Indigenous culture and heritage was the focus of the Booin Gari festival held by United Synergies on 3 April 2012. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts visitors from across Queensland, keen to acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous culture on the Sunshine Coast. The Commissioner, Elizabeth Fraser attended to meet and talk to local community representatives about issues affecting children and young people in the region. The Commissioner also attended the exhibition of young Indigenous talent in music, dance and art called Sounds Like Me. A series of Sounds Like Me workshops are now being held for Indigenous young people across the Sunshine Coast as an opportunity to connect with their culture and explore their feelings of their identity.
Commission staff provided an information stand at the event and met with stakeholders from other community service providers and members of the public. The more popular topics for Commission staff were around the blue card system, the Commissionís complaints function and requests for Commission branded promotional items. Almost 600 members of the public passed through the event with many individuals, adults and children stopping by to enquire about the Commissions functions and services. Commission staff are currently following up specific enquiries about further community engagement events and the availability of Commission reports.
Last Updated: April 11, 2012