Children get artisitic to celebrate NAIDOC Week

WRITE IDEA: Jannae Johnson, 8, and Juliri Johnson, 7, enjoyed making their books at the Indigenous story time and art session at the Gladstone Regional Library.
WRITE IDEA: Jannae Johnson, 8, and Juliri Johnson, 7, enjoyed making their books at the Indigenous story time and art session at the Gladstone Regional Library. Mike Richards

CHILDREN played with paint and learned local indigenous words for animals at the Gladstone City Library on Tuesday, as part of a NAIDOC Week story-time session.

A mural celebrating the contribution of indigenous servicemen and women in defending Australia was also created by the children, with guidance from local artist and Bailai woman Trisha Coleman.

The 20 youngsters also made books with drawings of local native animals that they annotated with local language words.

Eight-year-old Jannae Johnson enjoyed the indigenous story time and art session.

"We do our own picture and make our own book," she said.

It's good to know the Bailai tribe words, said Jannae, who is from the Gooreng Gooreng tribe.

"If you're beside someone and they don't know the words, you can tell them."

Librarian Bettina Nissen said the activities celebrated local indigenous language and culture and would build towards bigger things.

"We don't have any books with local language in them, so we're working on a bigger project where we can actually make and publish some books in local language," she said.

NAIDOC week events


  • 10am-2pm: Deadly Choices Youth Sports Day, Gladstone Netball Courts.


  • Noon-4pm: QGC Memorial Golf Day at Calliope Golf Course.


  • 9.30am: NAIDOC march, Anzac Park.
  • 11am-3pm: Family Fun Day, Barney Pt Beach.
  • Evening: NAIDOC Awards announced.


  • 7pm: Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir at Shed 19, 19 Dalrymple Dr, Gladstone.

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