NAIDOC WEEK | Liverpool celebrates Indigenous history, culture and achievements

Budyari Aboriginal Health Centre Aboriginal liaison worker Wendy Pomeroy was recognised for her work in the community with the individual award at Liverpool Council's NAIDOC Week event at Miller Square on Wednesday.

Wendy has worked in the Cardiac Arrest Unit for five years and is known as someone who goes over and above to help the community. She previously worked as the domestic violence worker at the Liverpool Women's Health Centre for more than 17 Years where she helped victims suffering from domestic violence.

In the awards description it said: "No task was too big or too small for Wendy."

It was one of three awards handed out as part of the Liverpool NAIDOC awards ceremony which celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Gooboora Men's Group was recognised in the Project, Partnership or Community Group category. The group is part of the Strong Fathers, Strong Families Program which aims to improve life expectancy and quality of life for Aboriginal men, their families and communities. They serve the community in a voluntary capacity by way of fostering cultural identity and awareness,and educating local schools and broader community through yarning circles and sharing knowledge of the traditional ways.

In the Service Provider (Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal) category, the Liverpool Women's Resource Centre was commended for its fundamental efforts in championing the role of the Strong and Supportive Aboriginal Women's Group in the community.

The centre has been operating at Ashcroft for 35 years and is committed to empowering women of all ages and backgrounds to identify and articulate their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities through a broad range of services including facilitating groups and programs, crisis counselling, information, advocacy and referrals.

The awards formed part of the Family Fun Day at Miller which included live entertainment and craft activities and information stalls.

The event was one of two hosted by Liverpool Council for NAIDOC Week. The Community Celebration was held on Tuesday at Bigge Park and began with a street march from the Elizabeth Street end of Macquarie Mall and included live entertainment, rides, market stalls and workshops.