Students from Wollongbar TAFE: Matthew Presley, Michael Farah, Dion Brownfield and Jason Campbell.
Students from Wollongbar TAFE: Matthew Presley, Michael Farah, Dion Brownfield and Jason Campbell. David Nielsen

Indigenous students enjoy Deadly Days Festival

GET skilled, get deadly was the abiding theme in Coffs Harbour for an estimated 550 Aboriginal students who were encouraged to realise their dreams.

The Deadly Days Festival at Coffs Harbour Education Campus involved some 30 schools from throughout the region in an extravaganza which featured entertainment, a celebration of Aboriginal culture, a careers expo and hands-on workshops.

Rugby league celebrities Arthur Beetson, David Peachey and Doug Rose, country music star Troy Cassar-Daley, and ABCTV personality Alison Page lent their support to the festival, which was also held in Lismore last week and moves to Taree today.

Page, originally a Coffs Harbour girl, said the festival helped young people explore possibilities for their future.

“I have a passion for being Aboriginal and I'm so proud of my culture. It's a wonderful thing to be an Aboriginal person today,” she said.

“We are on the verge of a renaissance to our culture.”

Peachey said the festival made children more aware of the importance of furthering their education and of respecting the elders in their community.

A mark of success was finishing school and feeling 'good within yourself and your community'.

“From failure comes success. Stay at school and realise your goals,” Peachey said.



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