Entertainment

Idol star rocks uni campus

Casey Donovan performs during NAIDOC celebrations at SCU's Gold Coast campus.
Casey Donovan performs during NAIDOC celebrations at SCU's Gold Coast campus. John Gass

SOUTHERN Cross University's Gold Coast campus rocked on Tuesday when Australian Idol Casey Donovan belted out three heartfelt songs to a gathering of local indigenous people and students at the campus.

Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder Michael Anderson joined Ms Donovan at the university's annual NAIDOC family celebrations.

Mr Anderson reflected on the struggles Australia's Indigenous peoples faced to gain equality and land rights, referring to his school days at Walgett.

Mr Anderson said the Tent Embassy remained as relevant as it first was 40 years ago when he established it on the lawn of Old Parliament House.

"The fact that the Tent Embassy continues to operate indicates to everyone concerned and not only Aboriginal people that there is still something terribly wrong," he said.

Although Mr Anderson said indigenous Australians needed to be pro-active and not expect others to fight for them.

"We need to do it for ourselves," he said.

Mr Anderson expected the Tent Embassy to remain in place until a compact treaty arrangement was drawn up with the state and federal governments and territories.

"A treaty will create a pathway where Aboriginal people will take ownership and in some cases joint ownership of programming in Aboriginal affairs rather than the current policy of total assimilation," he said.

Ms Donovan said she had "good vibes' about the land around Coolangatta.

She sang "Ain't No Sunshine,"  and gained thunderous applause.

Leilani Summers brought her family to the event and said NAIDOC celebrations were a crucial part of her culture.

"It's a rare chance for Aboriginal people to come together," she said.

"I'm thrilled to see Casey and Michael here.

"They are examples of just how successful many indigenous people are."

NAIDOC events are an opportunity to share and acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Topics:  casey donovan, entertainment, gold coast, indigenous, music, naidoc, southern cross university



Defiant Gulaptis dumped after speaking out on greyhound ban

Chris Gulaptis  Photo Contributed

Gulaptis dumped for speaking out on greyhounds

Latest deals and offers

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m