Congratulations to all our NAIDOC award winners

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Mayor Mark Honey has congratulated all the winners from the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards Ceremony, announced on the weekend.

Councillor Honey said Kiama Council was extremely proud to host the 2018 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.

“The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” Councillor Honey said.

“In 2018 we again have some amazing people doing amazing jobs to continue the journey of the oldest living culture on our planet.”

The winners of the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards for 2018 are:

  • Aboriginal Organisation/Project of the Year: - Waminda -  Dead or Deadly
  • Aboriginal Young Achiever (female) – Winyinnar Williams 
  • Aboriginal Young Achiever (male) – Jackson Tikkeros
  • Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation – Lena Bloxsome
  • Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year – Eric (Rick) Pagett
  • Aboriginal Worker of the Year – Lisa Wellington
  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year (female) – Auntie Lyn Stewart – Sponsored by Waminda
  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year (male) – Uncle Albert ‘Salty’ Ralph

Councillor Honey has congratulated everyone nominated for the 2018 awards, as well as everyone involved in organising the Awards dinner.

“I would like to make special mention of all Aboriginal Liaison Officers that serve their communities in Kiama, Shoalhaven, Shellharbour and Wollongong.”

“I also thank all the sponsors and funding bodies that make the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards possible.”

As part of proceeding each year, a message stick is handed over to the council which will host the Awards the following year.

The 2019 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards will be hosted by Shoalhaven City Council.

“With the message stick now handed over, Kiama can rest knowing the achievements and contributions of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have made, have been well recognised and celebrated.”

Further information on the Project of the Year – Dead or Deadly: www.waminda.org.au