March opens Port Lincoln NAIDOC Week 2019

Port Lincoln students and community members marched together as one to open NAIDOC Week celebrations in the community for 2019, under the theme of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth'.

NAIDOC Week events in Port Lincoln traditionally begin with the community march, which this year saw hundreds of participants start from the stage on the foreshore and go up Tasman Terrace, finishing near the Port Lincoln Yacht Club.

Students from Port Lincoln schools, as well as students from Poonindie and Tumby Bay joined in the march along with local community members.

A small ceremony was held after the march, with a Welcome to Country provided by Renee Richards and a speech from Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty.

In his speech Mr Flaherty referred to this year's theme of 'Voice, Treaty, Truth', which were three key elements from the Uluru Statement from the Heart in 2017.

He said Port Lincoln was a wonderful place but there were differences within the community.

"It is our responsibility to move forward as a single group that is respectful to all and keen to see our young people excel at their chosen paths," he said.

"This will ensure that Port Lincoln is a successful regionality that has different pasts but strong similar goals for our future."

NAIDOC Week Committee member Morgan Hirschausen said there was a great turnout and it was great for the community to come together to be inclusive.

Events continue with a dress-up disco at Mallee Park on Tuesday followed by a community cookout at the Mallee Park Wombat Pit on Wednesday and the elders lunch at the Grand Tasman Hotel on Thursday.