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.
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
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
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.