First Steps Count Sod Turning Ceremony

By Clare Brennan

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21 April 2021

On Wednesday 21 April 2021, history was made! The much anticipated and long-awaited beginning to the construction of Stage 1 of the First Steps Count Child and Community Centre in Myall Avenue, Taree. The ground was broken and the first sod turned by 11-year-old Alira, from Taree Christian College and 4-year-old Cooper, from Snugglepot Day Care Centre. A large crowd gathered to witness the event which was attended by dignitaries including Dr David Gillespie, Member for Lyne; Stephen Bromhead, Member for Myall Lakes, Mayor David West, Mid Coast Council; and former Mayor of Greater Taree City Council and First Steps Count Board member, Paul Hogan and Police Superintendent Christopher Schilt.

Uncle Russell Saunders performed Welcome to Country in both Gathang and English, and young Eric Foster performed the Acknowledgement to Country. Uncle Michael Saunders then led the Taree Christian College Indigenous Dance Troupe, who told a story of the men hunting to provide for the tribe and the women feeding sugar to the bull ants to stop them from biting people. It was a very emotional performance and we are so grateful for their participation.

Children first in everything we do!

 

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