MUNUNJALI Housing and Development Company helped the Beaudesert community kick off NAIDOC Week with a family fun day in Jubilee Park on July 7.
Mununjali House’s Robbie Antcliff said the event held great significance for people in Beaudesert.
“This year’s NAIDOC theme was “because of her we can” – which recognises the invaluable contributions women have made to their communities and still continue to make,” she said.
“It is a day to celebrate our culture and to educate the wider community.”
Ms Antcliff said a large crowd turned up for the annual event.
“At a rough guess we think there were around about 1000 people,” she said.
“Our NAIDOC event is well supported by local business and the community, which saw the return of many Mununjali descendants to celebrate NAIDOC with their mob.
“We were really happy with the attendance this year, even with the threat of rain throughout the week. With so many other activities and events happening in the Scenic Rim it was good to see so many come along to our event.”
Ms Antcliff said there was plenty to see and do at this year’s NAIDOC event.
“This year we focused our event around the community being able to be involved and have a hands on experience, so for the first time we held cultural workshops which included weaving ,painting and didgeridoo lessons,” she said.
“It was a great way for everyone to be able to come and be able to learn our culture and take something special away from the day even if it was learning a traditional greeting like Jingeri (hello).
“To keep the children active we had free rides, petting zoo and dreamworld came along with their reptiles which are always a huge success.
“There were 35 various stalls headlined by local organisations and artists.
“The highlight of the day was our dance performances by the Jabu (boys) Jabuny (girls) Club’s dance troupe Mununjali Nyumbalehla (Learning) Jarjum (children) , Mununjali Dance Troupe, Nunukul Yuggerra, Yerongpan & Torres Strait Islander group Wogga.”
Mununjali Housing and Development general manager Brad Currie said it was important for everyone to embrace the spirit of NAIDOC.
“NAIDOC Week is a national week of celebration,” he said.
“It is an opportunity for us to share our culture and a way forward for reconciliation.”