Highlands wins as teens stand out
THE Central Highlands' indigenous teenagers were the toast of Emerald as they threw on their best frocks and suited up for Emerald's first NAIDOC Ball on Friday.
Overall winner of the night Jesse Goodwin, of Emerald, was crowned Mr NAIDOC alongside Miss Photogenic Samantha Graham, Mr Personality Nathan McAvoy and Miss Runner Up Effie Saunders of Blackwater.
The NAIDOC Ball was held as part of Emerald's NAIDOC Week celebrations last week.
Three male and four female indigenous entrants competed for the title of Mr and Miss NAIDOC.
Event organiser Neil Hassall said the Emerald NAIDOC celebrations, including an elders lunch, flag-raising and family fun day, were a treat for the Central Highlands community.
"It was fantastic to see all the community get behind NAIDOC Week, with it providing the opportunity for the indigenous community to share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with the wider community," Mr Hassall said.
"Friday night was a really great night.
"It was good to see everyone dressed up for the occasion," he added.