Celebrating NAIDOC Week in the Central Goldfields

Published on 05 November 2020

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The Maryborough NAIDOC Committee will celebrate NAIDOC Week with an official ceremony on Dja Dja Wurrung Country – to be live streamed for the community to enjoy.

With this year’s theme ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’, the NAIDOC Week ceremony will be live streamed to Council’s YouTube channel due to government restrictions.

The ceremony will feature a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday 12 November at 10am.

Dja Dja Wurrung Elder, Rebecca Phillips, will conduct the Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony while Dja Dja Wurring and Bangerang Descendant Aunty Kerri Douglas will MC the event.

Two Indigenous students from Maryborough Education Centre will be the official flag raisers.

The live stream will be available to view at the following link https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/maryborough-flag-raising-ceremony-tickets-127654858117

Central Goldfields Shire Chief Administrator Noel Harvey said NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia every year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.

“I encourage community members to log onto Council’s YouTube channel to watch the proceedings and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.”

Music by Tony Lovett and Jai Atkinson is also available for viewing on the Goldfields Mob Facebook page as part of NAIDOC celebrations. 

The event has been possible thanks to Anglicare Victoria, Asteria Services and Central Goldfields Shire Council.