Bush tucker on menu for NAIDOC celebration

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Bush tucker on menu for NAIDOC celebration

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Published on 30 July 2012

30 July 2012

Crocodile and kangaroo will be served for lunch at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (31 July) amid NAIDOC Week activities celebrating local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.

Official NAIDOC (National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee) events will begin at 11.30am with a Welcome to Country ceremony by the Gubbi Gubbi Dance Troupe, followed by a performance by the Komet Kus Dance Company at noon.

The event will also include story-telling, art and local history workshops.

Media are invited to attend USC’s NAIDOC Week celebrations from 11.30am-2.30pm in the green space between Building D and Building I.

While NAIDOC Week is held nationally from 1-8 July, USC postponed its celebrations for the return of students for Semester 2.

Buranga Centre Student Support Officer Marnee Shay said the event was a way of sharing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures with the broader USC community.

Ms Shay said the crocodile and kangaroo samples would be marinated using bush tucker products by local Aboriginal chef Dale Chapman of Coolamon Creations.

“We’re catering for about 200 people and people are usually surprised at what kangaroo and crocodile tastes like,” she said. “There will also be sausages for those less adventurous.”

The Buranga Centre is USC’s on-campus Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support Unit.

— Michelle Widdicombe

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