Last week the 2018 Mount Isa NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony saw 130 people attend the sell out event at the Irish Club.

The ball was one of the final events to round off NAIDOC Week in Mount Isa.and was held in recognition of the outstanding contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities. 

“I was thrilled to reintroduce the NAIDOC Awards this year, as it hasn’t happened for quite a few years and to get behind the organisation of this event,” Mrs Daisy-Blackley said.

Person of the Year, sponsored by Centacare North Queensland, went to Cody Kemp for her dedication and tireless work in the field of Indigenous education, mentoring and cultural awareness within the school.

“We would like to congratulate all award winners and thank our independent judges, entertainers Benny Walker and Kevin Kropinyeri, the staff of the Mount Isa Irish Club for their wonderful customer service, staff and volunteers of Kalkutungu Language and Cultural Connections and all those who attended to make this year’s 2018 Mount Isa NAIDOC Ball and Awards Ceremony a success and a night to remember,” Mrs Daisy-Blackley said.