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Community come together for annual NAIDOC celebrations

BRUSHING UP: Ryan Williams with his daughter Jordanne, 9, at Lowood’s NAIDOC celebrations on Saturday ahead of NAIDOC Week.
BRUSHING UP: Ryan Williams with his daughter Jordanne, 9, at Lowood’s NAIDOC celebrations on Saturday ahead of NAIDOC Week. Sarah Harvey

ONE of the biggest features of the Australian population is the level of cultural diversity - with the nation priding itself on the blend of heritage that makes it great.

That attitude has been exemplified in Lowood with the community coming together once again for the town's annual NAIDOC celebrations.

Indigenous dance performances, bush tucker and boomerang craft were just some of the attractions on show at the two-day event, held at Clock Park.

Among those attending was Rosewood resident Angela Bond who spent the day promoting Aboriginal community-controlled medical service Kambu Health Laidley and Ipswich.

Ms Bond, who took part in the celebrations last year, said the event had a positive atmosphere and she was pleased to see a rise in attendance.

Kacey and Dylan Pillar at Lowood on Saturday ahead of NAIDOC Week.
Kacey and Dylan Pillar at Lowood on Saturday ahead of NAIDOC Week.

A number of talented musicians from the Somerset community provided the soundtrack for the day, including Toogoolawah-based band The Huntsmen.

Adding to the spectacle, various indigenous art created by locals, including renowned artist Sally Harrison, was on display at the nearby Open Door Art Gallery in Lowood.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said it was great to see the community embrace the NAIDOC event.

"People look forward to these celebrations," he said.

"It's a chance for the community to mix and enjoy each other's cultures."

"Our society is made up of different people and it's important to recognise that everyone plays a part."

NAIDOC week is aimed at increasing recognition of indigenous culture across Australia. It is officially celebrated nationwide from July 6 to July 13.

Friends Tina Williams, Taleah Jeffrey and Tony Rice at the indigenous cultural day at Lowood.
Friends Tina Williams, Taleah Jeffrey and Tony Rice at the indigenous cultural day at Lowood.

Topics:  indigenous culture



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