CELEBRATION BEGINS: Gladstone Gooreng Gooreng elders Lindsay Johnson, his wife (right) Aileen Johnson and his sister (left) Jaqui Johnson celebrate NAIDOC week at the Aged Care and Elders lunch.
CELEBRATION BEGINS: Gladstone Gooreng Gooreng elders Lindsay Johnson, his wife (right) Aileen Johnson and his sister (left) Jaqui Johnson celebrate NAIDOC week at the Aged Care and Elders lunch. Luka Kauzlaric GLANAID

NAIDOC Week celebrated as city's indigenous community grows

THE Gooreng Gooreng, Bailai and Gurang tribes are the traditional owners of the land in the Gladstone region.

Indigenous and non-indigenous residents celebrated the start of NAIDOC Week on Tuesday at the GPC Aged Care and Elders lunch at the Gladstone PCYC.

Gooreng Gooreng elder Lindsay Johnson grew up in Gladstone.

He said an issue in the community was a lack of traditional owners in industry employment.

"We have a few of them working there, but I would like to see more," he said.

Mr Johnson said the indigenous community in Gladstone was growing.

"People are coming in for work; out from the outlying country areas," he said.

Mr Johnson's sister Jaqui said NAIDOC Week was a chance to highlight the need for an Australian treaty, which recognised Aborigines in the Constitution.