Many march for NAIDOC Week

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

RECORD numbers marched across Fitzroy bridge yesterday to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

More than 2000 walkers, of all ages and backgrounds, spanned both sides of the bridge pathway for the National Aborigine and Islander Day of Observance Committee walk.

They marched from Rockhampton's Town Hall to Stapleton Park. A spokesman for the march said yesterday was the climax of a weeklong celebration.

"It's been a good week of activities,'' said David Hatfield, chairman of the NAIDOC working group. "But Friday was the big day.''

After the march the walkers were invited to lunch at Stapleton Park, with Aboriginal music, entertainment and dancing.

During the afternoon, entertainers performed the Corroboree dance.

"It's a special traditional dance done by our members,'' he said. "It was a celebration of the importance of our culture.''

Around town all week there have been a variety of Aboriginal celebrations such as art exhibits, story-telling, and historic presentations. NAIDOC Week is celebrated nationally until tomorrow.

The NAIDOC Ball, will be held in Rockhampton at 6.30pm tonight at the Mercure Inn Leichhardt.



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