The NAIDOC celebrations are held annually in July and it is a time to rejoice in the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Originally NAIDOC stood for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee who were the people responsible for running the activities, however the acronym has now become the name of the week in which the celebrations are held.
The Quandamooka are people of sand and water, having lived for generations along coastlines, inland waters, swamps and lakes and their people originate from three different clans. These clans are Nughi of Moorgumpin, now known as Moreton Island, Nunukul and the Gorenpul of Minjerribah (now known as North Stradbroke Island). Twelve families are represented on the Quandamooka Native Title Family Representative Steering Committee.
IndigiScapes is an environmental educational centre run by The Redland City Council. Opening in 2000, the centre has a number of themed gardens growing local native plants to the Redlands area. The gardens provide a visual display to visitors giving them an understanding of what they can grow in their own yards and what varieties will grow well together. The public can purchase many of the plants as they are sold at the centre.
For more information, you can either contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611 or go to their website. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Don't forget to bring a hat and sunscreen because you can still get burnt on sunny winter days. I wish I didn't need to go to work, as the day's agenda looks too good to miss.