Nominations open for NAIDOC awards

Wollongong City Council is calling for nominations for the 2017 Illawarra NAIDOC Week awards.

Covering Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven local government areas, the 2017 Illawarra NAIDOC Awards will be announced and celebrated on 22 July during NAIDOC Week.

The awards recognise the achievement of Aboriginal people from the four local government areas. There will also be an award for Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal people in the Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation award.

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said: “The annual awards provide an excellent opportunity for our four councils to recognise those Aboriginal people who have contributed significantly to our communities. It’s also an opportunity for communities, businesses and organisations to celebrate the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal people and communities.

“I encourage all community members to nominate a friend, colleague or association in one of the six categories.”

The categories to be announced on 22 July include:

  • Aboriginal Elder of the Year (male and female)
  • Aboriginal Community Representative of the Year
  • Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (male and female)
  • Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year
  • Aboriginal Organisation of the Year
  • Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal)

Visit Council’s website at for a nomination for the Awards. Or you can call Council’s Customer Service on 4227 7111.


In line with the National 2017 NAIDOC Week, the theme for the Illawarra awards is “Our Languages Matter”.

NAIDOC Week will emphasise and celebrate the unique and essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and in the transmission of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song.

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