Wiradjuri Culture

Forbes Shire sits proudly on Wiradjuri Land and we acknowledge this nation as the traditional owners and pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging. The Wiradjuri nation is the largest cultural footprint in NSW  - from the Blue Mountains in the east, to Hay in the west, north to Nyngan and south to Albury in the South Western slopes region.

The Wiradjuri people were a hunter-gatherer society made up of small clans or close family groups whose movements followed seasonal food gathering and ritual patterns.

The 2016 Census has the aboriginal population standing at 1,021 in the Forbes Shire, that is 9.6% of the total population.

The Forbes Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre (WDC) is an iconic project initiated by the Forbes Wiradjuri Community to promote Wiradjuri culture and stories. The Centre is a unique hub for educating the community and regularly hosts cultural events, meetings and workshops conducted largely by enthusiastic and dedicated local volunteers. Around the Centre you will find several totem poles telling the cultural stories from this remarkable community and a yarning circle and sand dance ring as well as interpretative signage featuring aspects of Wiradjuri culture. On the shoreline of adjacent Lake Forbes near the WDC is a bronze statue by artist Brett ‘Mon’ Garling  entitled “Family Matters”. This breathtaking piece features two Indigenous women with child returning from gathering food and is an iconic component of the work undertaken between the Forbes Arts Society and the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre committee.

Bronze Statue

Forbes Community Indigenous Celebrations

Friday April 29th | 4:30pm - 8:00pm

Join us in Lions Park for a community event to celebrate indigenous culture. Forbes Shire Council is so excited to be presenting this amazing community event in partnership with local service providers. Come on down to Lions Park on Friday 8th of April for a fun-filled afternoon to celebrate our indigenous community.

There will be cultural activities, arts and craft, interactive displays plus bungee trampolines and pedal boats on the lake. The first 300 attendees will even receive a $10 voucher to spend at any of the food vans at the event!

- Airbrush tattoos
- Bungee trampolines
- Pedal boats (from 3:00pm til 6:00pm)
- Girri Girri Games (until 6:30pm)
- Drumming Workshop
- Cultural arts and craft
AND MORE! Complete all the activities in your free event Passport and go in the draw to win awesome prizes!

FOOD VANS - first 300 attendees receive a FREE $10 voucher!
- Lions BBQ with traditional meats
- Frisky Brisket
- Show Food
- Packed Cones 
- Ridgey's Delight 

Free bus departs Jenny Murphy Park at 4:30pm, return trip departs Lions Park at 8:00pm.

For more information contact Council’s Community Relations Officer at community@forbes.nsw.gov.au or 02 6850 2300.

Wiradjuri Artwork