Annual awards to celebrate NAIDOC Week

Nominations for the Illawarra Regional NAIDOC Awards close on Friday, July 4.

Since 2010, the region's councils have joined forces to organise the annual awards to celebrate NAIDOC Week.

Kiama Municipal Council is hosting the awards this year on July 19 at The Pavilion.

The awards promote and recognise the talents, excellence, and significant contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their organisations make to the whole community.

Nominations are open in seven categories - female elder of the year, male elder of the year, worker of the year, organisation of the year, female young achiever of the year, male young achiever of the year, community representative of the year.

Aboriginal Liaison Officers and key staff from each council work with their respective region's Aboriginal Reference Groups to organise the event.

Nomination forms are available at the Kiama council website.

Meantime Kiama MP Gareth Ward announced $3000 funding to Kiama council from the New South Wales government to support the awards dinner.

"NAIDOC Week is about celebrating the culture and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognising their contribution to our country across all facets of society," he said.

"August marks the start of our Centenary of Anzac commemorations and this year's NAIDOC Week theme is Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond.

"This year all Australians are encouraged to give special recognition to more than 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who served in defence of our country during the World War I."