Share Culture and Traditions; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Celebrate NAIDOC Week as a Way To

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THE NAIDOC Day Celebration was alive at Gympie's Civic Centre yesterday as hundreds turned out from the region and further afield to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The event was moved from Nelson Reserve due to wet weather, but the spirit of the day was not dampened with the large crowd joining in traditional games, painting and dancing.

Cooloola Aboriginal Services Incorporated president Aunty Lillian Burke said she was very happy with the turn out, with people travelling from the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and Brisbane.

aIt's tremendous, considering the late change in venue. I'm impressed by it all,a Aunty Lillian said.

The event showcased entertainment such as traditional dancing and story-telling by Lyndon Davies and The Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, Hidden Histories by Raylene Gibbs and The Southside School Drummers.

A number of stalls promoted local businesses and government services.

Aunty Lillian said she was proud to share her culture at the event.

aIt's very fulfilling a standing here looking around the room, knowing people have taken the time to come here today and share our culture with us.

aWe're trying to achieve an understanding about where we come from a we are trying to close the gap between Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-indigenous Australians,a Aunty Lillian said. …