Shoalhaven City Council is calling for nominations for the 2017 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Week 2017 Awards. NAIDOC Week is an annual event that celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The NAIDOC Awards is one event during the week that recognises the contributions and achievement of Aboriginal people from the four local government areas.
Shoalhaven City Council has joined three other regional councils – Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama in organising the Awards, which this year is hosted by Wollongong City Council. The annual Awards provide the four councils to collaboratively recognise Aboriginal people who have contributed significantly to our communities. The Awards provide communities, businesses and organisations the opportunity to celebrate the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal people and communities.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said, “NAIDOC Week provides our local Aboriginal people in the Shoalhaven to be recognised for their contribution to our community. It is a time when we can nominate a friend, colleague or association in the awards to recognise and congratulate them on their achievements. The week is also a time to learn about Aboriginal culture, the history of the area and to pay respect to Elders and community leaders.”
The community is encouraged to make nominations in the following categories:
• Aboriginal Elder of the Year (male and female)
• Aboriginal Community Representative of the Year
• Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (male and female)
• Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year
• Aboriginal Organisation of the Year
• Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal)
Visit Council’s webpage for a nomination form. Nominations close on Tuesday, 11 July 2017.
The 2017 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards will be announced at a celebratory dinner hosted on Saturday, 22 July as part of NAIDOC Week.