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National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year (Sunday to Sunday), to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. 
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2022 is "Get up, stand up, show up."

Each year the Coffs Harbour area enjoys a full calendar of NAIDOC activities here on Gumbaynggirr Country. Events cover sport, food, art and culture and are open to the whole Coffs Harbour community. Council and the Yandaarra Aboriginal Advisory Committee are proud to host two events which are a key part of the local NAIDOC calendar.

The Official NAIDOC Flag Raising 

Where: Outside the Council Chambers on Castle Street. The street will be closed to traffic during the ceremony. 
When: Monday 4 July 9:00 - 10:15am

Everyone is welcome to attend. If you can't attend in person, watch the live stream on Council's Facebook page

The Yandaarra Aunty Grace Roberts Community Awards

The Yandaarra Aunty Grace Roberts Community Awards honour the talents and achievements of Aboriginal people in the local community and acknowledge the hard work that happens to keep culture and community strong.

Where: Jetty Memorial Theatre
When: Thursday 7 July, 4:00-6:00pm. Get your Yandaarra Aunty Grace Roberts Awards tickets here

The event will also be live-streamed for people who are unable to attend in-person. Watch the live stream here. 

2022 Yandaarra Aunty Grace Roberts Awards Nominees 

  • Grace Roberts Memorial Community Development Award:
    Amber Hamer, Lilly Clegg, Kaleesha Morris, Joshua Maguire, Lachlan Skinner

  • Aunty Award 
    Angela Brown, Kathleen Flanders

  • Uncle Award
    Johno Miers

  • Sports Achievement Award 
    Dustin Parry

  • Youth of the Year Award 
    Jarrell Lockwood

  • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award
    Lachlan Skinner, Marley Morgan, Danielle Burford, Mudjai - Jeremy Devitt

  • Community Organisation or Business of the Year Award
    Aboriginal Employment Services, One Mob Radio, Echidna Kids Day Care, Garlambirla Elders, Garby Elders, Pathfinders Coffs Harbour

2022 Coffs Coast NAIDOC Week Calendar



  • Sunday, 04 July 2021 | 12:00 AM - Sunday, 11 July 2021 | 11:59 PM