Palm Island has officially launched the Centenary celebrations with a community event held in the afternoon until the early evening.

The community event was held as a way to bring the whole Palm Island community together. The Palm Island Community Development Programme Arts and Culture Program set up a stall on the day to highlight the artistic talents of the participants and supervisors.

Palm Island Centenary Community event CDP art stall

It was a great way to bring together the community – everyone had an awesome day celebrating all of the great things about our Island home. – Nathan Vinson, Palm Island CDP Manager

In addition to the art stall set up by Palm Island Community Development Programme, there was a whole range of stalls along the newly landscaped foreshore as well as entertainment for everyone.

Palm Island Centenary Community event - Traditional dancers

The entertainment was amazing with traditional dancing, plus storytelling and singing to the back drop of digeridoos and clapping sticks. It was a beautiful sunny day with the aqua blue sea, palm trees swaying to a gentle breeze and children out in the shallows enjoying the whole experience. – Peter Sherry Palm Island CDP Activity Manager

To conclude the celebrations, a fireworks display lit the night sky.

Palm Island Centenary Community event - Traditional dancers

The centenary provides an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, to celebrate the community’s time now and to invest in a new future for its people. A number of events will be held throughout 2018 to mark the centenary – to keep up to date with what events are being held please visit the Palm Island Centenary website.

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