NAIDOC week celebrated in Central Highlands
AS THE red, yellow and black flag flew proudly in Clermont, the indigenous community joined together for the official NAIDOC Week opening ceremony.
With a march, traditional dancers, a barbecue, face painting, market stalls and loads of entertainment, the NAIDOC Week celebrations kicked-off with a bang.
Isaac Mayor Anne Baker said it was "wonderful to see the community join together for NAIDOC Week to celebrate the valuable role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples play in all our local communities".
"This year, we honour their devotion, sacrifice and pride in defending our country in war and conflict," she said.
"I encourage everyone to embrace indigenous people and their culture this week and to understand more about their diverse culture through literature, film, music, dance, art or attending a community gathering.''
NAIDOC Week events will continue in Emerald and Clermont until Sunday this week.
Blackwater NAIDOC Week celebrations begin next week.
9am - 1pm: Elders luncheon in Clermont
7.30am - 5pm: Elders trip to Alpha
9 - 11am: Denison State School
Culture Day at Emerald North State School
9 - 10am: Baby show and fashion parade
10am - 4pm: NAIDOC Sports Carnival, and entertainment
9am - 4pm: NAIDOC Sports Carnival finals