[singlepic id=202 w=320 h=240 float=left]State Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt MP, will join Darryl White, former Brisbane Lions AFL player, basketball legend Brian Kerle, Joel Khalu from the Cairns Taipans and Derek Collins, Traditional Games at the Which Way? Our Way NAIDOC Multi Sports Day at Parramatta State School from 10.00am – 3.00pm today.
Mr Pitt said he was very pleased to be taking part in these important celebrations and looked forward to joining our sports stars and our community members to participate in sports clinics today with Cairns Taipans (Basketball), AFL Cape York (Australian Rules), Queensland Remote Indigenous Hockey (Hockey), and Far North Queensland Recreation Sports Management (Indigenous Soccer program).
Mr Pitt said it’s fantastic that the Bligh Government is supporting NAIDOC Week by facilitating these events.
“One of the targets in the Bligh Government’s blueprint for the next decade, Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland, is to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by 2020,” Mr Pitt said.
“The benefits of regular physical activity are well-documented and our sport and recreation priorities are focused on making sure everyone has an opportunity to get out and get active.
“There are many inspirational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and 50,000 years of history and culture that we should rightly be proud of and celebrate.
“This year we have a new preamble to the Queensland Constitution which formally recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as our First Australians.
“The preamble begins a fresh chapter in Queensland’s history and it is an important step forward in our shared reconciliation journey.
Mr Pitt said the 2010 National NAIDOC theme is Unsung Heroes – Closing the Gap by Leading Their Way.
“NAIDOC is a time of reflection and a time to look forward with new optimism knowing that together we can achieve what we put our collective minds to and that includes a stronger, fairer and healthier Queensland.”
NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.
Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first week of July each year.