Kyamara Kelly, of Ballina, out in front at the NAIDOC march as it makes its way along River St, Ballina.
Kyamara Kelly, of Ballina, out in front at the NAIDOC march as it makes its way along River St, Ballina.

Big turnout embraces NAIDOC Week

INDIGENOUS leaders were encouraged by the high number of participants at yesterday’s NAIDOC Week march in Ballina.

About 500 people took part in the march and flag-raising ceremony at the Ballina Visitor Information Centre.

Bundjalung elder Bertha Kapeen encouraged everyone who attended to “go home and tell your friends”.

“The walk is big today, but let’s make it bigger next year,” she said.

One of the organisers, David Kapeen, said he was heartened by the increased numbers of non-indigenous people at this year’s march, which he said was one of the best turn-outs yet.

The march was attended by members of the police force, business leaders, councillors, council staff and representatives of government agencies.

This year’s theme was Change.

A display by Aboriginal service providers, organised by the Bullinah Goorie Service Action Group in partnership with Ballina Shire Council, will be held in Missingham Park today.



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