Local Gumbaynggirr - Dunghutti woman and inclusivity champion June Riemer has been named the Cancer Institute NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year, one of the top accolades at the NSW Women of the Year Awards.
Ms Riemer has been a strong advocate for Aboriginal people and those living with a disability for 40 years and said she hopes to encourage more NSW women to reach their potential.
"Women should never give up on our aspirations because we have proven to be the backbone of this country," she said.
"Continue the journey to achieve your dreams and always believe in your ability to make them come true."
June has spent 40 years championing the rights of First Nations People and those living with a disability. She was instrumental in developing films, tools and templates for people with a disability, drawing on Aboriginal artwork, storytelling and culture and included the first research on autism in Indigenous communities.
Ms Riemer led national conferences and workshops on working with Aboriginal people inclusively and culturally appropriate access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
An accomplished speaker, Ms Riemer shared insights from rural and remote Aboriginal communities at the United Nations. She is also an active member of the Commonwealth Disabled People's Forum and Pacific Disability Forum.
Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey has congratulated Ms Riemer and said she has been a strong advocate for Aboriginal people and those living with a disability.
"June is a role model in our community, dedicating every day to making life better for Indigenous people living in our State," Ms Pavey said.
"Her research on autism in Aboriginal communities is having a real impact on people and is entirely deserving of the highest recognition."
Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said that Ms Riemer has worked for the First People's Disability Network for a decade, ensuring Aboriginal voices and cultural beliefs are incorporated into policies and planning.
"June's work highlights the power and potential of incorporating Indigenous culture into materials and resources to improve wellbeing," Mrs Taylor said.
"Awards like this celebrate and elevate the voices of just some of inspirational women like June who are helping us build a safer, stronger NSW."