GALLERY: Cultural diversity celebrated in Mundubbera
CULTURES were celebrated and shared at a successful Mundubbera Welcomes You event at the community hall on Saturday night.
About 70 people took part in the event that included dancing, music, poetry, socialising and good food.
The evening started with a Welcome to Country by local Aboriginal elder Aunty Nancy Beezley.
Punters were then entertained by a troupe of traditional indigenous dancers from Eidsvold, who after capturing the attention of everyone in the room with their performance, invited attendees to learn and perform a traditional Aboriginal dance with them.
Dinner was then served which was made up of a range of traditional meals prepared by members of the backpacking community, including Taiwanese braised pork and egg, Thai green chicken curry, Middle Eastern shepherd's pie, Korean spicy chicken stew, Italian fusilli alla bolognese, Irish beef and vegetable stew, and of course, the iconic Aussie snag in bread.
Eidsvold bush poet Russell Plunkett then performed, before attendees danced into the evening.
North Burnett Regional Councillor Faye Whelan said the evening went well, and was a boost for cultural diversity in the region..
"I thought it went really quite well in the end, it served the purpose that we're funded for, which bought together all the different multicultural groups within our town, some of who live here permanently,” she said.
"As for cultural diversity, I think it ticked all the boxes.”
Cr Whelan said it was important for the community to embrace all cultures.
"I was exceptionally pleased we could have the Eidsvold indigenous dancers perform on Saturday night, I think it was just wonderful the way they taught the backpackers their national dance, and also the backpackers reciprocated with some of their national dances being taught to the indigenous dancers,” she said.