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

NAIDOC Week 2021

Heal Country, heal our nation. 
NAIDOC Week 2021 acknowledges, celebrates and recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and aims to foster greater understanding of Indigenous culture. in our community. 

The Forbes Aboriginal community has come together once again to plan a COVID-safe celebration for NAIDOC this year. Committee members have joined forces to design a family-friendly celebration to be held at the Lions on Friday November 12th from 4:30pm – 8pm.
The event will feature a range of free activities including traditional art, dancing, storytelling, and language as well as art and craft activities plus the chance to win some amazing prizes. There will be a range of food options available!
There will be plenty of hand sanitiser available, and we will implementing Covid precautions in line with the public health order at the time.
Attendees will be invited to complete a NAIDOC Celebration passport by completing each of the activities available on the day!

As part of this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations we would like to recognise the outstanding contributions that our local Indigenous people make to improve our community or to promote Indigenous issues. Award categories include:

  • Indigenous Young Achiever - Male (under 18)
  • Indigenous Young Achiever - Female (under 18)

Download the nomination form: here (PDF 326.1KB)

This year the NAIDOC Committee has decided to host a design competition. 

Download the information sheet: here  (PDF 314KB)

Nominations and the Design competition close: 5.00pm Friday 29 October 2021 

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

Wiradjuri Artwork