Families

Council aims to assist families with a range of family focused programs such as library services, child care & family support services, playground & park facilities, aged care services, and cultural programs.

Welcoming Babies Ceremony

Welcoming Babies Ceremonies are held as a special event for our city's youngest residents and their families. Participating families will receive a welcoming certificate on the day, a gift bag and a photo opportunity alongside the Mayor of Townsville.

The next Welcoming Babies Ceremony is being held on Sunday 27 June 2021 at The Old Magistrates Court, 81-99 Sturt Street.

Officially welcome your baby to the community at this special ceremony. Bring a picnic blanket and teddy along and enjoy some entertainment with a complimentary catered pack per family, at the teddy bears picnic in Perfume Gardens after the ceremony.

Sessions will be held at 9am, 10:30am and 12noon.

NOTICE

We’ve received a lot of interest for the Welcoming Babies Ceremony and all sessions are now at capacity.

Join the waitlist to be notified when the next ceremony will be held.

Welcome Baby to Country

Presented by The Welcome Baby To Country Sub-Committee.

Do you have an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bubba in your family that you would like to have ‘Welcomed to Country’?

The ceremony recognises Bindal and Wulgurukaba Traditional Owners on the country we live on and invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bubba’s aged newborn to 2 years in Townsville to participate. This includes  Bindal and Wulgurukaba Traditional Owners born on or off Country, and Traditional Owners from other areas born on Bindal and Wulgurukaba Country.

Each Bubba will receive a personalised certificate and a gift to celebrate the event.

Registrations have now closed.

Welcoming a new baby into an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is a cultural practice that involves men, women and extended families. For thousands of years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have held ceremonies that acknowledge those infant’s connection to the lands on which they were born, and that these practices are diverse and unique to each community across Australia. 

First 1000 Days Australia recognises the importance of Welcome Baby to Country Ceremonies towards meeting the cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and connecting children to community, country and Elders.