They walk the talk



A WALK for Reconciliation is set to become an annual feature of Reconciliation Week in Coffs Harbour.

About 200 people joined Saturday's walk from Creek Park at Park Beach to the Jetty Foreshores.

Co-convenor of the Coffs Harbour Local Reconciliation Group, Marg Bruggisser, said the walk, which followed the path of the original reconciliation walk in 2000, was a positive statement from the local community.

"It was a wonderful day and there was no politicking involved, it was a very positive mood," she said.

"People were recommitting themselves to reconciliation and there was a request to do the walk annually, which is likely to happen."

The crowd that gathered at the Foreshores were addressed by Gumbilar Julipi elders and Pastor Ben Bird, who spoke about the importance of reconciliation.

The gathering also included music, singing and a barbecue lunch.

Ms Bruggisser said there was also enthusiasm from many people present to learn more about local Aboriginal culture.

She said the reconciliation group would attempt to hold more meetings and to organise discussions in which information could be shared.



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