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Firstly the Townsville NAIDOC Committee would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Townsville Region. The Bindal and Wulgurukaba people, are the first known people to have lived in the Townsville region.

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This year's National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) will commence July 2024.

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Townsville NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to join together and recognise the valuable and continuing contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have made to this country.

NAIDOC Week is a celebration of significant reconciliation and closing the gap process between Indigenous and Non Indigenous people by promoting understanding, acceptance and harmony - regardless of cultural background. This also continues to strengthen new and existing partnerships. It is through these partnerships that we can lead and raise broader community awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures.

About

Townsville NAIDOC Committee


The Townsville NAIDOC committee has been in existence for 20+ years and has coordinated and delivered increasingly popular events and activities in the Townsville community.

The Townsville NAIDOC Committee is a large volunteer based cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-indigenous peoples. The Committee consists of Elders, and community members diverse in age, gender, culture, lived experience, skill sets and networks.

Through NAIDOC Week, the Committee aims to celebrate the enormous contribution Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made to Australia and provide education around each National NAIDOC Theme.

This year we celebrate ‘Keep The Fire Burning! Blak, Loud And Proud’.

Townsville NAIDOC Committee 2024 Proudly Presents

NAIDOC Flag Raising Ceremony

07 July 2024
Location/Details
  • Date: Sunday, 7th July, 2024
  • Time: 8am to 11am
  • Location: Jazzine Barracks, North Ward
  • Free community Breakfast at 8:30am followed by formalities and entertainment.

NAIDOC Corporate Breakfast

11 July 2024
Location/Details
  • Location: The Ville Resort-Casino
  • Times: 7am to 9.30am
  • Tickets: $57 Each
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NAIDOC March

12 July 2024
Location/Details
  • Date: Friday, 12th July, 2024
  • Time: 10am
  • Assemble at 9:30am at the Hinchinbrook Drive & Thuringowa Drive (beside Kirwan High School)

NAIDOC Deadly Day Out

12 July 2024
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  • Date: Friday, 12th July, 2024
  • Time: 11:30am to 4pm
  • Location: Riverway Precinct
  • Live Music, Performances, food stands and activities for the whole family.

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Being a Volunteer?

The Townsville NAIDOC Committee are calling for volunteers to register to help at the Deadly Day Out.

2024 National NAIDOC Theme

KEEP THE FIRE BURNING! BLAK, LOUD AND PROUD

This year's theme celebrates the unyielding spirit of our communities and invites all to stand in solidarity, amplifying the voices that have long been silenced.

The fire represents the enduring strength and vitality of Indigenous cultures, passed down through generations despite the challenges faced. It is a symbol of connection to the land, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As we honour this flame, we kindle the sparks of pride and unity, igniting a renewed commitment to acknowledging, preserving, and sharing the cultural heritage that enriches our nation.

"Blak, Loud and Proud" encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world. This theme calls for a reclamation of narratives, an amplification of voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality. It invites all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Through our collective efforts, we can forge a future where the stories, traditions, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are cherished and celebrated, enriching the fabric of the nation with the oldest living culture in the world.

Blak, Loud & Proud

Blak: The term “Blak” reclaims power. It’s not just blackness; it’s resilience, defiance, and pride. It’s the ink of Dreamtime stories, the pigment of rock art, and the melanin that binds us all.
Loud: Our voices echo across landscapes. They carry songs, languages, and truths. To be loud is to be unapologetically present, amplifying the echoes of ancestors.
Proud: Pride isn’t arrogance; it’s acknowledgment. It’s standing tall on Country, knowing that our roots run deep. It’s celebrating survival, resilience, and the richness of our heritage.

This year’s theme chosen by the National NAIDOC Committee, is Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud & Proud.

The theme honours the enduring strength and vitality of First Nations culture – with fire a symbol of connection to Country, to each other, and to the rich tapestry of traditions that define Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

First Nations communities, registered businesses, schools and local governments are all encouraged to apply for funding to run an activity or event that directly relates to the 2024 NAIDOC theme including;

  • arts based activities, including painting, dancing, crafts and storytelling;
  • family fun days and community activities;
  • cultural and Elders activities;
  • NAIDOC themed sporting activities or competitions, or
  • activities that actively promote Reconciliation.

2023

Corporate Breakfast

March

Deadly Day Out