NAIDOC Street March and Fun Day in Mount Isa

The Street March headed up Rodeo Drive. Photos: Melissa North
The Street March headed up Rodeo Drive. Photos: Melissa North

The NAIDOC Street March was the biggest the organisers have ever had.

Organisers said the attendance was bigger than last year.

“In fact we think this is the biggest crowd of marchers we have ever had.”

The march started at the Outback at Isa at 9.30am after the Annual NAIDOC breakfast which was held in the Kalkadoon Keeping Place on Marion Street.

The Street March followed the route from previous years, as police controlled the traffic, they passed McDonald’s and headed through the roundabout to Rodeo Drive.

The walkers turned left after they marched into West Street and then turned into Isa Street to walk across the bridge and into the Skate Park

The marchers were welcomed with warm cheers and clapping hands as they entered the Park.

The MOB FM Family Fun Day kept everyone entertained with the dazzling vocals of Viv Edwards and the fun-loving Trish Mcnamara as the MC for the day.

The fun kicked off at 10 am with a performers from the Indigenous dancers called The Sundowners.

Art and craft stalls entertained the youth with painting and other craft ideas.

The theme for NAIDOC is ‘Because of her we can’.

The talented Kerry Major from NWRH.wrote this poem while she waited for the marchers to arrive.

BECAUSE OF HER WE CAN

Because of Viv Edwards we can, Mount Isa's inspiring songstress and creative cultural artist.

Because of Viv Edwards we can, Mount Isa's inspiring songstress and creative cultural artist.

Our Mothers, our Grandmothers

And women from time

Our Daughters, our Sisters

And those left behind.

We have lived a journey

Through heartache and pain

She has pushed us forward,

Again and again.

Because Of Her We Can

Do many things

We can take many steps forward

We can dance, laugh and sing.

She has given us joy

She has given us life

She is a Mother, a Sister

A Daughter and a Wife.

Because Of Her We Can

Now have hope

Because of her

We have learnt to cope.

Because of her

We stand here today

Let us recognise her journey

And acknowledge her pain.

Because of her

we can always be loved

Because of her

we can do so much.

She has been our first teacher

Our doctor and best friend

Because of her

We will always belong.

Kerry Major with the painting NWRH office officers did for Naidoc 2018.

Kerry Major with the painting NWRH office officers did for Naidoc 2018.