by Peter Carruthers
PROSERPINE NAIDOC Week celebrations concluded on Monday with a grand parade around the school oval while didgeridoos sounded in the background.
A full eight days of events were made possible this year after the Proserpine Indigenous Reference Group was granted money directly from the office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Family well being support worker with Girudala, Kalila Parter, said the Federal funding helped provide a full complement of events after what had been a tough time in the wake of Cyclone Debbie.
"We got the amount we asked for, which is a real positive," she said.
Mayor Andrew Willcox made a speech and indigenous elder Kenny Dodds performed a welcome to Country ceremony at the Proserpine State School.
Students from St Catherine's Catholic College and the Proserpine High School also attended the march.
Spurred on by the success of the cultural day at Pioneer Park, the deadly disco, the flag raising ceremony and the piccanini parade, PIRG member Kiesha McEwan said there were even bigger plans for the 2018 event, with efforts to secure further funding also already in the works for next year.