This year promises biggest NAIDOC Week celebration ever seen
THE Fraser Coast's Indigenous community is gearing up for the biggest celebration of NAIDOC Week the region has ever seen.
The annual event, to be held from July 7 to 14, recognises the contribution indigenous people have made to Australia.
But the Fraser Coast won't just be in celebration-mode for the official week - organisers have a jam-packed calendar of events stretching from June 28 to July 12.
"We have a very proactive committee this year," said Martine Britton, Maryborough Aboriginal Corporation for Housing and Cultural Development.
"Many local indigenous organisations are involved in the planning process."
Kicking off the celebrations will be the NAIDOC Family Concert at the Brolga Theatre on June 28, featuring local indigenous performers.
The next day will see the Queensland Police Service rugby league team take on the Fraser Coast Warriors.
There will be two family fun days - the first in Scarness Park on July 1 and the second at the Brolga Theatre on July 5.
There will be flag raising ceremonies in both cities, workshops, a movie night, golf day and, of course, the annual Fraser Coast NAIDOC Ball.
An exciting addition to this year's celebrations will be a special exhibition to be on display at the Maryborough Art Gallery featuring artwork by indigenous students.
"There are about 20 students doing an art program at the moment," Ms Britton said. "Their completed pieces will go in the exhibition."
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2013 is We Value the Vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. The theme honours the 50th anniversary since the Yolngu people sent two bark petitions to Federal Parliament protesting mining rights on land excised from Arnhem Land.