SPALLA Park came alive to the sights and sounds of NAIDOC Week celebrations this morning.

Local lads turned up to do their best in a game of touch footy against members of the Whitsunday Police.

Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain was one player and said the NAICOC Week game had has become a much looked forward to event for the police and the kids of Proserpine.

"It has been good to build relationships with the community," he said.

Snr Sgt Blain said the game had been an annual event started by the Proserpine Police four years ago and continues to be popular.

The younger kids at the community day enjoyed face painting and eating water melon as the crocodile kebabs and kangaroo sausages sizzled on the barbeque.

One of the organisers of the event Keisha McEwan was in the park playing African drums.

She said the day was a way for people of the Proserpine community to connect and a step forward in the reconciliation process.

Nataliya Gordon getting her face painted at Spalla Park in Proserpine on Wednesday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times
Nataliya Gordon getting her face painted at Spalla Park in Proserpine on Wednesday.Photo Peter Carruthers / Whitsunday Times Peter Carruthers

"We want to get the wider community to participate and all get together and have a feed and play some footy," she said.

The footy game was especially important in moving beyond the negative association some young indigenous kids have with law enforcement authorities.

"It gives the youth that opportunity to break down that stigma with the police and indigenous kids."

"And it is a chance for the kids to talk to the police in an informal environment," Ms McEwan said.

On Monday NAIDOC Week celebrations continue at the Proserpine State School.


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