Shanila Major, Josephine Anderson, Letitia Smith and Teo Majorat the NAIDOC Week Baby Show
Shanila Major, Josephine Anderson, Letitia Smith and Teo Majorat the NAIDOC Week Baby Show Jann Houley

Goreng Goreng girl vies for Miss NAIDOC 2019

LETITIA Smith moved to Rockhampton only a few months ago and she is already out in the community, vying for this year's Miss NAIDOC award.

Miss Smith attended the NAIDOC Week Baby Show at Bidgerdii Community Health in North Rockhampton yesterday, where she said she was keen to learn about the locals' stories.

"I entered Miss NAIDOC to get more involved in the local community, especially the elders' point of view,” she said.

FAMILY DAY: Ja'scha Kelly, Holly Fisher, Gavin Henry Mitchell, Tatum Fisher, Kadie Aascob and Saphire Ryan at yesterday's NAIDOC Week Baby Show.
FAMILY DAY: Ja'scha Kelly, Holly Fisher, Gavin Henry Mitchell, Tatum Fisher, Kadie Aascob and Saphire Ryan at yesterday's NAIDOC Week Baby Show. Jann Houley

"We need that to make a change in the community.”

She was transferred to Rockhampton's Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) office after holding a similar traineeship out in Emerald.

But she spent the last month mentoring young people as part of a leadership program in Brisbane.

"I bring people together to discuss our issues, and try to make them not become big issues,” Miss Smith said.

"I literally just got home on Saturday.”

Holly Fisher, Tamsyn Tatow, Nakeisha Aroh and Mackenzie Tatow at the NAIDOC Week Baby Show.
Holly Fisher, Tamsyn Tatow, Nakeisha Aroh and Mackenzie Tatow at the NAIDOC Week Baby Show. Jann Houley

The Miss NAIDOC award, which raises funds for and awareness about indigenous welfare, is announced at the ball on Saturday night.

In the meantime, Miss Smith is helping her fellow CQID staff prepare for this Thursday Kup Murri feast at the CQUniversity campus.

"It's a deadly place to work; I love it,” she said.

Having moved to an area where she has no family, Miss Smith describes herself as a "lone wolf”.

Shemica Broome, Arlyah and Colin Jarrett at the NAIDOC Week Baby Show.
Shemica Broome, Arlyah and Colin Jarrett at the NAIDOC Week Baby Show. Jann Houley

Miss Smith comes from the Goreng Goreng people in Bundaberg where she was raised by her Nan.

The Goreng Gorengs' land is between Baffle Creek to Agnes Water in the north, extending west to Kroombit Tops.

See page 29 of tomorrow's Morning Bulletin for more photos from the NAIDOC Week Baby Show.



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