Children come together to embrace city's cultural heritage

Uncle Bill Bonner demonstrating how to throw a boomerang to Angelique Bradley from Ipswich West State School as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations at Ipswich Central State School on Tuesday.
Uncle Bill Bonner demonstrating how to throw a boomerang to Angelique Bradley from Ipswich West State School as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations at Ipswich Central State School on Tuesday. Sarah Harvey

HUNDREDS of Ipswich school children came together yesterday to embrace the city's indigenous heritage as a part of NAIDOC celebrations this week.

Ipswich Central State School hosted Blair, Brassall, Central, North Ipswich, West Ipswich, Amberley and Leichhardt primary schools to revel in the spirit of indigenous cultural dancing, games and storytelling led by Pass Australia.

Program co-ordinator and former Brisbane Lions and Collingwood Magpies player Anthony Corrie said NAIDOC enabled Ipswich children to engage with their community and learn about the contributions of indigenous Australians.

"It's great to be able to showcase the rich history and influences behind the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to both the indigenous and non-indigenous kids," Mr Corrie said. "Ipswich is home to many indigenous families and there is a growing need within our community for unique school-based programs like those provided by Pass Australia. Everyone can make a difference to our indigenous kids and families by investing in generational change."

Councillor Andrew Antoniolli thanked Pass Australia for its contribution to empowering indigenous youths and called on the Ipswich community to do its part in giving kids a healthy and positive lifestyle.

"Cultural festivities like NAIDOC provide an avenue for people to come together and learn more about the different cultures."

NAIDOC Week

  • NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Its origins trace back to the Aboriginal rights movement of 1938.


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