THE SOUND of country music and the smell of sausages announced NAIDOC celebrations were in full swing as I walked in to Heritage Park last Thursday.
The event had to be cancelled twice because of bad weather and the death of an elder, but the sun was shining and about 2000 people had come out to celebrate our Indigenous culture and community.
The theme this year was celebrating the 40 years of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, but for many it is a fun day out.
"There is a strong move to turn this into a regional event, which to some extent it already is because people come from far and wide," said Lismore City Council's community services coordinator, Annie McWilliam.
"The event keeps growing every year which is an indication of its success. There were 50 different services represented with stalls; these are services that deliver directly to the Aboriginal community... There were heaps of kids' activities and the big excitement was (country singer) Kerrianne Cox did a guest spot. That was a big surprise."