4 July 2016 NAIDOC Week Award Winners Announced

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4 July 2016 NAIDOC Week Award Winners Announced

The Aboriginal Flag has been raised today (Monday, July 4) outside Coffs Harbour City Council’s Chamber to mark the start of this year’s NAIDOC Week.

The ceremony included the awarding of this year’s NAIDOC Week Awards. The winners were:

Art & Cultural


  • Elaya Spencer (Winner)


  • Alita Carberry (Winner)

  • Jailena Craig (Encouragement Award)



  • Erykah Kitchener - Waters (Winner)

  • Dakota Mace –Seccombe (Encouragement Award)


  • Glenda Perkins (Winner)

  • Alita Carberry  (Highly Commended)

  • Angela Brown (Highly Commended)

  • Penelope Grace (Highly Commended)

  • Steven Skinner (Highly Commended)



  • Jayden Kitchener- Waters (Winner)

  • Alikkan Jerrard (Encouragement Award)

  • Tamara Skinner (Encouragement Award)

A series of fun events is also being held throughout the Week. This year’s 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.

  • 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 North Coast Primary Health network Closing the Gap program, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coffs Harbour District Local Aboriginal Lands Council. This is a chance to learn more about bush native species and help out with important regeneration.   Diggers Beach, 9:30am–2:30pm.

  •  Friday 8 July

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