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Maningrida's momentous Territory Day celebrations

12 July 2019

Maningrida’s Territory Day celebration was one for the record books with more than 800 community members taking part in the momentous occasion on July 1.
Through a great collaboration between organisations and stakeholders, the celebrations began with the younger ones enjoying the jumping castle and inflatable crocodile by Darwin Castles and this was strongly supported by SCfC. 
The kids loved the inflatables so much, the line-up was 30 metres long!
The face painting station was also very popular with the younger ones who all expressed their disappointment when it came to packing up.
There was also fantastic live entertainment with Maningrida’s very own Ripple Effect Band performing their songs for the excited crowd, before the big finale fireworks show.
Everyone was extremely patient waiting for the show to start for about 45 minutes and it was worth it because the 10 minute firework display was nothing short of amazing with cheers from the crowd the entire time.
Tivisha Bading said, “My favourite part of Territory Day was seeing the fireworks. I like seeing beautiful colours and it sparkles. It was fun to be with all of my friends.”
Francine Stuart also said, “It was good because it had lots of different colours and it sparkled. I liked going to see the fireworks with my family and friends - it was fun.”
West Arnhem Regional Council’s Youth, Sport and Recreation team would like to thank the NTG for the great support, as well as Howard & Sons, Darwin Castles for the inflatables and SCfC, BAC for generously providing the barbecue feast, AFLT NT, RSAS and GYS Youth Centre for volunteering to help out and Ripple Effect for their amazing performance. 
Thanks must also go to the Maningrida Police and MERGS.