Some young people prepare their moves for the Aussie Battlers Survival Day celebrations next Thursday. They are (l-r) Leilani Mitai-Link, Sarah Bennett, Mickell Roberts, Blake Rhodes, Jayden Swan and Tyrone Dunwoodie.
Some young people prepare their moves for the Aussie Battlers Survival Day celebrations next Thursday. They are (l-r) Leilani Mitai-Link, Sarah Bennett, Mickell Roberts, Blake Rhodes, Jayden Swan and Tyrone Dunwoodie.

Survival Day fun for young

Aussie Battlers Survival Day is held every year on January 26. And this year the youth event is celebrating its 11th year.

Held at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, it'll be a day of sports, skate, music and dance. It's about young people coming together to celebrate their achievements and show off their talents

"It's an alternative way to celebrate Australia Day," Mitch King from Youth Connections said. "Instead of going to a barbecue and drinks with close family, this is about community pride. It acknowledges what white Australia Day actually means to Aboriginal people. That's why we call it Aussie Battlers Survival Day."

There'll be skate sessions, indoor sports games, dance workshops, a dance battle showcase, plus music and dance performances from young local artists. There's also a free barbecue.

"And if you attend any of these activities," Mitch said, "you get a free session in the swimming pool on the day."

The fun starts at 12pm and goes till 5pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


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