About NAIDOC Week, 2-9 July 2017

Albert Page, 7 and Kenny Green are part of the Ngabanjah, meaning ‘Mother Earth’, Dance Group

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities but by all Australians from all walks of life.

This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’ in celebration of the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity; linking people to their land, culture, and spirituality through story and song. This year the Fraser Coast NAIDOC Committee has put together daily events across the region, giving people an opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the spirit of reconciliation.

For more information about Fraser Coast NAIDOC week events, please visit our Facebook page, and don’t forget to like and share!


NAIDOC originally stood for the ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

Sunday 2nd July

8.30-10 am

Bayside Christian Church is honoured and blessed to celebrate NAIDOC Week this year with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities here in the bay.

We would love it if you would join us during our 8:30 am service.

The morning program will include singing by the Lilly Pilly Choir; a Didgeridoo performance, interviews with four of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church members and a number of other music items. We will be talking about this year’s NAIDOC theme and how important it is for each of us to play our part in the reconciliation process. This is an opportunity to come together to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of our local Indigenous community. Please stay on after for a sausage sizzle, damper with syrup, tea, coffee, and a cake to commemorate NAIDOC Week.

10.30 onwards

Please join us at the Fraser Coast Church of Reconciliation at Scrub Hill for a morning of fellowship and celebration. All are welcome to attend.

Where: Scrub Hill Road, Nikenbah

When: 10 am for 10.30 start.

Refreshments provided.

Monday 3rd July

Fraser Coast Cultural Centre

Hervey Bay NAIDOC Flag raising ceremony and Awards Presentation.

10am to 12pm.

The public and special guests are invited to attend the official flag raising ceremony and NAIDOC awards ceremony, followed by a light lunch and entertainment. The Fraser Coast NAIDOC Awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people, promote issues in the wider community, or the excellence they have shown in their chosen field. All are welcome to attend this free event.

Tuesday 4th July


The Indigenous Development Program Unit with PCYC will be holding their annual Mixed Police and Community Touch and Netball Event.

To accommodate the 5-12 year olds we have added a NRL Skills clinic with Scott Zhara, NRL Development Officer.

Come join in and let’s break down the barriers and show we are ONE community.

5.30pm – 8.30 pm

Ghundus Disco – School Holiday fun in Hervey Bay

If you’re aged between 4 and 12, then bring a gold coin donation and your DEADLY moves to the Hervey Bay Ghundus Disco.

Where: Hervey Bay Community Centre, Charles Street Pialba

Refreshments available.

6 pm – 8pm (Maryborough)

Come for an evening of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performers at the Bond Store.

We will be sharing song from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander singers and sharing experience’s

And insights from the 50yr Celebrations of the 1967 Referendum and also the 25th Year Mabo Celebrations.

Cost $10

Refreshments available.

Wednesday 5th July

10am -12pm (Maryborough)

Join us at Lupton Park Community Garden for a free event where we will celebrate Butchulla language, plant native seedlings and enjoy home made bush tucker.

Where: Lupton Park Community Garden, 45 Aberdeen Avenue Maryborough.

Refreshments available.

6pm – 8pm (Maryborough)

Come for an even of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers at Gatakers Art Space.

Young and older local performers and identities will perform songs special to them.

Free event.

Refreshments are available.

Thursday 6th July

10 to 11 am – The Maryborough Flag Raising and Morning Tea on the Town Hall Green.

With the Maryborough Markets on Thursday come and join us as this is a great morning Tea on the Green from.

11 am to 1 pm – The Maryborough Family Fun this year will take place at the Maryborough City Hall, Come and join us inside the Maryborough City hall and listen to performers, and see and participate in workshops such as basket weaving.

1 pm to 3 pm – The Ghundus Junior Disco is for children from 0 to year 6 located at Maryborough City Hall. Gold coin donation

Come for dance and let the kids burn off all the energy.

Refreshments are available.

Friday 7th July

8.30 am registration/ 10am start.

$60 Pay on the day. If you wish to book a golf cart then please contact the club in advance.

Teams of 4 Ambrose event

The NAIDOC golf day is a great day out for everyone in the community, you don`t even have to be a golfer to have such a great day. There will be great prizes given out on the day, from trophies to a brand new car. The NAIDOC golf day has been running for 5 years now and every year we get more and more numbers. We have fantastic local businesses supporting this event. With lots of non-indigenous and indigenous people coming to play and enjoy the day, it’s a great atmosphere.

Cost is $60 which includes : 18 holes at Hervey BAY Golf & Country Club, Morning tea, BBQ lunch & golf polo shirt.

For all enquiries please call Les Ravenau on 0429 303 077

NAIDOC Social Night

6pm till Late

A Social Night for all at the Hervey Bay Hotel – Vernon room. The awesome Jon Vea Vea will be playing his ‘Music from the soul ‘ and we also have Karaoke/music/dancing. There are some great prizes on the night, with a $500 Karaoke Party voucher courtesy of ‘Karens Krazy Karaoke’ and a lucky door prize from Hervey Bays ‘The Good Guys’ .Please be aware no meals are provided, however you can purchase your own dinner from the Hervey Bay Hotel menu.

Cost Free.

Saturday 8th July

2017 Fraser Coast NAIDOC Masquerade Ball”

 6pm till late

The culmination of a great week of events run across the Fraser Coast during NAIDOC week

This year the ball will be a magical night full of fun and mystery, whether it’s having your pics snapped by our roving photographer or grabbing some props and heading into our photo booth with friends, you will have memories to last a lifetime…

With Roving magicians and an awesome local band “Forbidden Road” The NAIDOC ball promises to deliver. There will be plenty of entertainment, magic and music and your chance to win one of the awesome Lucky door prizes up for grabs. There will be

a three course meal fit for royalty and even a free drink on arrival!!

So grab your gowns and mask up for a fantastic night at the Hervey Bay RSL

Tickets available for Purchase from Centacare Hervey Bay 41940172

And MAC housing Maryborough or online from Eventbrite.

For all event enquiries please contact:

Leon Nehow 07 4125 9366

David Timmins 07 4303 2100

Krissie Miller (NAIDOC Ball) 07 41940172

Les Ravenau (Golf Day) 0429 303 077

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