2018 marks 100 years since Palm Island was first inhabited by the Bwgcolman people. While the Centenary is cause for celebration, it is also a solemn reminder of the past.

We must never forget the past and always remember those who we left behind. The Centenary celebrations this year on Palm Island are a great opportunity to show other communities and the rest of Australia how far we have come.  Campbell Page and our Community Development Programme will be working closely with the local community to continue to help build a beautiful and thriving community throughout 2018. – Nathan Vinson, Palm Island Community Development Programme Manager

To mark this significant milestone for the community, Campbell Page donated 100 trees to Palm Island on National Tree Day 2017.

These trees were planted by the Palm Island Community Development Programme Horticultural Team which is one of the many activities run on the Island.

Palm Island Community Development Programme

Peter Turner from Palm Island Community Development Programme, who photographed the newest additions to Palm Island’s flora, had this to say about the donation:

It’s with great pride that CDP team has added to the natural beauty of Palm Island our paradise in blue water.

Further Centenary celebrations have been held on Palm Island this week including The Queen’s Baton visiting for the first time.

The Palm Island Community Development Programme (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service. Palm Island CDP aims to help people find work, while allowing them to contribute to their communities and gain skills at the same time. To find out more visit our CDP page or Contact us.

Words by: Tiarne Pattison