This week staff at various GP down south offices celebrated NAIDOC week with a variety of events. Our Assertive Outreach Team attended the Mandurah mustangs Naidoc round football game at Lane Group Stadium where the inaugural Mustangs indigenous playing strip was unveiled. It was a good show of unity within our community and there was lots of support for NAIDOC week 2022.
On the radio our Regional Communications Manager for Nidjalla Waangan Mia, George Walley gave everyone a simple way to read and pronounce that road on the Forrest Highway that we all silently say a hundred times as we drive past – wondering if we got it right. While some people struggle with pronunciation, Elder George Walley said it was simple and only four syllables. Mand – joo- goor-dap (long a). "It means meeting place of the heart, Mandjoo is meeting place," he said. "Goordap is place of our heart, it's also love of those around us, love of country and love of family or your other half."
The Nidjalla Waangan team, with George had a beautiful walk around the Joseph and Dulcie Nannup trail off the Pinjarra Road followed by a long lunch back at Nidjalla for all the community. We will update you on the Down South Aboriginal Team next week as they are holding their event today.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.