The celebrations began with a flag-raising ceremony outside the council chambers, before continuing at The Pavilion at Kiama Showground
Kiama deputy mayor Neil Reilly officiated the celebrations and said that the day had a become an important date on Australia’s calendar.
‘‘Council has celebrated Sorry Day each year since Kevin Rudd made the apology and it is a significant day for the country,’’ Cr Reilly said.
‘‘We always get a good roll-up of people who come to acknowledge the Aboriginal people and it’s good to see Aboriginal people here showing the pride they have for their culture.’’
Cr Reilly also said it was important for the Kiama region to mark the day, considering that Aboriginal people from the area were greatly affected during the time of the Stolen Generation.
‘‘There were some pretty significant events that happened in that time in the area, especially down near Minnamurra River, and those events which were really atrocities can’t go unnoticed.
‘‘Through out Australia today is a day where we can give pause to consider what has happened in the pasts, but also it’s an opportunity for us to construct a better and brighter future.’’
With students from primary schools throughout the municipality attending and involved in the ceremonies, Kiama Mayor Brian Petschler said the morning was an important opportunity for the young people to learn about a significant part of Australia’s history.