Undalup Children's Week Bardimia Gathering

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The Undalup Association Proudly presented the Children’s Week, Bardimia gathering on Saturday 29th Oct at the old Bardimia campsite, Locke estate, Caves road, Busselton in South West WA. The event was a huge success, considering it was a sad celebration of a farewell to the campsite that the Aboriginal people of WA had many years of connections with, a meeting place between the land and the sea. A very important place for many of the children from the stolen generation, coming from the missions for holidays as a reward, an opportunity to have family members and friends come visit them once a year to reconnect with their families. 

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Many Thanks to the department of Local Government and communities, Meeilinga, as a major sponsor for the event, along with the many others for the in kind, sponsorship and volunteers for the event.

The Undalup Association is in partnership with the Corrective Services Department, Reply WA program,  the morning of the event we had the children from the Replay WA program attend the site and help with the preparation of the Coroboree site, dig the hole for the fire pit, clear the area for the sand and level the sand for the Coroboree Area for dancing. The children also collected and stacked the firewood for the fire, under the direction of the Event Coordinator and the Supervisor of Reply WA Team.

Kaya, and welcome to the Undalup Children’s week Corroboree, “Corrobboree, Numbi-wah, Boorunga” our dance becomes more than just dancing but a teaching aid to show the movement and habits of the animals and birds, reptiles and mammals  which showed our people before and our people present and our people Koolunga’s (children)for the future. By continuing to perform our dances, we learn our songlines, our Lore & special places where we continue our cultural connection to country, Teach people about flora and fauna, Keep our local dialect/language strong, Keep our Mental Health Strong, Keep us physically fit, healthy & Strong. “Corrobboree” is not just an enjoyable event to watch but is beneficial to community. The dancing keeps our mind strong by thinking, remembering the stories and dance; it activates your good feelings by knowing who you are, where you come from and your contribution to society

Welcome to Country and Welcome from Fresh Start, CEO Jeff Claughton.

The Traditional dancers are the “Bindjareb Middar Troupe”, led by Theo Kearing, all participants can attend the workshops to be a part of the traditional Corroboree, paint and dress up, Cultural activities available during the day.

Please attend the bush café for a feed from the cook up area led by the “Yoka Kaaradjiny” Women Caring, group,

Attend the History gathering with Tracie Pushman; share your stories and photos for the documenting of the Bardimia history.

Attend the SWAMs stall and get the latest information from the team at SWAMs.

Many Thanks to Fresh Start for hosting the event as they are the new leasees, they are here to discuss plans for the campsite, and share the good work they are currently doing in WA.