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All smiles after 2023 NAIDOC Celebration Walk in Ballina. Photo David Lowe.

Yesterday morning saw the temporary closure of River Street in Ballina for the annual NAIDOC Week Celebration Walk. The theme of NAIDOC this year is ‘For Our Elders’.

Despite the rain, which grew heavier, hundreds of people walked from the park near the RSL Club to the Visitors Centre, for a flag-raising and short ceremony, before morning tea and a BBQ. The route took the reverse direction of the ANZAC March, and had some parallels with that event, including the mixture of joy and sorrow and a minute’s silence before the raising of the flags.

Many jarjums joined the march this year, along with their elders, some of whom travelled in buses at the front, led by a police escort.

MC Les Moran speaking after the NAIDOC Celebration Walk in Ballina, 2023. Photo David Lowe.

Reninya Roberts used her megaphone to call for people to vote No in the voice referendum, saying it was a threat to sovereignty, while MC Les Moran later said it was up to individuals to decide how they wanted to vote, and the day was not about the Voice.

‘NAIDOC to me is always special,’ said Mr Moran. ‘It allows us to showcase our culture, our history, our language; and to teach our young ones so that they have something in the future.

‘Culture is very important to us as Aboriginal people. It’s who we are, how we identify ourselves.’

The Celebration Walk was accompanied by beautiful beats provided by a portable PA, making a change to the usual River Street vibe, with the whole event bringing flags, energy and strength to downtown Ballina.

NAIDOC celebrations continue in Ballina Shire all this week. Details are here.

Check out a mega photo gallery of the NAIDOC Celebration Walk in Ballina below (click in for full size pics):


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