Deadly Day Out cel­e­brates cul­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

TOWNSVILLE’S Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­nity’s week of cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions will cul­mi­nate in a street pa­rade and Deadly Day Out to­day.

The an­nual Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal and Is­lan­der Day Ob­ser­vance Com­mit­tee week started in Townsville on Mon­day with a flag- rais­ing cer­e­mony at Thuringowa Sound Shell, and con­tin­ued with break­fast on Wed­nes­day.

Townsville NAIDOC com­mit­tee vice- chair Daphne Tapim said the week was a time to celebrate Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der cul­ture.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for in­dige­nous and non- in­dige­nous peo­ple and young and older gen­er­a­tions to come to­gether and share sto­ries,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant for us to cel-

a ebrate the good things.”

To­day’s Deadly Day Out will start with a march along Thuringowa Drive at 10am, then a gath­er­ing at River­way Park from 11.30.

“A lot of young in­dige­nous peo­ple in Townsville and North Queens­land strug­gle with a lot of is­sues, so it’s im­por­tant they can see or­gan­i­sa­tions that work with us and who can help them in any way,” Ms Tapim said.

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