Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council were winners!
Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council and Coffs Harbour local
Michelle Sinclair were the winners of this year’s Grace Roberts Awards.
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 Coffs Harbour's local community and is recognised for her leadership
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 Awards 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.
Local Aboriginal Land Council won ‘Organisation of the for their Bush
Regeneration and Native Tree Nursery Programs, which employ eight local
Aboriginal trainees all undertaking TAFE certificates in Horticulture,
Conservation and Land Management.
Worker of the Year Award went to Michelle Sinclair for her efforts and
achievement in Aboriginal aged care support over the past nine years, as well
as her significant voluntary work in the community.
were presented at the Grace Roberts Community Development Awards
Presentation Night at Pacific Bay Novotel Resort.
on the night was provided by international singer-songwriter and Nhunggabarra,
Kooma and Muruwari man Glenn Skuthorpe who has performed around the globe
with artists as diverse as Archie Roach and Michelle Shocked.
also enjoyed a showcase by the Ngurrala Aboriginal Corporation, the Coffs
Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council and the ‘Deadly Sista Girls of
significant projects that have made a significant and important difference to
the Aboriginal community in the past year.