Robert “Rocko” Langton was providing the live music … the gymnasium wall features a full-length mural created by Rocko, his family members and local children
William Saltner with Alecia, 3 … the day was really all about activities for the children

November 26, 2021

Cherbourg hasn’t had a lot of success this year scheduling its NAIDOC celebration with events cancelled for multiple reasons … so when the rain came on Thursday, things again looked grim.

But the Barambah Local Justice Group and the Muran Djan Centre weren’t going to be put off.

They simply moved the activities that had been planned for Cherbourg’s Memorial Park to the Sports Centre.

The Jeffrey “Mitta” Dynevor Gymnasium was filled with stalls from a number of groups sharing information and giveaways.

Special guests were from the Queensland Reds – including captain Liam Wright – who encouraged the children to pass and kick a football into a special blow-up net.

Out in the oval, other children were having a great time tossing returning boomerangs. Gundoo Early Childhood Centre and the HIPPY Program also had kids’ activities.

Volunteers from the Muran Djan Men’s Centre put on a barbecue, and there were also fruit cups and snow cones for the kids.

Cherbourg Radio broadcast live from the event, interviewing local residents as they passed by.

In the main hall, Rocko Langton provided live music.

The theme for 2021 NAIDOC was “Heal Country”.

Queensland Reds captain with Liam Wright, Alecia Pienaar, Garrick Morgan, Ema Masi and Kalani Thomas
Barambah Justice Group had lucky draws and a guessing competition, from left Aunty Dorothea Douglas and Aunty Lillian Gray
The crew from Cherbourg Radio were broadcasting live
The fire truck had to stay outside in the rain, but the fireys were indoors … Kingaroy Station Officer Matt Swainson with Cherbourg crew members, Lieutenant Daniel Cobbo and firefighters Kenny Gyemore and Gene Barrett
Former Cherbourg mayor Arnold Murray, who officially opened the NAIDOC celebrations, with Tyrone Murray
LaToya Enoch, Kimberley Appo and Kendi Grant-Freeman, from Deadly Kindys
ATSILS court support officer Mark Messer also had a table full of giveaways
Cr Leighton Costello and Steve Fisher, from the Muran Djan Men’s Centre were busy at the barbecue
The SES had heaps of giveaways … from left, Stanley Cusworth, Chaz Fuller, Peter Smith and Kathy Stewart
Sophia Fisher, Sheryl Zelinski, Brenna Prendergast and Jodi Carlo, from Child Safety

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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