CELEBRATION: Helen Dodd and Katrina Johnston at the NAIDOC celebrations in Dalby.
CELEBRATION: Helen Dodd and Katrina Johnston at the NAIDOC celebrations in Dalby. Michael Doyle

Community embraces indigenous culture

FOOD, community and culture were the themes of NAIDOC Week celebrations in Dalby.

A family fun day event was held on Monday at the Dalby Hospital. Students on school holidays along with members of the community enjoyed the variety of entertainment.

Katrina Johnstone, from Goondir, said the event was a great way to integrate all members of the community with the indigenous culture.

"It is great to get the community together, whether they are indigenous or not,” Mrs Johnstone said.

"NAIDOC Week is not just about celebrating indigenous culture, but it is about involving everyone to celebrate with us.

"We invited heaps of stalls and it is great so many have come and shared this event with us.”

Organisers of the event were able to celebrate added funding from the federal government, announced this week.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the Goondir Health Service at Dalby, Oakey, Chinchilla, Miles, Tara and Taroom would benefit.

"These grants support communities across the country to hold their own events, spreading understanding and pride of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Local events have a significant role of educating and celebrating NAIDOC week and I am glad the Coalition Government is able to support these events.”


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