Thursday, July 11, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

NAIDOC Pride At Northern Beaches Police Station

The Northern Beaches Police Station hosted a vibrant NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony, celebrating First Nations culture under the theme "Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud." The event featured traditional smoking ceremonies, cultural dances, and musical performances that highlighted the richness and resilience of Australia's oldest living cultures.
Attendees, including Member for Whitsunday Amanda Camm and Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert, gathered to honour the significance of NAIDOC Week, which runs from July 7 to July 14. The ceremony began with the smoking ceremony, a traditional practice meant to cleanse and protect, followed by captivating performances from local cultural groups. These performances brought to life the stories and traditions of First Nations people, emphasising the theme's call to amplify silenced voices.
The flag raising was a poignant moment, with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags hoisted alongside the Australian flag, symbolising unity and respect. The crowd stood in reflective silence, appreciating the moment's significance and the ongoing journey towards reconciliation.
The event was held amid perfect weather and with a strong sense of community, with people from all backgrounds coming together to celebrate and learn. The Northern Beaches Police Station's NAIDOC Week ceremony was a powerful tribute to the enduring spirit and pride of First Nations people, reinforcing the importance of preserving and honouring their rich cultural heritage.

My Police Mackay Whitsunday, Julieanne Gilbert and Amanda Camm

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