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Logan comes together to celebrate NAIDOC Week

Published: 7 July 2015

Logan comes together to celebrate NAIDOC Week
(L-R) Tjiangu Thomas, Kyle Weatherall, Aunty Betty McGrady, John McGrady, Thomas Boase, Brady Arabena come together for NAIDOC Week at Logan Art Gallery.

Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community joined local and state government representatives at Logan Art Gallery this morning to mark NAIDOC Week.

The Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Australian flags were raised at ceremony in front of more than 150 people to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Mayor Pam Parker said NAIDOC Week was an important annual celebration of Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

"NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to support Logan's Aboriginal or Islander community and acknowledge those who give selflessly to our city, who excel in business, the arts, sport, education, the community sector or in the service of Australia," she said.

Mayor Parker acknowledged Logan's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders, and in particular Aunty Peggy Tidyman and Aunty Kerry Charlton, for their work to make this year's NAIDOC flag raising ceremony a special event.

The flag raising event featured speeches from indigenous leaders and videos about the impacts of tourism on Uluru and the history of Aboriginal people who served Australia in the First World War.

The Queensland Theatre Company's artistic director Wesley Enoch talked about growing up in the City of Logan as well as highlighting the contributions indigenous diggers made to Australia's war effort during the First World War, a subject that inspired his play Black Diggers.

Former Woodridge State High School student Thomas Boase, now a lieutenant with the Australian Army, spoke about the influence elders in his community had on him growing up.

He encouraged younger people to be receptive to the stories of their heritage and respect the knowledge passed down to them from their elders.
 
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information visit http://www.naidoc.org.au/