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5 Aug 2022

Goodji Festival (Dirrum)

For the common good, always

2022 Theme: Human!

‘Inspirupting’ for the common good

A feast of disruptive inspiration run by students for a bigger & shared good


Welcoming 750 delegates from around and beyond Brisbane,
with a focus on Yr 10 students.

Held at St John’s Anglican College,
College Avenue, Forest Lake.
Hosted by Anglican Schools Commission SQ in association with @dirrumdirrum

Goodji Festival

Young people caring enough about the world to act for a greater and common good.


Inspiruption (n): event or eruption of creative energy, challenging ‘situation normal’ and inspiring the collective imagination for hope-filled action. Key verbs: recognise, inspire, lead. ‘Inspiruption’ is applied to the common good and marks a movement not a moment.

Red is the colour of earth & blood, things we all have in common. To seek the peace and prosperity of what we have in common is to increase our own.


If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time.

If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let’s work together.

Aboriginal activist group, Brisbane, 1970s, frequently attributed to Aunty Lilla Watson.


Goodji (goodjee), “means red earth, soil, sand. It was one of a variety of coloured ochres found across Yagara country”.

Gaja Kerry Charlton (Yagarabul Nation Elder, Cultural Educator, Consultant, Facilitator)




Safeguard the treasure that sustains us;

in its well-being is our well-being.



This phrase has roots among the fishing community of Atauro, Timor-Leste. The treasure there is a coral reef. The reef harbours the fish that feeds the community. Care for the reef and it will continue to care for the community.


The reef is a treasure that belongs to no one and everyone. It is a common good. This idea resonates with First Nations people from around the world and the scriptures:

Take care of the land and it will take care of you.

Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii

Heal country, heal our nation.

Past NAIDOC theme

Seek the welfare of the city … for in its welfare you will find your welfare.  Jeremiah 29.7 NRSV


To seek the peace and prosperity of what we have in common is to increase our own. There is one family and we are kin. There is one race and it is human. There is one earth and it is our home.


The Goodji Festival fosters a culture among young people of safeguarding the treasures that sustain us.

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