MORE than 100 people turned out for a special ball at The Waves on Saturday night to mark the start of Naidoc Week.

Organiser Kylie McCartney said the crowd was larger than she had expected.

The entertainment was provided by comedian Mary G, who was "terrific", Ms McCartney said.

"She had everyone in stitches all night."

Another special guest was boxer Daniel Geale.

Guests enjoyed a meal, and the Naidoc awards were handed out.

Mariah Johnson was named Miss Naidoc, while Kyle Laybutt was Mr Naidoc.

The indigenous community had been looking forward to the many events planned for the week.

"We've got lots of new things planned for this year's celebrations," Ms McCartney said.

"But the cricket match between the police and the community is always a highlight."

One of the main events would be the Naidoc Week march and festivities on Friday, starting at the Club Hotel and making its way to Lions Park.

Naidoc Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

The week, which runs from July 1-8 this year, officially started with a church service at St Mary's Catholic Church yesterday.

Today, there there will be a flag-raising ceremony at Buss Park.

Tomorrow there will be an invitation-only PACE community breakfast at the Bundaberg RSL club.

MORE than 100 people turned out for a special ball at The Waves on Saturday night to mark the start of...