Gather as one for the Peoples' Day in Urunga

Back-Pete Brotherton, Jake Fuller, Michael Jarrett, Mark Bibby, Susie Kelly. Front-Peter Lister, Tyrone Sheather, Lily Bibby, Lisa Kelly, Jo Brotherton, Steve Morris, Alison Carter. Other event coordinators not present-Deb Rose, Jeanette Hickey, Jenny Harry, James Manual, Mark Learmonth.
Back-Pete Brotherton, Jake Fuller, Michael Jarrett, Mark Bibby, Susie Kelly. Front-Peter Lister, Tyrone Sheather, Lily Bibby, Lisa Kelly, Jo Brotherton, Steve Morris, Alison Carter. Other event coordinators not present-Deb Rose, Jeanette Hickey, Jenny Harry, James Manual, Mark Learmonth.

Urunga's distinctive take on Australia Day is coming to Morgo St Reserve again on January 26.

Australia's Day - the Peoples' Day had its inaugural run last year, with a focus on acknowledging the wrongs of the past while also looking forward to building a better future together.

The placement of the apostrophe in Peoples' is not a mistake, explained Peter Lister, one of the many organisers.

"It's the 'plural possessive', to intentionally include all Australians, Aboriginal nations, nations of the world, all demographics and ethnicity," he said. "It's for absolutely everybody."

The event will begin at 8am with a reflection service and smoking ceremony recognising Gumbaynggirr history and acknowledging 60,232 years of country.

That's 232 years since European settlement began in 1788 and 60,000 years of Indigenous occupation.

Uncle Michael Jarrett will be the MC this year, instead of Robert Canning, and Aboriginal artist Lisa Kelly designed the event t-shirt, which will be worn on the day by the volunteers and available for sale in limited numbers.

The artwork depicts the Dreamtime story of Old Man Sleeping and the two rivers, Kalang and the Bellinger, where they meet the sea.

"Each side you have the green representing the green hills and pastures," Lisa said. "In the middle the circles represent the people of all nations that are a part of our great community. And the spelling of Urunga in Gumbaynggirr."

There will be live music, entertainment, free jumping castles, rides, food stalls, merry-go-round, kid's showbags, face painting, a petting zoo, a Vintage Show n Shine car exhibition and much more.

As part of the day's celebrations, Bellingen Shire Council will welcome the shire's new citizens, who will be gifted small rocks painted with Indigenous designs.

Bring the family and friends, bring a picnic or buy your food there, and come and enjoy this event brought to you by your local community in association with Urunga Mylestom Chamber of Commerce.

The stunning backdrop for the Peoples' Day celebration on January 26

The stunning backdrop for the Peoples' Day celebration on January 26