Grace Roberts Community Development Awards

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Grace Roberts Community Development Awards

​​​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 area.

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. 

2019 Grace Roberts Community Development Awards

Applications are now closed for the 2019 Awards.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Grace Roberts Community Development Awards Night, presented the Yandaarra Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Coffs Harbour City Council.

Date: Friday 12 July 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Tickets: $45 including 3 course dinner, cultural performances and music by Matty Devitt Band - book online now.

2018 Grace Roberts Community Development Awards Winners:

Grace Roberts Memorial Community Development Award:
· Jenny Skinner (Winner)
· Kelly Gittins
· Eli McGuire
· Richard Widders

Academic Achievement Award:
· Joanne Hine
· Deakin Walker (Winner) 

Sporting Achievement Award:
· Tanisha Wallace (Winner)
· Coastal Warriors Health Challenge Crew

Youth of the Year Award:
· Elayla Spencer
· Tanisha Wallace
· Corey Warn (Winner)