Natasha Harris named Forbes Indigenous Person of 2019 at NAIDOC celebrations

Natasha Harris has been named Forbes' 2019 Indigenous Person of the Year, honoured for her work as a family worker and in the community.

In particular her work as chair of the CatholicCare Reconciliation Action Group, which has led the group to the stage where their plan has been accepted by Reconciliation Australia, was recognised.

"The winner was nominated for this award by three different nominees, just proving how valued she is in our community," MC Tahlia Horvat said.

"She is a quiet achiever who is very humble about her work but deserves to be recognised."

Courtney Hodge was named 2019 Indigenous Youth of the Year, for her volunteer work.

The Red Bend student and school-based trainee plays league tag and coaches under 12s, represented her school in Sydney at the national Anzac memorial service, and will later this year travel to remote Indigenous community Santa Teresa with her school.

Sports all rounder Ellie Flick was named Indigenous Sports Person of the Year for her representation in netball, rugby league and swimming.

Ellie is captain of Forbes Fins swimming club and was named best and fairest as well as players' player in her Magpies league tag team.

She has also been selected in a 20-person squad to travel to Los Angeles with Kym Green, captain of the Sydney Giants netball team.

Artist Raymond Thorpe received the Indigenous Creative Person of the Year honour for his willingness to share his creative talents and culture.

He uses artwork, storytelling and dance to educate others and develop a sense of belonging, and has formed partnerships with Forbes Preschool and St Laurence's.

Deputy Mayor Jenny Webb congratulated all nominees, and said this year's judges had had a very difficult task.

A full week of NAIDOC celebrations wraps up at the Wiradjuri Dreaming Centre from 4pm Friday.