May 5 - 11, 2019: Issue 403


The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater - 2019 Festival

The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG) started in 1979 as a treaty organisation and later developed into a group of people committed to supporting Indigenous Australians in their broader struggle for justice.

The Aboriginal Support Group - Manly Warringah Pittwater meets at 7.30pm on the second Monday of most months from February to December. The venue is Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1 Park Street, Mona Vale.

In May ASG are running a fundraiser instead to commence a series of events that bring more focus on the original Custodians of this place and share knowledge and insights. Their 2019 Festival Program runs below and provides an opportunity for all ages to meet and join in a variety of activities and commemorations.


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Pittwater Online News acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Sunday 26th May: Commemorate National Sorry Day

A time for all Australians to reflect on the profound grief and trauma experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generation. It is also an opportunity to celebrate their strength and resilience, and to reaffirm our shared commitment to healing and reconciliation.        

Come and join us from 2.00 pm               

Free Event

  • Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony.
  • Local Aboriginal Dancers - they will teach the kids some dancing 
  • Scott Romain and Matt James playing Didgeridoo. Deadly.
  • A reading from Aunty Nancy’s book of poems “Nobody’s Child”.
  • A one-minute silence of the Stolen Generation.
  • Guest Speaker Clarence Bruinsma, President AECG talks on the significance of Sorry Day!
  • BBQ and afternoon tea 
  • Sing along or just listen to local Aboriginal girl She is deadly
  • Special guest speaker Cheree Toka, putting the Aboriginal Flag on the Harbour Bridge
  • Get weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Display of Aboriginal artefacts, some that have never been seen before.
  • Boomerang painting, colouring and small gift from ASG-MWP for the children.

AT: Mona Vale Memorial Hall., 1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale 

Les McLeod and Ged McMinn  at 2013 Sorry Day. 

National Reconciliation Week
27th May – 3rd June 

Grounded in Truth

Walk Together with Courage

To foster positive race relations, the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the broader community must be grounded in a foundation of truth. 

Whether you’re engaging in challenging conversations or unlearning and relearning what you know, this journey requires all of us to walk together with courage.

Monday 27th May: Local Aboriginal History

Hosted by Friends of Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

Coastal Environment Centre

Pelican Path, Lake Park Road, Narrabeen

Free event: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Presenters: Auntie Frances Bodkin, Gavin Andrews- D’harawal and Greg Taylor

An interview exploring Aboriginal culture, knowledge and Lore.

Make sure you book a ticket by email: or text 0402 974 105

Saturday 1st June: Bushwalk in the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

Free Event: 12am - 2pm

Meet at 27 Morgan Rd, Oxford Falls. 

A great exploration especially for children.                

See impressive rock carvings of astronomy and totems at Moon Rock, a culturally significant NSW Heritage Aboriginal Place in high bushland with ocean views. Then walk a small loop track back.

Allow 2 hrs. 

BYO lunch, water & hat.

Bookings or more details:  Conny Harris 0432 643 295

Sunday 9th June: Bushwalk in the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment

Free Event: 10am – 1.30pm

Meet at 2-10 Cromer Rd,       

300 metres after entrance to Cromer Golf Club.                                                                           

A walk you will remember forever with fantastic views over Narrabeen Lagoon in bushland with very different vegetation communities and the natural beauty of the area from Cromer to Oxford Falls. 

Carpool back.    

Allow 3.5hrs.  

BYO lunch, water & hat.    

Bookings or more details:   Conny Harris 0432 643 295

Sunday 2nd June: Singing Up Country, Spirit And Land

St Anthony in the Fields Church

46 Myoora Rd, Terrey Hills

Start time:  4.30pm – 7.00pm

An Evening of Music and Aboriginal Dancers

Sausage Sizzle and soups $30 p/p - concession $20

Booking Essential: HERE


Tuesday 4th June: Walk the Basin Track
with Uncle Laurie Bimson

Start Time: 10am – 1pm

Fee $20         Max 30

West Head Rd, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park

At the site you will be told stories of times long gone by. There will be explanations as to how the rock carvings were used as school rooms for Aboriginal children. Bring your camera as the view from West Head is amazing! 

Booking Essential: 

Laurie Bimson - Smoking Ceremony

NAIDOC Week 2019 7-14 July

We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.  

The Indigenous voice of this country is over 65,000 plus years old. 

Voice. Treaty. Truth. were three key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. 

Put this in your diary 

Monday 9th September 

Night of music. Performed by local Indigenous singers and artists. Can you play the Didgeridoos/clap sticks? Come along and play the clap sticks. You will hear piano, singing in language. Come along sing along. Have fun.  Supper provided.  

All welcome  

This is a Free night of entertainment.

7.30pm start.         

Hosted by ASG-MWP

Mona Vale Memorial Hall

1606 Pittwater Rd, Mona Vale