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NAIDOC Week Awards 2016 Nomination Form

NAIDOC Week Events in Byron Shire (PROGRAM)

Monday 4 July (10.00am)
Flag Raising Ceremony and NAIDOC Week Awards Ceremony
Byron Shire Council Chambers, Station Street, Mullumbimby
All Welcome
Enquiries: 6626 7226

Tuesday 5 July (6.00pm)
Film screening presented by Flickfest, IQ and the Arakwal Corporation
Byron Cultural and Community Centre, Jonson Street, Byron Bay
Enquiries: 6685 8746 or

Wednesday 6 July (11.00am to 2.00pm)
Family Fun Day - Celebrating NAIDOC in Mullum
Childrens' Activities, Craft, Music and BBQ
Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, Dalley Street, Mullumbimby
Enquiries: 6684 1816

Thursday 7 July
Arakwal Celebration Day
March from Railway Park (10.00am) to Denning Park, Main Beach, Byron Bay
Activities and Entertainment until 2.00pm
Enquiries: 6685 8746

Get involved in Byron Shire NAIDOC Week.  For more information contact Belle Arnold on 6626 7226 or email

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 and Torres Strait Islander Flags all year round, the Flag Raising 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.

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.