Mayor opens NAIDOC Week celebrations
  • Thursday 10 July 2014


Sunshine Coast Council recognised the history, culture and achievements of the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a flag raising ceremony to open NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Mayor Mark Jamieson joined representatives of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities at 10am on Monday, July 7 at council’s Nambour office courtyard located on the corner of Currie and Bury Streets.

Mayor Jamieson said council is committed to a community that respects the culture, history and heritage of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples when it endorsed its Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-16.

“Council values the heritage of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples and acknowledges their rich contribution to the Sunshine Coast region,” he said.

"NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity to officially honor this significant contribution - I encourage the community to join the 2014 NAIDOC Week celebrations.”

The community is invited to join in the NAIDOC Week celebrations by attending a book launch of local Indigenous author Gregg Dreise at three of the Coast’s library branches.

Gregg Dreise is a descendant of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. He was born and raised in St George, Queensland – the youngest of eight in a family that loved sport, music and poetry. Gregg’s mother (Lyla Dreise-Knox) inspired him to write. Her poetry has entertained the family (as well as magazine and newspaper readers) for many decades.

His children’s book Silly Birds recounts the ups and downs of Maliyan, a proud eagle who always looks, listens and sees things from a long way away. A Sunshine Coast primary school teacher, Gregg has produced striking, richly-textured illustrations of Australian animals to illustrate his gently humorous morality tale about choosing your friends wisely and listening to the wisdom and experience of others.

The story was inspired by a yarn told by Gregg’s uncle, Reg Knox, about how he worked with some Italian farmers who trained a cockatoo to speak English and Italian.

Gregg will be telling traditional tales and playing the didgeridoo to children of all ages at the following sessions:




Maleny Library

Wednesday, July 9

10am – 11.30am

Kawana Library

Wednesday, July 9

2pm – 3pm

Coolum Library

Thursday, July 10

10am - 11am

Bookings are essential. Gregg’s book Silly Birds will be available for purchase on the day.

For more information about NAIDOC Week events view the ‘what’s on calendar’ on council’s website.

NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’ which was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week. This acronym has since become the name of the week itself.