[by Aimee Meredith]
Inaugural Bundaleer Saltwater Festival makes a splash
Mission Australia with Family and Community Services (FACS) hosted the inaugural Bundaleer Saltwater Festival at Howard Fowles Park in Warrawong, NSW.
Locals living at the Bundaleer Social Housing Estate attended the free festival and were treated to a BBQ provided by the Koori Men’s Group, an art exhibition including works from emerging Indigenous artists and Coomaditchie Aboriginal Corporation, photo booth, live music and amusement rides including dodgem cars, mini ferris wheel and mini merry go round.
Visitors to the festival also had access to information stalls of more than 25 local community and government organisations including Mission Australia, Barnardos, FACS, Warrawong Community Centre, Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service, Wellways, Anglicare and CatholicCare.
Members of the organising committee said the new annual festival highlighted the range of services and supports available to people living at Bundaleer Social Housing Estate, and was a great opportunity for locals to get together and have some fun.
Mission Australia Regional Leader for Illawarra and South Coast, Brett Fahey “The Bundaleer Saltwater Festival is a great opportunity for children, young people and their families who are part of the Bundaleer Social Housing Estate to unwind, have some fun and make some memories. It’s a chance for residents to try their hand at new things, make friends and connect them with local groups, services and artists in the area, as well as inspire ongoing participation in a range of activities.”
The Bundaleer Saltwater Festival is an initiative of the Place Planning program where Mission Australia and FACS work alongside the community living at Bundaleer Social Housing Estate to strengthen community ties for residents, link residents with support services and provide feedback to FACS and other agencies on potential community improvements.
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