NAIDOC Week celebrations kick into full swing this week in Port Stephens and one of the more popular events - an art exhibition from Raymond Terrace Aboriginal artist and former councillor Peter Kafer - is returning for another season.
Mr Kafer will be exhibiting a dozen of his paintings at the Centrelink office in Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace, for the week.
"I have been showcasing my paintings at the Centrelink exhibition for NAIDOC Week for some years now with some success. The works are all part of my 'Mother Earth' series of paintings (Mareiin Bembul)," Mr Kafer said.
"Aboriginal art has always been a passion of mine, dating back 40 years or more."
Mr Kafer's paintings have, in fact, been gaining some notoriety in more unusual places, including in Europe, the US and now in Africa.
On July 2 the indigenous artist and proud Dharawahl man attended the Botswanan High Commission in Canberra to present that nation's Acting High Commissioner Mr Kesegofetse Unoda Mazongo with a specially framed piece of artwork.
"A Botswanan friend of mine suggested I undertake this project. The painting is my interpretation of the world heritage listed Okavango Delta in Botswana, a similar place to our Kakadu," he said.
"I donated the painting to the people of Botswana as a gift ... it's my way of spreading Aboriginal art and exchanging cultures with another indigenous people."
Mr Mazongo said he was extremely excited to have received the surprise gift.