Recognise anti-discrimination campaign lands in Port Macquarie

THE Recognise Campaign is on the charge with a relay across our country, and Port Macquarie is on the map of towns to visit.

The campaign is aiming for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to ensure there is no place for race discrimination.

Join the Journey team for a free light lunch and a chat about constitutional recognition in the park at the Lands Council in Port Macquarie today from 10am until 1pm.

It is free and open to the public to ask questions and be part of the discussion.

The Recognise relay will also visit Tamworth, Kempsey, Taree and Forster this week, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

The Journey to Recognition has clocked up more than 34,000 kilometres so far, and engaged more than 21,000 people in recognition events across Victoria, South Australia, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and now New South Wales.

Kamilaroi and Anaiwan Elder Uncle Steve "Dugan" Widders has been travelling with the Journey to Recognition relay since May, guiding the team as they wind their way around NSW.

He will once again return to the road to yarn with communities about this important movement.

"This is all about community coming together and respecting and learning more about the whole movement," he said.

"The Journey will encourage community members to become more interested, to put their hands up to participate, to share with others and to have a better idea, a clearer idea of what it's all about and the impact it will have, particularly when it comes to attempts to eliminate racism."

Over a quarter of a million Australians - 282 372 people - are now part of this historic movement for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the elimination of racial discrimination.

Locals can read more or sign up to the movement as a supporter at recognise.org.au.