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 that acknowledges the past, accepts the present, and plans for the future, a centennial commemoration of the community’s connection to Palm Island.

BECOMING BWGCOLMAN

9 - 11 MARCH

The commemoration of the Island’s Past will include events such as a fictional re-enactment of the arrival of the first people placed on Palm Island, traditional dancing, yarning with elders and historical collections and displays.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that the event program may contain images or voices of deceased persons which may cause sadness or distress

DEADLY DIDGE N DANCE FESTIVAL

20 - 22 APRIL

The Island’s Present will be celebrated with the ‘Deadly Didge ‘n’ Dance Festival, a 3-day, 2 night music festival, which focusses on accepting where the Palm Island community is now… of letting go of the past and breaking new records. The festival features performances by world renowned musicians and artists, local dancers, workshops, storytelling, poetry, markets and more. The festival will also feature attempts to break two Guinness World Records - 1. The largest Aboriginal dance and 2. the longest didgeridoo. 

We need more than 250 dancers participating in our dance record attempt so prepare to shake a leg with us. We've added a training video to the event page and there will be plenty of opportunities to practice the dance at the festival. The dance is Aboriginal, you don't have to be.

DEADLY FUTURES

7 - 8 JUNE

Looking to the Island’s Future, the celebrations will focus on our young people and include a sustainability forum and careers expo and a health focussed sports carnival. We'll be focussed on issues facing the island for the next 100 years ensuring the a too deadly future for our youth

JOIN US FOR OUR CENTENARY EVENTS VIEW OUR DETAILED PROGRAM OF EVENTS AND PLAN YOUR VISIT.