• Tony Bosworth

Kurrajong kids learn about Country in smoking ceremony

Children at out of school hours care in Kurrajong had a special lesson on the Aboriginal flag during a presentation from Uncle Lex who travelled from the Blue Mountains to Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services at Kurrajong’s McMahons Park to hold a smoking ceremony on the new flag.

MP Susan Templeman holds the Aboriginal flag while children take part in the smoking ceremony and Uncle Lex sings in language

The flag - which will fly alongside the Australian flag outside the centre - was presented by Macquarie MP Susan Templeman, who arranged Uncle Lex’s visit.

“Uncle Lex told the children all about the Country on which they were standing, Aboriginal languages of the area, and the importance of looking after Mother Earth and each other,” Ms Templeman said.

“He also invited all the children to take part in the smoking ceremony after we had cleansed the flag.

“It was very touching watching some of the older children holding the hands of the younger ones as they went through the smoke, while Uncle Lex sang in language.

Ms Templeman assists Uncle Lex during the smoking ceremony to cleanse the new flag

“I was also really impressed with the children’s knowledge of the symbolism of the Aboriginal flag and dreamtime stories.”

The centre has a bush tucker and community garden space at the front of the building that features two new flag poles.

“The Aboriginal flag will now fly proudly next to the Australian flag outside the centre,” Ms Templeman said.

Community organisations that would like to be considered for a new flag should contact Ms Templeman’s office via email susan.templeman.mp@aph.gov.au.

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