9 June 2016 NAIDOC Week Award Nominations Now Open

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As well as celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their cultures, NAIDOC Week in Coffs Harbour also honours locals who have excelled in arts, sport and education through the NAIDOC Week Awards.​

“Council’s NAIDOC Week Awards aim to recognise the contribution that local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples contribute to our community as a whole,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight. 

“Each nominee and winner is special because they’ve been recognised for their accomplishments by the community, their peers, their friends and their families. These Awards are an ideal way of highlighting just some of the achievements and excellent work being carried out by members of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.”

The winners are chosen each year by the members of Coffs Harbour’s Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee – and nominations are now open. Details of how to make a nomination can be found at www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/naidoc Nominations close on June 27.

A series of fun events are also being held throughout NAIDOC Week, which runs from July 3-10. This year’s theme is 2016 theme is ‘Songlines - The living narrative of our nation’ - which highlights the importance of Songlines to the existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

  • Monday 4 July Official Flag Raising, Morning Tea and NAIDOC Week Awards. Council Chambers. 10am start.

  • Tuesday 5 July CHASE and Deadly Factor Presents ‘The Songlines NAIDOC Concert’. Singing, dancing, lip syncing performances showcasing local talent. Jetty Memorial Theatre, 5pm.

  •  Wednesday 6 July ‘Who You Gunna Call’ Forum.  Hosted by Aboriginal Health Mid North Coast Local Health District. An opportunity for people to engage with health service providers in an informal fun day. Coffs Harbour Showground, 10am – 3pm.

  •  Thursday 7 July ‘Caring for Country Planting the Seed’.  Hosted by Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation and Primary Health Network North Coast - Close the Gap. This is a chance to learn more about bush native species and help out with important regeneration. Diggers Beach, 10am.

  •  Friday 8 July Family Golf Day. Hosted by CHASE Committee, sponsored by Miiyinda La Goori Men’s Group. Novotel Pacific Bay Resort.