BECAUSE OF HER WE CAN: Kylah Gardner (front, from left), Averil Dillon, Gwenda Lawton, Antonia Roma and (back, fron left) Robyn Jennings, Jasmine Gardner-Allwood, Jaiden Turner, and Billie-Jean Taylor at the Chinchilla Library NAIDOC celebrations.
BECAUSE OF HER WE CAN: Kylah Gardner (front, from left), Averil Dillon, Gwenda Lawton, Antonia Roma and (back, fron left) Robyn Jennings, Jasmine Gardner-Allwood, Jaiden Turner, and Billie-Jean Taylor at the Chinchilla Library NAIDOC celebrations. Brooke Duncan

Recognising outstanding women

FIFTEEN local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have been recognised for their contribution to the community at the Chinchilla Library this week.

The event was organised by Billie Jean Taylor, who said she wanted to shine a light on indigenous women in Chinchilla.

"Because of the theme of NAIDOC this year, 'because of her we can', I wanted to highlight the indigenous women, young girls in the community that are silent achievers, and just basically thank them for what they do in the community or their family,” Miss Taylor said.

Miss Taylor received 15 nominations, who were all presented a certificate and box of chocolates at the celebration on Monday.

Gwenda Lawton, an elder in the community, said she was "absolutely thrilled” to hear she'd been nominated.

"I had no idea that this was going to happen, especially since I've only been in town for two years, and to be a part of this community, it's an honour.”

Ms Lawton said she's been impressed with the NAIDOC celebrations this year.

"I've gone to the primary school for their opening day, the one out at the hospital the other day, with Goondir and the Department of Health, that blew my mind, I think that was really, really great and it was fantastic for a little town.”

Fellow nominee, 16-year-old Jaiden Turner, was nominated by her mum in recognition of her community involvement, including a mentoring program, Deep Blue Line, and a traineeship with Origin Energy.

For Miss Turner, the event showed people were "interested in these things and really want something happening in our community and want people to be recognised.”


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