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Due to the wet and unpredictable weather, the Byron Shire NAIDOC Week organising collective have  implemented a wet weather plan.

All events will go ahead.  If on the day of the event there is significant rain - Wet Weather alternatives are listed below as follows

Monday 6 July – Flag Raising Ceremony –  will be at Byron Shire Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby (inside)

Wednesday 8 July – Mullumbimby Family Fun Day, will be at Mullumbimby Civic Hall (next door to the Neighbourhood Centre)

Thursday 9 July – Bundjalung of Byron Bay Family Cultural Day, will be at Byron Community Centre, Jonson Street Byron Bay.

The Byron Shire NAIDOC Week organising collective would like to thank Julie Williams (Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre)  and Paul Spooner (Byron Community Centre)  for their support in providing wet weather alternatives to our special week.

See you at NAIDOC Week!!!

Monday 6 July 2015

Byron Shire Council presents the NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony

10:30 am at the Byron Shire COuncil Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby. (poster below)




Wednesday 8 July

Mullumbimby NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day

11am Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, 55 Dalley Street, Mullumbimby

(poster below)



Thursday 9 July

Bundjalung of Byron Bay, Arakwal People present a Cultural Celebration

10 am Railway Park March to Main Beach

11am Main Beach, Byron Bay



Byron Shire Council works with the communtiy each year to develop a fantastic program of events for NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

All Byron Shire residents are encouraged  to participate in the celebrations and activities that take throughout the Shire during NAIDOC Week.

Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony

One of the regular events of the annual Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Calendar is the Flag Raising and Byron Shire NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony.  This event takes place on the Monday of each NAIDOC Week and is hosted by Byron Shire Council at the Council Chambers in Mullumbimby.  The Flag Raising.  Even though Byron Shire Council flies the Aboriginal andTorres Strait Islander Flags all year round the Flag Raising Ceremony is  Ceremony is an important symbolic  event that pays homage to the Indigenous Nations of Australia.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contribute to our community in a variety of ways including music, art, culture, community, education, environment, sport and politics.

These awards are about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our community for the contribution they are making. Below are the categories for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people only.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Award Categories

  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Child of the year (Under 12)
  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Youth of the year (12 ‐ 25)
  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Person of the year 26 +
  • Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander Community Elder or Leader of the Year
  • Aboriginal Artist or the year (Including painting, drawing, video, musician, dancer performer)
  • Aboriginal Sportsperson of the year

In addition, many non indigenous people work tirelessly to improve the lives of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

NAIDOC Week Awards ‐ the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander community recognises the contributions of the following person/ organisation to the advancement / betterment of the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander community:

Open Categories

  • Caring for Country ‐ Environment
  • Health Service Provider
  • Educator
  • Community Not For Profit Organisation.

Koori Kids NAIDOC School Initiatives

The Byron Shire Council is also a proud supporter of the Koori Kids NAIDOC School Initiatives. The aim of the initiatives is to provide our school children with a greater understanding of the importance of friendship and cultural diversity. The competitions (colouring in, short story, creative writing and essay writing) reflect Aboriginal ancestry and promote the growth of positive attitudes in all students towards Aboriginal people. The competitions are broadly based around each year’s national NAIDOC theme.


Previous NAIDOC Week Programs