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27 October 2016 Grace Roberts Award Winners Announced

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.


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 Coffs Harbour's local 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 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.

Coffs Harbour 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.

The Community 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.

The awards were presented at the Grace Roberts Community Development Awards Presentation Night at Pacific Bay Novotel Resort.

Entertainment 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.

The audience 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.​