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Wollongong City Council

Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

The Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution and achievements of Aboriginal* communities in Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven local government areas.  

The 2022 awards were hosted by Wollongong City Council on Saturday 30 July.

In line with the 2022 NAIDOC Week theme Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! the awards dinner was an opportunity to “encourage all of us to champion institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative change while celebrating those who have already driven and led change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over generations.”

See the information at the bottom of this page for more videos.

Award winners

Congratulations to our 2022 winners, and to all our nominees.

Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Male) Uncle Peter Button
Aboriginal Elder of the Year (Female) Aunty Jodie Stewart
Aboriginal Community Representative of the Year Dr Jodi Edwards
Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Male) Aidan Whitehall
Aboriginal Young Achiever of the Year (Female) Alira Morgan
Aboriginal Community Volunteer of the Year Julie Street-Smith
Aboriginal Organisation of the Year Illawarra Koori Men's Support Group
Outstanding Contribution to Reconciliation (Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal) (Joint winners)
Cleone Wellington
Hayley Longbottom

You can read more about our 2022 winners in the awards media release.

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

Learn more

The videos below were produced for the 2021 Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards.

History of the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards

Uncle Richard

Joining of the Sands

Heal Country

National NAIDOC Week celebrations were held from 3 - 10 July 2022.

Visit the official NAIDOC Week website to learn more.

Event partners

Wollongong City of InnovationShellharbour City CouncilKiama Municipal CouncilShoalhaven City Council

Platinum sponsors

Big Fat SmileBlueScopeMCR Multi Civil and Rail

Gold sponsors

Booth Partners - Accountants, Auditors, AdvisersI.A.M.SSouthern Youth and Family Services

Silver sponsors

Barnados AustraliaEdmiston Jones


Proudly supported by Aboriginal Affairs NSW and the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Aboriginal Affairs NSWAustralian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency NIAA