Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Flags Raised And Spirits Soar For NAIDOC

National NAIDOC Week began on Monday 8th July, with a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Mackay Regional Council, marking the start of a week-long celebration of Indigenous culture, history, and achievements.
The event saw the participation of numerous community members, who gathered to witness the ceremony and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Tchundal Malar Aboriginal Dancers and the Mackay Torres Strait Islander Cultural Group delivered exceptional performances, captivating the audience with their traditional dances.

Photo credit: Lee Brake, Mackay Regional Council

Culture In Full Colour

Mayor Greg Williamson said the flag-raising ceremony and morning tea was a tremendous tradition that unified the community and kicked off the local NAIDOC celebrations in a meaningful way. “This is a wonderful event that brings our community together to celebrate Indigenous culture, history, and diversity,” he said. Mayor Williamson also highlighted the significance of community involvement and the sharing of culture through performances by the Tchundal Malar Aboriginal Dancers, Mackay Torres Strait Islander Dancers, and local Didgeridoo player Lyndon Francis.
NAIDOC Week will continue today with the NAIDOC Street Parade to Queens Park. Assembly for the parade will begin at 9am in Macalister Street, with the march set to commence at 10am. The parade will conclude at Queens Park around 11am, where the NAIDOC Family Fun Day will feature a showcase of cultural performances and food stalls. Approximately 60 community and cultural information stalls will be onsite until 3pm.
NAIDOC Week is celebrated across Australia in the first week of July each year, from Sunday to Sunday, to recognise and honour the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It offers an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and to participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.
This year's theme, "Blak, Loud and Proud," emphasises the unyielding spirit of Indigenous communities and invites everyone to stand in solidarity, amplifying voices that have long been silenced. The theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.
The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite numerous challenges. It symbolises the connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As this flame is honoured, it kindles the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches the nation.
Through collective efforts, a future can be forged where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the wisdom and contributions of the oldest living culture in the world.

Caption: Photo credit: Lee Brake, Mackay Regional Council

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