Grace Roberts was a local Aboriginal woman who history
records as being a positive role model for her people and a person of great
substance. She had a positive and lasting impact on the Coffs Harbour community, and is recognised for her leadership and guidance. From her
determination, and by example, she improved the quality of life for Aboriginal
people in our city.
Council and the Yandaarra Aboriginal Consultative
Committee launched the Grace Roberts Community Development Award in 1999 to
acknowledge individuals who, like Grace Roberts have made a significant
contribution to enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal people in the Coffs Harbour
Recipients of the Award since its launch have included Anita Craig,
Daphne Flanders, Sue Hoskins, Barry Hoskins,
Trevor Wilson, Christine Robinson, Bea Ballangarry,
Harry Mumbulla, Julie Carey, Mark Flanders, Reuben Robinson and Clark Webb among others. All
have demonstrated their willingness and strength to develop and help their community.
The Grace Roberts Community Development Awards are held annually to coincide with NAIDOC Week.