Thursday, July 4, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


From the 7-14th July, the Whitsundays will be full of festivities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The week of fun includes the Welcome to Whales Festival inclusive of a traditional formal welcoming to the whales by the traditional owners. Also included in the itinerary is a flag-raising ceremony and march that will take place on Monday in both Bowen and Proserpine.
Festivities will conclude with a NAIDOC family fun day in Bowen, which is set to be a day of celebrations with food, music, art, traditional dance, games, recognition of local indigenous leaders and achievers, arts and crafts, face painting and market stalls.
In addition to the week of events organised by NAIDOC, the Whitsunday Regional Libraries are also hosting NAIDOC week activities.
In Bowen library you can pick up your free bracelet activity pack from Monday 8 July to Saturday 13 July. They encourage you to take one home and enjoy a fun activity connecting with nature.
Collinsville, Proserpine and Cannonvale libraries are all hosting NAIDOC story times. Collinsville Library is hosting theirs on Wednesday 10 July at 9:30 am, Proserpine on Tuesday 9 July at 10:30 am and Cannonvale on Thursday 11 July at 10:30 am. Proserpine library is also putting on a ‘Little Library Play,’ as part of their story time.
Head along to any of the events to celebrate with NAIDOC and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is set to be a fantastic, enlightening week of activities.

WHEN: 7-14 July

NAIDOC Week celebrations at St Catherine’s Catholic College last year. Photo credit: Mackay and Whitsunday Life Newspaper

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