Aunty Betty Memorial Reconciliation Walk 

Hundreds turned out for the Aunty Betty Memorial Walk on a beautiful sunny day at Dicky Beach on May 29 2024 including many of our local schools and politicians.

The walk commenced with a Welcome to Country, Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Dance and history of Aunty Betty before traditional custodian Lyndon Davis led a short walk on Country, providing information and stories about the area.

The morning provided everyone the opportunity to connect with our local Indigenous cultural heritage through dance, music, and a guided walk with the Traditional Custodians of Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country.

In 2015, SCRGI held its first Coastal Walk. Aunty Betty saw this as an opportunity to expand the reach of the Group and worked over following years to continue obtaining sponsorship and planning of the walk – her legacy to the group.

From 2019 the Walk has been known as the Aunty Betty Memorial Reconciliation Walk where we pay tribute to the life and work of our much loved Patron Aunty Betty McMahon.

The National Reconciliation Week theme for 2024, Now More Than Ever, is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will —and must —continue.

Included in the gathering were Mayor Rosanna Natoli, Cr Taylor Bunnag Division 8, Cr Joe Natoli Division 4, Cr David Law Division 10, Cr Terry Landsberg Division 2, Cr Tim Burns Division 3 and Jason Hunt MP. We were pleased to include Suncoast Community Legal Services, Relationships Australia, the Qld Ambulance Service, our Police Liaison Officer Vernon Corporal, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Refocus family services, representatives from the Murri Court, Murris on the Move and many other respected community organizations, in this year’s lineup. 

The free event is proudly supported by Uniting Care, North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health, Suncare, Life Without Barriers & Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.

Members of Aunty Betty’s family are always in attendance to celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman and her enormous contribution to services for First Nations people on the Sunshine Coast. 

Acknowledgement and Content Advice​

The Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group Incorporated acknowledges and pays respect to Queensland’s past, present and future Traditional Owners and Elders and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.