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Croc Festival gets Miwatj Council boost.



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Friday, 25th July 2002

Croc Festival gets Miwatj Council boost

The ATSIC Miwatj Regional Council has granted $15,000 towards the 2002 Croc Festival to be held in Nhulunbuy 29 - 31 July.

Since 1998, Croc Festivals have taken place each year in a number of regional and remote areas throughout the country giving school children the opportunity to perform on stage and partake in craft, sports and health activities.

More than 700 school students from throughout the Territory are expected to attend the Nhulunbuy Festival which has a theme of Be what you want to be: Choose yourself.

Miwatj Chairman, Mr Tony Binalany, said the Council is committed to investing in the future of Yolngu youth.

"We are very happy to support the Croc Festival especially as it promotes very strong and positive messages," Mr Binalany said.

"It offers a wonderful opportunity for our local young people to explore their talents in a very creative environment. Importantly, reconciliation is a major focus and the Festival will encourage greater understanding and respect between Yolngu and Balanda.

"The Miwatj Regional Council wishes the Festival and students much success."

The ATSIC funding for the Croc Festival is made available through a program aimed at the Preservation and Promotion of Indigenous Culture. It is just one of a number of youth initiatives currently being undertaken by the Miwatj Regional Council.

In preparation for the upcoming October 19 ATSIC Regional Council elections, staff from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) will also be available during the Festival to assist young people aged 17 years and over who may wish to enrol on the Australian Electoral roll.

For further information: Francine Chinn (08) 8944 5558 or 0419 819 025 For more info on the 2002 Croc Festivals: www.crocfestivals.org.au or Nhulunbuy Coordinator Vernon Patullo (08) 8987 1866.