Stephen Berger is a Central Arrente man and his work is centred around his intimate recollections of the desert landscapes of Alice Springs. Stephen’s approach is quiet and  considered, a repetitious practice of mark making which is intrinsically meditative. “When you stand at the top of a sand dune, you notice the sand runs continuously forming new lines and marks in the landscape, you can feel the earth moving.”

Kelly Lock (Boandik Nation) | Dreaming in Time

Story

In traditional times when drought would strike and the waters would dry up so did food sources around the river. The people would have to move on and look for water and food elsewhere. They would be dreaming of the day when rains would come and the river would run again, then they could return to their beautiful river where life would be good and lots of food to be found. And life would be easy again.

Artist Profile

My name is Kelly Lock and I am a Boandik woman. I have been doing art from my teenage years, firstly fine arts at TAFE, then my cultural art which I enjoy doing. I work mainly in acrylics, but have tried other mediums. I also like making jewellery and wood work. I love to be doing cultural arts with my family and have two daughters that love to paint alongside me.