Santa says he is looking forward to his starring role at the inaugural Cubawee Christmas party.
Santa says he is looking forward to his starring role at the inaugural Cubawee Christmas party. Jacklyn Wagner

Santa is coming to Cubawee

THIS week's Cubawee Christmas party will give children and community service providers a chance to experience a sacred place that holds a special spot in the hearts of many Aborigines.

For the past few months, community service providers and the Ngulingah Local Aboriginal Land Council have been working hard to stage the inaugural Christmas party, to be held tomorrow.

Tracey King, Aboriginal extension officer for Ngulingah Land Council and Northern Rivers Catchment Authority, said the party - supported by community service providers and local businesses - would provide a space for people to connect with each other and to country.

"That place is significant to the people," she said.

"This will be a chance to bring the service providers together to share information and for them to meet outside of work.

"I want to say a big thank you to all the local businesses that supported us to make this happen."

Cubawee - a Bundjalung word meaning place of full and plenty - was an Aboriginal settlement from the 1930s to the 1960s.

School kids from throughout the Northern Rivers will attend tomorrow's party where they will perform before taking part in the endless list of entertainment on offer, including rides, arts and crafts, music and tree planting.

Liz Louis from On-Track community programs said the party would be a time when children could feel great about themselves.

"It's really important for people not from this area to come together," Ms Louis said.

"Some of these kids may never have been on country and have not been welcomed to country."

And of course a Christmas party would not be complete without a special visit from Santa.

In an exclusive interview with The Northern Star yesterday, Santa said he had been reviewing the naughty and nice Christmas list.

"There are a few kids out there who need their presents so I hope I can make them feel nice," he said.

"There are a few naughty ones but hopefully they can get good by the day."

The Christmas party will be held from 10am-5pm at the Cubawee Aboriginal Reserve, 7km west of Lismore on Kyogle Rd.

A shuttle bus will pick people up from the Lismore Tourist Information Centre and take them to Cubawee and bring them back throughout the day until 3pm.

Anyone who would like to volunteer at the event can call the Ngulingah Land Council on 6621 5541.

The Christmas party will be an alcohol-free event.



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