Marea Johnson and Veneta Dutton nominated for the 2019 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards

COMMUNITY: Nyngan's Marea Johnson and Veneta Dutton have been nominated for their passion and commitment to making regional NSW a better place to live. Photo: FILE

COMMUNITY: Nyngan's Marea Johnson and Veneta Dutton have been nominated for their passion and commitment to making regional NSW a better place to live. Photo: FILE

Two of Nyngan's own have been chosen as part of a statewide search for people who are committed to making regional NSW a better place to live.

Marea Johnson and Veneta Dutton have been nominated for the 2019NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

Ms Johnson is nominated for a TransGrid Leadership Award, in recognition of her tenacity, dedication, selflessness and leadership within the community.

Ms Johnson has held a number of leadership positions within the community including board member and later deputy chairperson of the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), and president of the Nyngan Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Committee.

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She is currently the Aboriginal Education Officer at Nyngan Public School and according to her nomination "is a strong leader in the community" who "believes every student deserves the best opportunity in life to learn, feel safe and secure".

For the past 11 years, Ms Johnson has been working on Nyngan NAIDOC and ensures all children have the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal education and history, through dance and activities.

"Marea spends many hours working behind the scene with the CEO of Nyngan LALC to ensure the Nyngan NAIDOC week is celebrated, inclusive and a memorable experience for the whole community," her nomination read.

Ms Dutton is also nominated for an Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award for her commitment and dedication to promoting Aboriginal culture within the community.

The Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award recognises grass-roots, 'real life' initiatives that demonstrate genuine involvement, long-term value and add to the life of their community.

The nomination submitted to Awards Australia recognised Ms Dutton's work over the past nine years with the Nyngan LALC and her dedication to helping NAIDOC week grow within the community.

It recognised the inclusion of a cultural showcase at each of the schools to bring families and the community together.

"Veneta has commitment, dedication and trust of the Aboriginal community and wider community," her nomination read.

"She up holds cultural protocols in our community and goes above and beyond in her duty."

Semi-finalists in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards will be announced in early September.