In late May Mary opened an art exhibition by the Ginar Maliyan Mob, at the Belconnen Community Services,
The Ginar Maliyan Mob is a community group that is led by Duncan Smith, and works with young Indigenous people to introduce them to their culture through art, dance, music, leadership, respect, caring for community, confidence and self-pride. The organisation relies purely on community support and fundraising.
“I have known Duncan for many years, and I appreciate and support the work he does in the community, and particularly the work he undertakes with young Indigenous people,” Mary said.
“I have had the privilege of opening several of Duncan's other art exhibitions, including last years Ginar Maliyan art exhibition, which was part of the NAIDOC Week Celebrations. This year it fittingly was during the National Reconciliation week, Mary stated.
“I congratulate Duncan for his hard work in providing indigenous children and young people with this wonderful opportunity to learn important life skills, which they can use to express themselves to us, Mary said.
“I congratulate also all the children and young people of the Ginar Maliyan mob, parents, carers, local businesses and all organisations and volunteers for their contribution towards making this program run successfully,” Mary concluded.