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 Wiradjuri Celebrations - Event

Saturday 24th September 2022 | 10:00am-2:00pm

There will be cultural activities, arts and craft, interactive displays plus bungee trampolines and the traditional game of Marngrook. The first 500 attendees will even receive two $5.00 vouchers to spend at any of the food vans at the event!

- NAIDOC tattoos
- Bungee trampolines
- Cultural arts and craft

FOOD VANS - first 500 attendees receive two FREE $5.00 voucher!
- Frisky Brisket
- Show Food
- Packed Cones 
- Ridgey's Delight 

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

This event is Proudly funded by NSW Government. 

To view the event poster: click here  (PDF 675.4KB)

Forbes Community Wiradjuri Celebrations -Colouring In Competition

In celebration of the Community Wiradjuri Celebration to be held on Saturday 24 September, 10am-2pm at Gaggin’ Oval, Bedgerabong Road Forbes.
Forbes Shire Council has developed a Colouring in competition for school students to participate in celebrating the culture of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities!

The colouring in competition in celebration of the NAIDOC theme, Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! is currently open, closing Wednesday 21 September 2022! 

Post: PO Box 333, Forbes 
Email: Community@forbes.nsw.gov.au 
Drop to: Forbes Shire Council, 2 Court Street Forbes 

Alternatively, get in contact with Council’s Community Relations Officer at community@forbes.nsw.gov.au or 02 6850 2300 to arrange a pick up location! 

To download the colouring competition: click here  (PDF 286.6KB)

Wiradjuri Artwork