ACHIEVERS: NAIDOC Week arts and culture junior category award winner Elayla Spencer with senior category winner Alita Carberry.
ACHIEVERS: NAIDOC Week arts and culture junior category award winner Elayla Spencer with senior category winner Alita Carberry. Claudia Jambor

Preserving Aboriginal arts and culture

RECOGNISING and celebrating the achievements of the indigenous community on the Coffs Coast is a highlight of NAIDOC Week.

Elayla Spencer and Alita Carberry are two of the winners of this year's Coffs Harbour City Council Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative Committee NAIDOC Week Awards.

Alita won the senior category of the arts and cultural award and Elayla the junior category.

The pair were shocked at the announcement they'd won their respective categories but the recognition has inspired them to continue their work in arts and culture.

Under the direction of dance instructor Gloria Mercy, Elayla preforms in a cultural dance troupe visiting pre-schools.

"I'm very proud of it, I get really focused," Elayla said.

"You can keep the generation going so it doesn't fade away and keep cultural dance alive."

Alita has helped co-ordinate repair to country efforts on the Coffs Coast, including cultural and non-cultural burns, animal surveys and growing bush tucker.

"I think it's a good achievement to be able to pass knowledge down to the younger generation on what bush tucker is," Alita said.

Alita hopes to take on more responsibility in her role going forward.

For the full list of winners, visit the Advocate website.



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