An upcoming awards night will be the first of its kind in Katherine celebrating the achievements of people with disabilities.
Triumphs big and small have long-gone unnoticed in Katherine; typically larger Darwin organisations scoop up the majority of accolades at a Territory level, and Katherine is even less celebrated interstate.
But all that is about to change with a local organisation taking recognition into its own hands.
NT Friendship and Support, a not-for-profit supporting individuals and families living with a disability, is coinciding the International Day of People with Disability with Katherine's inaugural Disability Award Ceremony.
"We have a large number of organisations who work with people with disabilities... they are consistently having to think outside the box to effect good service provision," CEO of NT Friendship and Support, Stephanie Ransome said.
"This is about recognising the achievements of individuals with disabilities as well as the achievements of organisations and support workers."
Following changes to the NDIS, which put people living with a disability at the centre of decision making, service providers have had to work harder and smarter, especially in remote areas.
"Canberra has this view it just happens in remote regions, but we have to be very creative to make it happen," Ms Ransome said.
"If we don't work together to create opportunities for services to happen in a remote community, it just won't happen."
At the centre of Katherine's disability sector, Ms Ransome said she was constantly hearing of "fantastic stories about people with disabilities".
"Achievements for a person with a disability are often the smallest things which have the biggest impact, we wanted to recognise those moments.
"It comes down to what the individual has achieved and it could be anything from someone learning to tie their shoe lace, or going to school for two days in a row because their disability is a barrier, or someone who has successfully applied for a job."
The awards will recognise individuals, businesses and organisations who are based in Katherine and the communities of Bulman, Barunga, Beswick, Jilkminggan, Mataranka, Manyallaluk, Booroloola, Ngukurr and Numbulwar.
Creative nominations allowing for a range of people to enter the award are encouraged.
"People with disabilities have different ways of communicating, and not everyone can talk, read or write," Ms Ransome said.
Nominations for the award close in two weeks in time for the ceremony on December 7, and can be sought by emailing KatherineDisabilityAwards@ntfriendship.org.au.
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