In line with the National NAIDOC Committee’s decision, the Central Highlands Regional Council has postponed its NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) celebrations across the region.
Postponed celebrations include the welcome ceremonies in Blackwater and Emerald.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Kerry Hayes said he understood the disappointment these postponements would cause among the community, but they were made in the interest of public safety.
‘We believe the escalating COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis would have devastating impacts on First Nations People within our communities, especially our Elders and those with chronic health issues,’ Mr Hayes said.
‘We are in the process of rescheduling our NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations for towards the end of the year.
‘We will continue to work closely with the National NAIDOC Committee and our partners for NAIDOC Week 2020.’
For more information about NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au