NAIDOC Bus 2019 hits the road,
State Transit has launched a bus decorated with Indigenous artwork for NAIDOC Week in mid-July, accompanied by a smoking ceremony, the hoisting of the Aboriginal flag, and a traditional performance by the Freeman Dancers – including our own Apprentice Mechanic Kayleb Waters.
After the welcome to country, staff found the smoking ceremony a particularly moving experience. Staff put their face, hands and feet into the smoke, while an Indigenous musician Kyle Freeman played the didgeridoo. Bus Operator Terrie Bell explained: “The smoking ceremony asks the ancestors to pave the way for us; to look after us.”
The passion of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff is what drives initiatives like this. Keep an eye out for our wonderful bus that is taking customers to and from their destination all around Sydney.