Thanks for Making One Day a Very Special Day.
January 29, 2017 6 Comments
Well that was a very special weekend. One I will remember for a long, long time.
From the extraordinary smoking ceremony at the Roundhouse all the way through to John Butler, Dan Sultan, Muma Kin and Gina Williams singing an amazing rendition of Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody’s “From Little Things Big Things Grow” with thousands singing along as the sun set glowed over Bathers Beach and the Esplanade – it might have only been one day in Fremantle but it is a day that I hope will resonate around the country for a long time yet.
I want to throw out a huge, heart-felt thanks to those who made it both possible and so special:
- To our aboriginal brothers and sisters, from the elders who we had the original conversations with in 2016 (including but not in any way limited to: Len Collard, Robert Eddington and Dumbartung crew, Noel Nannup, Richard Walley, Mingli and Uncle Ben Taylor) to the amazing younger crew who participated in very powerful smoking ceremony.
- To the talented performers at One Day (John Butler, Dan Sultan, Mama Kin, as well as Marie Taylor, Richard Walley, Herbert Bropho and Gina Williams) who delivered a stunning afternoon with great music and powerful messages;
- To my fellow Fremantle Council members and City of Fremantle staff (especially Pete and Sarah) and Detail crew – this was a real team effort and great to work alongside such inspiring people of integrity;
- To the many thousands of you who came from Fremantle and beyond to make it a special day. It really was a multicultural day with people of all ages and nationalities including a huge showing from the wider aboriginal community. As Phil Walley-Stack wrote to me that morning: “Heading to Fremantle to celebrate being a Nyoongar and a Proud Australian – with no mixed emotions!”
Of course One Day in Fremantle was only one small step we took together on the path towards greater inclusion and respect. We have a long way to go but I feel proud that so many of us took that step together in Fremantle this weekend.
Here are a few snaps I took in the afternoon. Thank you!