Indigenous Victorians and their supporters will mark the beginning of the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Of Celebrations (NAIDOC) week with a march through inner Melbourne today.
The march will begin at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy at 10.30am before moving past a fig tree at the top of Gertrude Street, the Pastor Sir Douglas and Lady Nicholls statue in Parliament Gardens, Parliament House and the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets, before concluding at Federation Square, where a free community concert will be held on the main stage.
Yarra Trams advises that tram services will be affected from approximately 11.30am to 3pm. Routes along Bourke Street and La Trobe Street are currently affected by temporary service changes. Routes 86 and 96 are diverting via La Trobe Street. Route 30 or 35 (City Circle) trams are operating.
Shuttle trams are operating along Bourke Street between Stop 119 La Trobe and Stop 7 Russell Street.
NAIDOC is an annual celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
This year’s theme of “Voice. Treaty. Truth” asks for more representation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in decision-making in Australia’s democracy.
NAIDOC week runs from July 7 to July 13 this year. For more information about the celebrations, which include a Gala Ball and Pride Crowning, head here.
This article was updated at 12.22pm on July 5, 2019.