NAIDOC Awards Winners 2022

Published on 01 August 2022

NAIDOC Awards 2022 - Aunty Jodie Stewart

Kiama Council congratulates all the recipients of Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards for 2022.

The Awards celebrate the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal* communities in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and the Shoalhaven.   

Council particularly congratulates local residents Aunty Jodie Stewart and Alira Morgan on their awards.

Aunty Jodie Stewart was recognised as Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Female). She is a Yuin Nation Saltwater Woman, growing up on the coast with her family, the well respected and well-known Stewart family.

Aunty Jodie was recognised for her role at Southern Youth and Family Services in Shoalhaven, supporting families and young people. Her work involves reconciling or restoring young people within the family home, helping family members support their children and young people, helping young people connect with their education, training and employment and community.

Jodie was a founding member of the Gerringong Housing Aboriginal Corporation in 1986 and remains a board member and secretary.

A talented artist, she has had her works displayed in Wollongong, Kiama and the Shoalhaven.

 NAIDOC Awards 2022 - Alira Morgan

Alira Morgan was recognised as Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Female). Alira is a Dharawal and Gamilaroi woman who is completing Year 12 at Kiama High School.

Alira has been on the Student Representative Council for the past five years, and has represented Kiama High at Sorry Day, NAIDOC and reconciliation activities, as well as at cultural immersion days and welcoming dignitaries.

Alira teaches language, art and dance, and this year led the project to record the national anthem in Dharawal and English for Kiama High School and local primary schools.

Others recognised with Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards were:

  • Uncle Peter Button - Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Male).
  • Dr Jodi Edwards - Aboriginal Community Representative of the Year
  • Aidan Whitehall - Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Male)
  • Julie Street-Smith - Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Illawarra Koori Men’s Support Group - Aboriginal Organisation of the Year
  • Cleone Wellington and Hayley Longbottom - Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal) 

Kiama Council is a supporter of the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards with our partner councils Wollongong, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven.

Kiama is proud to be hosting the Awards in 2023.

Full details: Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

*Note: 'Aboriginal' includes Torres Strait Islander people.

Image top: Aunty Jodie Stewart was recognised as Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Female)

Image middle: Alira Morgan was recognised as Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Female)