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NAIDOC Week 2024 in the Clarence Valley

Emma Pritchard

Between July 7-14, communities across Australia will come together for NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week, an annual celebration which recognises the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

First held in the 1970s, NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to learn about the proud heritage of First Nations cultures.

This year, the theme for NAIDOC Week is ‘Keep the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud, and Proud’, which honours the enduring strength and connection to country shared and celebrated by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Throughout the Clarence Valley, there are many local interactive events and activities planned to celebrate NAIDOC Weeks in 2024.

Wednesday, July 10:

  • Lower Clarence NAIDOC Community Day at the Maclean Showground. A free community event featuring plenty of cultural activities, and fun and games for the whole family to enjoy. A free lunch will also be provided. The event will run from 10am-2pm. For additional information, please contact the Mudyala Aboriginal Corporation at
  • Morning Tea at Iluka Library. 10:30-11:30am.

Thursday, July 11:

  • NAIDOC Family Fun Day at McKittrick Park, South Grafton. Featuring a variety of market stalls including an elders tent, a photo booth, dancing, inclusive activities, and free raffles and giveaways, the event will run from 10am-2pm. For more information, please call 0490 494 848 or 0459 632 523.
  • Morning Tea and NAIDOC crafts at the Maclean Library. 10:30-11:30am.
  • NAIDOC Community Breakfast at Gurehlgam, 18-26 Victoria Street, Grafton. 7-8:30am.
  • NAIDOC Morning Tea with a NAIDOC themed story time at the Clarence Regional Library in Grafton from 10:30-11:30am.

Friday, July 12:

  • Morning Tea at Yamba Library. 10:30-11:30am.
  • Terry Randall Memorial Reconciliation NAIDOC Golf Day 2024 at the Maclean Golf Course from 9:30am. $50 per person. Ticket price includes a shirt, breakfast, BBQ lunch, golf fees, and prizes. Golf carts can be booked through the Maclean Golf Club by calling 02 6645 2183.

Monday, July 15: