Celebrating NAIDOC Week in Port Stephens: Keep the Fire Burning

This year, Port Stephens is igniting a week-long celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture for the national NAIDOC Week celebrations which run from Sunday 7 July to Sunday 14 July 2024.

The theme, "Keep the Fire Burning," reflects the ongoing need to preserve the rich traditions and knowledge of First Nations people, while fostering stronger connections within the community.

"NAIDOC Week is a chance to celebrate the incredible resilience and spirit of the Worimi people, the traditional custodians of our land," said Mayor Ryan Palmer.

"But it's not just about the past –It's about building a future where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices are heard and respected, creating a stronger, more inclusive community for everyone,” he added.

Building on past collaborations with the Worimi and Karuah Aboriginal Land Councils, the week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Port Stephens.

The Port Stephens NAIDOC week celebrations are starting early on Thursday 4 July, allowing local students to attend and participate before the school holidays begin.

Festivities kick off with a flag raising ceremony at the Council Administration Building at 10am, followed by a march down William Street, and family fun day at Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace.

Other NAIDOC Week celebrations across Port Stephens include:

  • Murrook Family Fun Day (8 July): Enjoy activities and entertainment at the Murrook Culture Centre.
  • Nelson Bay NAIDOC Event (10 July): Participate in a march followed by a family fun day at the Nelson Bay foreshore.
  • Koori Colours Clay Class with Jason Russell (11 July): Learn to make your own coolamon with a Worimi artist (bookings required).
  • NAIDOC Youth Event (12 July): Engage in cultural and youth activities at the Wahroonga/PCYC Carpark.
  • Author Visit: Lorraine Lilley (12 July): Hear a local author's story about growing up Aboriginal in the region (bookings required).

Join us this NAIDOC Week and help keep the fire of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture burning brightly in Port Stephens!

For the full NAIDOC Week program of events and booking information visit pscouncil.info/NAIDOCWeek-2024

Contact information

Name: Steph Jamieson

Phone: 4988 0219