Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Coffs Harbour on Monday

MUURRBAY Aboriginal Language and Cultural Co-operative is heading north this Australia Day - to the Saltwater Freshwater Festival in Coffs Harbour.

They will have a special stall, displaying their language books and teaching resources as part of the locally-grown, highly acclaimed indigenous festival that has been celebrating the spirit of Aboriginal culture on the Mid North Coast (Gumbaynggirr, Biripi, Dunghutti and Worimi people) since 2010.

There will be staff and board members there all day to talk to people about language as well as times and dates of classes in 2015.

A crowd of over 10,000 is expected at the festival, which features acclaimed Aboriginal singer-songwriter Archie Roach plus ever-popular local woman, Emma Donovan with her band The Putbacks, and much more.

There will also be cultural workshops, kid’s activities, yarn space, youth area, market stalls and food from the heart of these saltwater/freshwater communities.

The festival will be at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens, corner of Hardacre and Coffs sts, from 9am to 5pm, there is no entry fee but donations are gladly accepted. 

As parking is strictly limited at the Botanic Gardens, festival-goers are encouraged to park at Coffs Harbour Racecourse and make use of the free, regular festival shuttle bus  that drops festival-goers at the festival gate. 

Alternative options are to park in the city centre and walk to the festival via Fitzroy Oval or to book a seat on the Community Transport Bus.  

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As the big day approaches it is all hands on deck for the hard-working team and fresh volunteers are always welcome.

If you would like to lend a hand, volunteer applications can be found at or simply call 6658-1315.