Eidsvold NAIDOC march a success
NOT even inclement weather could keep the crowds away from the NAIDOC Street March in Eidsvold on Sunday.
Around 30 people of all ages participated in the march along the Burnett Highway from Moreton Street to the RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre, where the Aboriginal, Australian, and Queensland flags were raised in unison, before attendees viewed an exhibition of indigenous art and enjoyed a barbecue.
Laurel Bayles of Stepping Black said she was pleased with the turnout for the march.
"I'm very proud of the turnout we had, with the weather that we had, it was a great little turnout for the township of Eidsvold celebrating NAIDOC, voice, treaty, truth,” she said.
Director of Stepping Black, Zona Hussey-Smith, agreed, saying the rain was the only thing stopping the march from being even more successful.
"It was a really good turnout considering the weather, the only thing that stopped it being bigger was the rain, but we can't control that,” she said.
Bayles said the march was an important event for indigenous people in the North Burnett, and helped display their culture to a wider audience.
"The march that we held was very important to the First Australians, the Aboriginal people,” she said.
"We hadn't had a march in the town of Eidsvold for many years, and it was about time that we came back and started sharing our culture and showcasing how great the ancient ways we've had are,” she said.
Bayles was encouraged by the support shown by the Eidsvold community.
"I was absolutely astounded with the amount of local people that attended our NAIDOC celebrations, it showed that we are a re-united community, it shows that we do work together in our small community, and that we all strive for a better future, that we will support each other no matter what, wind, rain, or storm,” she said.
The march was just one of the events organised for NAIDOC throughout the North Burnett, with children's art activities and yarning circles being held by Stepping Black in conjunction with the North Burnett Regional Council throughout the region this week.
The art events will be held at Biggenden Memorial Hall on Monday July 8th, Monto Community Hall on Tuesday July 9th, Gayndah Community Hall on Wednesday July 10th, Mt Perry Community Hall on Thursday July 11th, and Mundubbera Community Hall on Friday July 12th.