Getting into the spirit of NAIDOC Week celebrations are (l-r): Jahnali Andrews, Yalmee Currie, Breanna Raymond and Tawana Togo.
Getting into the spirit of NAIDOC Week celebrations are (l-r): Jahnali Andrews, Yalmee Currie, Breanna Raymond and Tawana Togo. Tweed Daily News

Young and old unite

IN keeping with this year's NAIDOC Week theme “Honouring our elders, nurturing our youth”, Tweed elders held hands with youths in the raising of the flags at yesterday's official opening ceremony.

The ceremony kicked off the Tweed's week-long celebrations, which will culminate on Friday night with a dinner dance at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Aboriginal Co-op chairwoman and National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) member Nicole Rotumah said.

“The flag-raising ceremony was carried out by Aboriginal elders Aunty Bakoi and Aunty Kath, former Tweed mayor Max Boyd and three local kids,” Ms Rotumah said. “They raised the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags.”

Yesterday's official opening at the Minjungbal Cultural Museum also included traditional Aboriginal dances, lunch and church services.

The events, which celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and recognise the contributions of indigenous Australians in various fields, will continue today with a cultural day at the South Tweed Heads museum.

“On the cultural day there will be a Dubay group and bush tucker displays,” Ms Rotumah said.

“We have a huge sports day on Wednesday at Arkinstall Park, and the march on Friday is definitely a highlight.”

The week-long celebration has taken about five months of planning, Ms Rotumah said.

“We always have a week of celebrations.

“The whole week is just for everyone.”

Committee member Deidre Currie said she looks forward to the week all year.

“It's always an exciting time because it brings the community together,” Ms Currie said.

“We don't always see each other often, so NAIDOC week brings us together.”

Program
  • Today, from 9am, Cultural Day at Minjungbal Cultural Museum.
  • Tuesday, from 10am, Elders Day at Minjungbal Cultural Museum.
  • Wednesday, from 9am, Sports Day, Community Health Expo and Touch Comp at Arkinstall Park, and 4.30pm Pre-judging of Mr and Miss Teen and NAIDOC at Minjungbal Cultural Museum.
  • Thursday, from 10am, NAIDOC Baby Show, lunch and disco at Minjungbal Cultural Museum, and 5pm-8.30pm Children's Disco (6-12 years) at PCYC, Tweed Heads.
  • Friday, 10am, Street March, from Tweed Heads Civic Centre to Jack Evans Boat Harbour, 11am, Corroboree and Speeches in Chris Cunningham Park, and 7pm, NAIDOC Dinner Dance at Twin Towns Services Club.


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