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Aboriginal dancer Warren ‘Rabbit’ Baker at the NAIDOC flag raising ceremony at the Byron Shire council chambers in Mullumbimby.

It was a full house yesterday in Stan Robinson Park next to the Byron Shire Council Chambers in Mullumbimby for the official Flag Raising Ceremony and NAIDOC Week Awards.

Arakwal elder Aunty Dulcie gave a welcome to country and the Bundjalung Dancers performed for this gathered in the park.

Seventeen awards were presented before the raising of three flag, the Aboriginal flag, the Australian flag and the flag of the Torres Straight Islands.

The ceremony was closed by the Deadly Dancers lead by Dhinawan Baker who has been working with a group the young performers from the Mullumbuimby, Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores, Durrumbal and Pocket schools.

Awards on the day were presented to:

Elder of the year – Aunty Dulice Nicolls

Leader of the year – Yvonne Stewart

Child – Mia Thom

(Highly commended – Wyuna Baker and Ebonie Dousling)

Youth Male – Ngurung Brown

Youth Female – Minnie Manton

(Highly commended – Harley Black, Mundara Baker and Sahaj Blatt)

Aboriginal person of the Year – Darren McElroy

Artist of the Year – Nickolla Clark

Sportsperson of the Year – Dylan Kay

Educator primary – Jennah Browning

Educator Secondary – Scott Sentence

Caring for Country – Madhima Gulgun

Health Service Provider – Dr Anthony Solomon, North Coast Medical Centre

Community Group – Bronwyn Sindel, Sisters for Reconciliation

~ Photos Eve Jeffery

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