Great achievements celebrated at NAIDOC Week Awards
TALENTED members of the Coffs Coast's indigenous community were celebrated at today's official opening of NAIDOC Week.
From sport people to cultural dancers, indigenous people of all ages were celebrated for their achievements in their respective fields.
Alita Carberry was a stand out in the crowd taking out the senior category of the arts and culture award as well as a highly commended in the senior category of the education awards.
Up and coming soccer sensation, Tamara Skinner received an encouragement award for her endeavours playing in Sydney. Her brother Lachlan Skinner was presented the award in her absence.
Lachlan, who is also a Coffs Harbour Aboriginal Social Events Committee member, said the mornings ceremonies were a great start to the week.
"It was a really proud moment, it was great to see all the hard working people and they are all local faces in our community who work really hard," he said.
"It was a great way to start. We had mayor Denise Knight and Steve McGrath, both highly respected people in the community who work so hard for Coffs Harbour so it was great for them to come in and celebrate it with us this morning."
Uncle Trevor Wilson thanked and congratulated all nominees and winners for their achievements.
He said he is confident that one day Coffs Harbour will have an Aboriginal mayor.
"One day, and I know one day someone might be an Aboriginal mayor. It's been done in the state of New South Wales," he said.
Earlier this morning, CHASE Committee treasurer, Lloyd Lynwood and mayor Denise Knight raised the Aboriginal flag in front of the council chambers to officiate the start of the week's festivities.
A diverse range of events will take place throughout the week to celebrate and acknowledge our indigenous community.
Winners of the Coffs Harbour City Council Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee NAIDOC Week Awards 2016.
Arts and Culture award
Elayla Spencer (winner)
Alita Carberry (winner)
Jailena Craig (encouragement award)
Eryah 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 (winner)
Alikkan Jerrard (encouragement award)
Tamara Skinner (encouragement award)