MEANINGFUL DAY: Police liaison officer Michael Bong prepares for the NAIDOC flag-raising ceremony on Monday, July 6.
MEANINGFUL DAY: Police liaison officer Michael Bong prepares for the NAIDOC flag-raising ceremony on Monday, July 6. Inga Williams

Community invited to flag-raising

MEMBERS of the community are invited to attend the annual flag-raising ceremony at Yamanto Police Complex to begin Ipswich's NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Police liaison officer Michael Bong said NAIDOC week was a time when proud Ipswich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people could share their culture with the wider community.

"NAIDOC is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within Ipswich to celebrate their culture," he said.

"More and more people attend the flag-raising ceremony every year.

"This year's theme is about a strong cultural connection to the land and sea."

Superintendent Mark Kelly said the Ipswich Police District was honoured to be involved.

"NAIDOC Week celebrations acknowledge the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the local community, both in the past and in the present. It is a significant opportunity for us to reflect on their achievements," Supt Kelly said.

This year's theme is 'we all stand on sacred ground; learn, respect and celebrate'.

The National NAIDOC Committee encourages all Australians to embrace the 2015 theme, learn of their traditional names, history and stories and to respect and celebrate local and national sites of significance or sacred places.

The Ipswich celebrations will begin with a formal flag-raising ceremony at the Yamanto Police Complex on Warwick Rd in Yamanto at 10am on July 6.

For more information about NAIDOC week, visit http://www.naidoc.org.au or phone Michael Bong on 3437 2777.


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