Coffs Coast Celebrates NAIDOC Week 2024: ‘Keeping the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’

Coffs Coast NAIDOC Week organisers Lachlan Skinner and Noelene Skinner, with (front row) Aunty Sue, Aunty Julie and Aunty Jenny at a past NAIDOC Elders luncheon.

THE Coffs Coast community is set to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2024 (7 -14 July) with the theme ‘Keeping the Fire Burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’.

“‘Blak, Loud, and Proud’ encapsulates the unapologetic celebration of Indigenous identity, empowering us to stand tall in our heritage and assert our place in the modern world,” National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair Steven Satour said.

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“This theme calls for a reclamation of our narratives, an amplification of our voices, and an unwavering commitment to justice and equality.”

The theme was created as an invitation to all Australians to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue, fostering a society where the wisdom and contributions of Indigenous peoples are fully valued and respected.

Reflecting on the theme in light of the 2023 Voice Referendum result, local NAIDOC Week organiser Lachlan Skinner, shared his personal connection.

“For me personally, this is the perfect theme following the 2023 Voice Referendum result,” Lachlan said.

“Reminding us that even with a majority ‘no’ vote through the referendum we need to keep going.

“Our community wanted change, and we wanted it in the form of a voice in parliament.

“Unfortunately, once the results were released, I felt exhausted… like everything that we worked for, not only in the months leading up to this referendum, but everything our communities have fought for over 200 years, felt like it was for nothing.”

Through the theme, Lachlan says that Indigenous communities are reminded that the fight for rights and change has faced many barriers over 200-plus years.

“But we need to remember that we are part of the longest living and surviving culture, and that is every reason to pick ourselves up and keep moving forward,” he said.

The Coffs Coast community is encouraged to join in the celebrations across fourteen events planned for NAIDOC Week 2024, to honour the rich cultural heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to support the ongoing journey towards justice and equality.

“Fourteen events across seven days… there really is something for everyone,” said Lachlan, who is founder of OneMob Radio.

Events include NAIDOC markets, an Elders Luncheon, a ‘Glow Ball’, a music festival, kid’s disco, breakfast at Pete’s Place, community fun days and more.

“We welcome everyone and anyone to come along, join in, and celebrate with us,” Lachlan said.

For more information on NAIDOC Week events and activities, please head to the OneMob Radio Facebook or Instagram accounts @onemobradio or email


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