Key themes of reflection, community spirit and remembrance will be shared across Queensland as part of Christmas celebrations in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Curtis Pitt said this year’s holiday season held particular significance for several communities.

“Specifically Aurukun, Cherbourg, Doomadgee and Kowanyama have faced many challenges, adversity and, in some cases, tragedy this year,” he said.

“This will make the coming together of community more important than ever.

“It is an opportunity to reflect, recognise and be thankful after a difficult period.

“Queenslanders celebrate Christmas in their own way but the values of family, togetherness and giving are shared by all Queenslanders.”
Mr Pitt encouraged all community members to get involved in local celebrations.

“There’s a great vibe around communities with state and local government staff, local businesses, community organisations and residents including young people working together to deliver various festivities,” Mr Pitt said.

“We should also remember the holidays can be an isolating time for some, which makes these events to engage and unify communities even more essential.
“I encourage all locals to check out the events happening in their area including the various sports, recreational activities and Christmas festivities on offer.”

Some activity highlights include:

  • Aurukun’s Community Christmas Party
  • Coen’s Christmas lights competition
  • Doomadgee’s Band Disco Christmas party
  • Hope Vale’s Christmas fete
  • Lockhart River’s Christmas Movie Night
  • Pormpuraaw’s fireworks display
  • Yarrabah’s Carols by Candlelight, nativity play and fireworks display

Source: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2016/12/11/community-key-to-christmas-celebrations