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Bega marks 30 years of service
Bega marks 30 years of service

The Boulder Town Hall was the scene of a celebration of three decades of indigenous health care by Bega Garnbirringu on Saturday.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care centre in Egan Street, the name of which translates as “sickness gets better”, turns 30 this year and the milestone was celebrated in style at the Black Pearl Ball.

Bega Garnbirringu special projects officer Nichola Hayter said the event was a great success. “The Black Pearl Ball was one of two events,” Miss Hayter said. “We had about 180 guests.”

Comedian Kevin Kropinyeri was compere for the evening, while entertainment was provided by didgeridoo player Robbie Bonney, the Ngadju Dancers and the band The China Blue Experi- ment. Bega chief executive Wayne Johnson said the organisation owed its very existence to community demand.

“Thirty years ago a community petition brought Bega into existence,” Mr Johnson said.

“The Aboriginal community members added their names to the petition to say ‘we want our own health service’.

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