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Photograph: By Victoria

Photograph: By Victoria

Photograph: By Victoria

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STRENGTHENING LOCAL & REGIONAL IDENTITY Council recognises that Australia and the lands of the Torres Strait Islands were owned by Indigenous people, and the Darkinjung was the main tribal group of the land of the Gosford LGA. In early 2009, the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council democratically elected a new board of members marking a positive step forward for the Darkinjung people. Gosford City Council looks forward to partnering with the Darkinjung Council to ensure that positive change continues to be made within our local community. One of the first steps to be taken is the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between our two Councils. This will set a platform for both Councils to accomplish the many tasks concerning Aboriginal heritage and looking after land and community. Council Youth Services hosted a range of international film nights at The Hub, Erina aimed at promoting harmony,

diversity and multicultural awareness within the community. The events are held monthly and have showcased films from diverse cultures including: Mexican, Indian, Greek, Australian, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Chilean, Chinese, South American, African, Filipino, French, and Iranian-Persian. The film nights offer cultural finger foods before the screenings and are drug and alcohol-free. These events have met with a fantastic response from the Central Coast community. In 2008, a range of free activities for the community such as yoga, Tai Chi and Petanque were held in Kibble Park every week as part of the Kibble Park - Active Community Spaces program. The program was designed to promote wellness and safety, as well as encourage the community to utilise existing community assets. Everyone was welcomed to these activities which provided the opportunity for a mental and physical break for Gosford City Centre’s working population. Hundreds of people attended the free events across four evenings during the Summer in the City program which saw Kibble Park come alive with festive fever from 19-25 January.

Families and friends enjoyed picnic suppers while listening to internationally renowned musicians at Friday’s Jazz night; or watched over fifty artists in a unique interpretation of Waltzing Matilda at Saturday’s Arts evening. Gosford’s cultural diversity was demonstrated with a welcome in eighteen languages to open the Gala evening which marked the program’s finale and saw in the Year of the Ox for Chinese New Year. The evening featured more than twenty acts, performed by a Chinese arts group and chamber choir. These celebrations provided a wonderful demonstration of Gosford’s diverse local talent and strong community spirit. Although affected by stormy weather in 2009, the annual 5 Lands Walk Festival continues as a feature event in enhancing Gosford’s regional identity. The walk provides an ideal opportunity to showcase local cultural and artistic talent. Educational talks, concerts, art competitions, photographic displays, beach installations, jazz, drumming processions, dances and live theatre during five cultural presentations were experienced by over 2,000 spectators this year.

Gosford City Council 08/09 Community Annual Report  

Gosford City Council 08/09 Community Annual Report

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