Nor-West Jockey Club played host to the annual Roebourne Men’s and Women’s Dinners on Wednesday and Thursday nights (28 and 29 September).
Both events drew big crowds with men and women from Roebourne and surrounding areas coming together to share stories and tackle important issues.
The Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project has been a proud sponsor of both events for a number of years and continued its support in 2016.
The Roebourne Men’s Dinner is known locally as Ngarda-Ngali Gummamardi, which means ‘men’s gathering’ in Ngarluma.
The men were entertained by Steve Pigram, one of the founding members of the Pigram Brothers, a popular seven piece Aboriginal band from Broome, and world-famous Indigenous Western Australian, Ernie Dingo, was master of ceremonies.
Woodside’s Senior Vice President Australia Operating Unit, Niall Myles, said he felt privileged to attend the 2016 Roebourne Men’s Dinner.
“I feel lucky to have spent such a great evening getting to know so many local men from Roebourne and surrounding areas,” Niall said.
“Seeing men, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, sitting down to dinner and talking about their lives, culture and aspirations was brilliant.
“It was one of those memorable nights where you get so engrossed talking to people that before you know it, it’s time to go home.
“I’d like to thank everyone involved in planning and running this event for their efforts.”
The Roebourne Women’s Dinner is known locally as Mangabura Gumagarrigu, which means ‘strong women gathering’ in Ngarluma.
The women were entertained by Indigenous jazz singer Billie Court and master of ceremonies Karla Hart, an Indigenous writer, film-maker, dancer, actress and director.
Woodside’s Vice President Corporate Affairs, Sandra McInnes, said she was amazed by the number of women who turned out for the event.
“The evening was a great opportunity to discuss important issues but one of the main things I took away from it was just how many positive stories there are coming out of Roebourne,” Sandra said.
“In Roebourne’s 150th year, it was heartening to hear these stories.”
Both events were run by the Yaburara and Coastal Mardudhunera Aboriginal Corporation with catering provided by the Ieramugadu Café, which is locally owned and operated by Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation Limited.