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Minister Scullion: Past, present and future: Supporting Palm Island’s centenary

20 Nov 2017

Joint media release
Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald

  • $100,000 for Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council support the centenary of Palm Island
  • Centenary celebrations will commence on 10 January 2018
  • Investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy

The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has announced funding to help Palm Island commemorate its history and proudly celebrate its culture in centenary events beginning in January 2018.

Minister Scullion and Townsville based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald announced the $100,000 grant while visiting Palm Island today.

“The support will help the Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council recognise and commemorate the history of Palm Island and celebrate the community’s achievements,” said Minister Scullion.

Senator Macdonald said Centenary events to mark the past will include a historical re-enactment, community parade and historical displays. ‘Future’ focussed celebrations include a sustainability forum, sports carnival, careers expo and a music festival.  Our contribution will support the celebrations throughout the year. 

 “The Coalition Government is proud to stand alongside Palm Island to mark this historic event.”

“It is fitting that centenary activities for the small but vibrant community will focus on three key themes – past, present and future.

Palm Island is encouraging visitors to take part in the celebrations, which will commence on 10 January 2018. For more information on centenary events, please visit the Palm Island Centenary 2018 Facebook Page.

Find out more

Visit the Minister's website to view the original media release.