As the State MP representing all of the peoples of North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah) I would like acknowledge the Quandamooka people as the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which you are gathered today.
As you gather today on North Stradbroke Island, it is important that the Quandamooka people be acknowledged and recognised as the original inhabitants of the land, who have cared for this land continuously until now.
I would especially like to acknowledge elders past and present including Aunty Margaret Iselin and Aunty Lyn Shipway for the role they have played in bringing together this important NAIDOC celebration. I would also like to acknowledge the Nunagal, Ngugi and Goenpal people of Minjerribah and Moorgumpin
Although unable to be with you, I would like to extend a warm welcome as you gather to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. NAIDOC represents a great opportunity for all to celebrate cultural diversity and to develop closer bonds and greater unity. I celebrate with you this great opportunity to preserve, and share the richness of culture with all people.
It is important that we continue to give due recognition and address the needs of all within our communities as we do within our own families in order to build an inclusive Australia.
Let all Australians celebrate with us our cultural diversity and together build a united and prosperous community.
It is my privilege to support this wonderful event. I appreciate all the work the elders in council do and I wish you well during your NAIDOC celebrations.
May God bless you all,
Mark Robinson MP
Member for Cleveland