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Shire of Dumbleyung receives funding to deliver Australia Day event with Wuddi Cultural Tours

Daniel RooneyNarrogin Observer
An Aboriginal painting being created at Dumbleyung's Australia Day celebrations
Camera IconAn Aboriginal painting being created at Dumbleyung's Australia Day celebrations Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Great Southern Herald

The Shire of Dumbleyung has received a $30,000 grant from the National Australia Day Council for the Dumbleyung Australia Day Extravaganza.

Members of the extended Winmar family make their way to perform a Aboriginal dance at Dumbleyung's Australia Day celebrations.
Camera IconMembers of the extended Winmar family make their way to perform a Aboriginal dance at Dumbleyung's Australia Day celebrations. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Great Southern Herald

The Shire will present the event in partnership with Wuddi Cultural Tours owner-operators Grant and Anne Riley.

The Dumbleyung Australia Day Extravaganza 2023 will again focus on Aboriginal culture, showcasing traditional song and dance, food, and didgeridoo and boomerang demonstrations.

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In 2022, the event attracted an estimated 200 people, about four times that of the previous year. “We are extremely excited about this opportunity,” Mr Riley said. “Wuddi Cultural Tours provides one of the best and most authentic Aboriginal tourism experiences for tourists and visitors in WA. We are pleased and honoured to work with the shire on this important event.”

West Coast Eagles player Liam Ryan was a feature of last year’s Australia Day in Dumbleyung, as were ceremonies performed by Noongar elder Mort Hansen and displays of traditional dance by the extended Winmar family.

West Coast Eagles player Liam Ryan and Wuddi Cultural Tours operator Anne Grant.
Camera IconWest Coast Eagles player Liam Ryan and Wuddi Cultural Tours operator Anne Grant. Credit: Sean Van Der Wielen/Great Southern Herald

“I would like to publicly thank Grant and Anne Riley for allowing the Shire the opportunity to partner with them again to deliver what should be aJU fantastic day,” Dumbleyung Shire president Julie Ramm said.

“This is an outstanding outcome.”

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