Social photos: NAIDOC Week bridge walk
See our photos from Monday’s walk across the old Murray Bridge.
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Around 200 people have braved a chilly winter morning to walk across the old Murray Bridge to celebrate the first Australians during NAIDOC Week 2023.
Neither the seven-degree temperature nor the ongoing bridge works deterred the crowd on their march from the east side to the Murray Bridge council office, where a number of NAIDOC Week awards were given out.
Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal Corporation CEO Tim Hartman took the opportunity to talk about how many Aboriginal workers, most of them local, have been involved in the bridge’s refurbishment – about 20 per cent of the total workforce.
It was fitting that, back in the 1870s, the state government had chosen to build the bridge at a place the Ngarrindjeri called Pomberuk, or “the best place to cross the river”, he said.
Interpretive signage and artwork, talking about the area’s significance to the Ngarrindjeri people, will be installed near the bridge when it is finished.
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