It was great to see that despite Covid 19, Upper Hunter Shire Youth Services were able to hold two events in celebration of NAIDOC Week.
The first event held was the Aboriginal Art and Music Workshop.
Richie and Sue Lawton from Budbudda Dreaming delivered the workshop where participants learnt to make digeridoos and clapsticks out of wood branches.
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Participants also painted the instruments and learnt about the history of where they came from and what they are used for.
This workshop was made possible thanks to a CASP art grant through Arts NSW.
The second event held was the Yarns Day event.
Roz Thompson delivered a weaving workshop and Tash Kellett shared her knowledge of burnings and fire sticks, giving the participants a live demonstration.
Tash also shared her knowledge of country, the environment, bush medicine and survival.
An array of traditional Aboriginal artefacts including weapons, tools and weavings were displayed for participants.
Cycle and walkway funding
I am delighted to announce that Upper Hunter Shire Council have secured $922,674 of funding from the NSW and Federal Governments for a new cycle and walkway in Merriwa.
The project will see approximately 4km of path constructed within the town linking with existing paths to the town's sporting facilities including the recently completed skate park.
The path will also incorporate Merriwa's existing River Walk.
We are pleased to have secured funding for this project as it will make a real difference to the community.
It will improve connectivity of the town and provide opportunities for exercise and community building.
The paths will also be a great attraction for tourists passing by. Visitors who stop at the Merriwa Driver Reviver will be able to utilise the walkway and spend more time in the town, which will benefit local businesses.
The project is one of 21 projects that have been allocated funding in the latest round of Bushfire Local Economic Recovery projects under the Local Economic Recovery program.