ABOUT PALM ISLAND
Palm Island, also known as Great Palm Island, or by the Aboriginal name Bwgcolman, is a tropical island with a resident community of about 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The island is 50km East of Ingham and 65 kilometres north-west of Townsville, on the east coast of Queensland, Australia. It is the main island of the Greater Palm group, and consists of small bays, sandy beaches and steep forested mountains rising to a peak of 548 metres.
Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council manages the Aboriginal Shire of Palm Island, a special local government area of Queensland, Australia, under a Deed of Grant in Trust granted to the community on 27 October 1986. Our vision is to promote a safe and healthy Shire that invests in our future growth whilst respecting and preserving the Aboriginal traditions of the Palm Islands.
ABOUT THE EVENTS
2018 marks the centenary of the first placement of people on Palm Island and we, the Palm Island Community, are inviting you to “Share our Journey” as we hold a series of events. The centenary provides an opportunity to commemorate the past 100 years, and to celebrate a new future for our people.
The Centenary events will focus on three themes: the Island’s Past, its Present and its Future. The commemoration of the Island’s Past will include events such as a re-enactment of the arrival of the first people placed on Palm Island, a community parade and historical collections and displays.
The Island’s Present will be celebrated with the ‘Deadly Didge ‘n’ Dance Festival, a 3-day, 2 night music festival, which will feature performances by musicians and artists such as Dan Sultan, Isaiah Firebrace, and Archie Roach as well as local dancers, workshops, storytelling, poetry, markets and more. The festival will also feature an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.
Looking to the Island’s Future, the celebrations will focus on our young people and include a sustainability forum, A health focussed sports carnival, a careers expo, and the burial of a time capsule.