Northern Territory Community Achievement Awards

2021 Winners

AANT Road Safety Award

DriveAbout evolves road safety education using edtech. DriveAbout converted the Drivers Licence User Handbook into competency-based animation of road rules and road safety principles, which is available to download. The animation comes in 14 languages, including eight indigenous languages. They are delivered from an app platform with a test, effectively replacing the road rule book and testDriveAbout teamed up with Arnhem Land Progress Association to place a free ALPA DriveAbout in Indigenous Languages in app stores to impact road safety statistics, reduce incarceration and increase employability. DriveAbout also gifted $240,000 worth of interactive eBooks to Northern Territory youth to save lives.

Edon Bell, Senior Manager Retail & Operations, AANT & DriveAbout (Matt McCourt)


Northern Territory PHN Health & Wellbeing Award

Jintangka is passionate about destigmatising mental health and suicide amongst First Nations people. Jintangka is a small operating Aboriginal-owned business that focuses on providing mental health training and holistic cultural and spiritual wellbeing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Jintangka, which means “all together”, is managed by Billy-Jo Napaljarri Wesley, a young Warlpiri and Marrathiyel First Nations woman with strong connections to culture and country. Jintangka provides a platform for community members to discuss surreal issues, providing culturally appropriate mental health training on what warning signs to look out for and how to initiate conversations in both English and traditional language.

Rob Moore, Executive Manager, Strategy Implementation and Partnership, Northern Territory PHN & Jintangka (Billy-jo)

Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award

Bush Medijina is empowering women to connect and have a sense of purpose. Bush Medijina is an Indigenous-owned-and-operated business that combines traditional knowledge and scientifically proven formulas to create natural skincare products. Governed by an all-female board, they support Warningakalina women and families across the Groote Eylandt Archipelago. They hand-harvest botanicals and hand-make and package everything. They engaged a chemist to show them how to blend modern skincare techniques with traditional knowledge to get the best of their bush medicine plants. In 2021, Bush Medijina won the Nourished Life Wellness Awards, Best products award for their miracle balm and lip balm.

The Hon Paul Kirby MLA, Minister for Small Business & Bush Medijina

Inspirational.Australians Podcast Local Legend Award

Dianne Tynan helped establish the Elizabeth Valley Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, where she has been the Captain for 37 years. She was appointed member of the Bushfires Council in 1999, a position she still holds today. Dianne has lobbied the Government for improvements to support for volunteer brigades and in capacity to manage bushfires and keep rural communities safe. She co-founded the NT Bushfire Volunteers Association in 1993 and was its president until 2021. She also served as NT delegate to the Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Associations, where she contributed to developing the national standards of safety and support for volunteer firefighters.

Rachael Bowker, Executive Director, Darwin Community Legal Service & Dianne Tynan


Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award

Kalano Community Association Inc is dedicated to improving the quality of life, dignity and respect for Indigenous people. Established in 1975, Kalano Community Association is an Aboriginal organisation that delivers fourteen community-based culturally appropriate programs and services. The Big Rivers Child and Family Centre helps improve children’s health and create family resilience. The Youth Diversion Program uses early intervention techniques to identify causes of youth crime/anti-social behaviours. The Community Development Program offers assistance in securing a job, training or skill. Their Youth Outreach Transport service transports youth to self-identified safe locations. Kalano also holds and funds events such as NAIDOC festivities and Indigenous Careers Expo.

Anthea Halliday, State Marketing Manager SA, NT and WA, Woolworths & Kalano Community Association Inc


Zip Print Sports in the Community Award

Swampdogs Rugby Union Club is helping nurture a sense of belonging and pride. Swampdogs Rugby Union Club is a not-for-profit sporting organisation and the only rugby union club in the rural area of outer Darwin. They have both senior and junior teams in the Darwin Club Rugby Competition. The club caters to both junior girls and boys aged 4 to 17, senior men’s and women’s, and players 35 and over. They support mental health development in rural areas and prioritises support to members through peer support initiatives. They actively support the T for Thomas Sepsis Awareness Initiative in honour of their member Thomas Snell.

Mark Teakle, Managing Director, Zip Print & Swampdogs Rugby Union Club