Naidoc Flag Raising Ceremony To Mark The Start Of Naidoc Week

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Media Notification

Friday 27 June, 2008




July 2008             

NAIDOC flag raising ceremony to mark the start of NAIDOC week

The City of Melbourne’s NAIDOC Week flag raising ceremony will take place today, Monday 7 July

2008 from 2pm outside Town Hall, with the Lord Mayor John So welcoming Indigenous community

members and inviting them to raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. 

This flag raising ceremony officially marks the start of NAIDOC Week 2008, which celebrates the

survival of Indigenous culture and the Indigenous contribution to modern Australia. 

The Lord Mayor John So said that the City of Melbourne

was proud to support and celebrate the

history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and would like to

encourage all Melburnians to participate in NAIDOC Week activities.

“NAIDOC week is not only a great way to celebrate indigenous culture, but also build positive

community relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

“Make sure you take the opportunity to come into the City, where the theme will be ‘Walking Talking

Living Black’ between July 6 - 13 to join in the many events and activities”, the Lord Mayor said.

Councillor David Wilson, Chair of Community Services, said that NAIDOC Week was celebrated not

just in the Indigenous community, but also in increasing numbers of government agencies, schools,

local councils and workplaces.

“This year there will be a strong focus on interactive student activities – including Indigenous music

programs, speakers, arts and crafts, storytelling and study throughout Victorian schools. 

“In 2008 The City of Melbourne, has been a major supporter of NAIDOC Week, and we encourage

all to support the celebrations,” Councillor Wilson said.


NAIDOC Week 2008 - Flag Raising Ceremony with the Lord Mayor and Indigenous

community members raising the flags. 


2 pm today, Monday 7 July 2008


Outside Melbourne Town Hall (on the side adjacent to the flag poles).  


Subsequent function will be in the Supper Room, 3rd floor, Melbourne Town Hall

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For further media information please contact:

Phil Buckley, Media Adviser, City of Melbourne 

Paul Williams 

Ph: (03) 9658 8426 / 0409  425873 

Lord Mayor’s Media Adviser


Ph: (03) 9658 9484 / 0411 235434


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