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National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.
This year’s theme, Keep the fire burning! Blak, loud, and proud celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.
The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.
In the Wyndham area, the indigenous history is a vibrant tapestry woven with the cultural heritage of the Bunurong and Wadawurrung People, essential members of the Kulin Nation. This region intricately houses five distinctive language groups, encapsulating the profound cultural significance and connection to the land.
Renowned artist John Lambley, and his children Jy, Giselle, Kyle, Kain and Mason are proud Wadawurrung people living on Wadawurrung country. Together John, Jy and Giselle have brought the essence of Indigenous art to life with a remarkable artwork commissioned for WynActive.
The art piece stands as a tribute to the cultural heritage of the region, showcasing a harmonious blend of traditional elements and contemporary vision. By infusing elements of history and life into their creation, the Lambley’s artwork serves as a beacon of cultural unity and celebration.
In a gesture of respect and acknowledgment of the traditional custodians of the land, WynActive hosted a special ceremony at Eagle Stadium on Monday, 8th July at 10:00am. The event commenced with a solemn welcome to country, recognising the traditional custodians of the land, followed by a traditional smoking ceremony to purify and cleanse the surroundings.

The Lambley family then presented the Past & Present Dreaming, and proudly told a story about the art piece. Guiding us through artwork that intricately weaves together the essence of AquaPulse, Eagle Stadium and Werribee Outdoor Pool, capturing the vibrant histroy and life of Wyndham.

Past & present dreaming

Past & Present Dreaming: A story by John Lambley
In the land of our ancestors, the Dreamtime, a world we believe still lives on, guiding us through our lives today. Our stories begin with the creation – with symbols of man, woman, and child representing the continuum of our people. We speak of Bunjil, our great creator, who transcends both the Dreamtime and the present, embodied in the form of a Wedge-tailed eagle. Even now, the majestic eagle soars above Werribee, watching over and protecting us.
The You Yangs rise prominently, a place deeply significant to the Wadawurrung people. Here, our ancestors lived, hunted, and traveled. You can still trace their journeys, marked by the imprints of roo prints, boomerangs, and Goim Gulliwan – the kangaroo. Sunlight bathed their days, rains refreshed the land, and the night sky wove a tapestry of ancestral connections.
The Werribee River flows steadily, a vital artery through the municipality. It has always been more than just water to our people; it is alive, a source of sustenance and life. Along its banks lies Bungie’s Hole, a site held in great reverence. This place was a natural meeting ground for our people and the neighbouring Bunurong, where we gathered peacefully by the flowing river. The riverbanks told tales of campsites and journeys, marked by the presence of creatures like the Echidna, Waa the Crow–our hero, Parwan the Magpie, and the Ring-Tailed Possum. The resilient eucalypt trees rooted along the water speak of an enduring connection to the land, from the Werribee south coast to the coastline teeming with turtles, dolphins, and jellyfish.
The coastlines themselves, alive with stories and the essence of our people’s journeys, housed middens and meeting places – touchstones of our culture for tens of thousands of years. These places anchor us to our past and will always be culturally significant.
Fast forward to the present. We see the Werribee community, still symbolised by man, woman, and child, journeying through life’s landscape. The modern-day symbols of community interactions are embodied in the three WynActive sites: Eagle Stadium, AquaPulse, and the Outdoor Pool. These are the places where the community of Werribee connects, journeys converging and diverging in a dance of contemporary life.
In the words of John Donne, “No man is an island entirely unto himself.” Despite our rich tapestry of history and culture spanning millennia, we acknowledge today’s community’s importance and its dynamic interactions. Through WynActive, we represent and celebrate the unity of past and present, weaving our ancient traditions and modern experiences into a single, living narrative.”