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Two-day festival planned for Moama

Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring Archie Roach and Kevin Kropinyeri.

CHLOE PICKARD July 30, 2014 3:56am

Clayton Murray-Mitchell.

An Echuca man is planning a two-day festival in Moama featuring musician Archie Roach and comedian Kevin Kropinyeri.

Wemba Wemba, Ngandjon-jji and Yorta Yorta man Clayton Murray-Mitchell has been planning the 3 Rivers Festival since he received a grant by the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership in November.

He hopes the new festival will promote healthy living and bring people together.

The festival will include a touch football competition, health stalls and an arts and crafts market as well as music.

‘‘I want to build self-esteem and confidence with the youth around here and get them interested in sport or music,’’ Mr Murray-Mitchell said.

‘‘For myself I found that was a good way to make friendships and learn new things and the opportunity to travel.’’

As well as working as a health educator, a case worker and an education worker, Mr Murray-Mitchell has opened a show for international rapper 50 Cent as a member of hip hop group Yung Warriors.

He has also toured nationally, performing in multiple Aboriginal dance groups and represented Echuca in football and basketball.

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership is calling for applications for a $210,000 grant, across three years, to go to an established leader and two $30,000 awards for emerging leaders.

Mr Murray-Mitchell encouraged young Aboriginal people to apply for the grant, especially if they were passionate about making positive changes to the community.

‘‘It’s great to be supported and recognised by the fellowship for indigenous leadership and be provided with a good opportunity to work on a project I feel passionate about and also give back to my community,’’ Mr Murray-Mitchell said.

The 3 Rivers Festival will be held at Moama recreation grounds on November 22-23.

Those interested in being part of the festival, should contact Mr Murray-Mitchell on

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