Northern Territory Community Achievement Awards
AANT Road Safety Award
DRV4LYF Driving School of Katherine started in 2007 to help reduce injuries and deaths on the roads, specifically focused on the dangers of drinking, drugs and fatigue. They conduct training and testing for C class licences in automatic and manual cars and METAL courses for motorcyclists. They deliver the Drivesafe NT program, both theory and practical and visit Indigenous communities for driver training and alcohol and drug awareness. Advise has been provided to the Rotary Club about re-establishing the Katherine Road Safety Centre and DRV4LYF purchased a $20,000 driving simulator which is on loan to the Katherine High School Flexible Learning Centre.
Anthony Hill, Chief Executive Officer, AANT & DRV4LYF Driving School
Awards Australia Health & Wellbeing Award
“Ask the Specialist: Larrakia, Tiwi and Yolngu stories to inspire better healthcare” is a podcast by the Menzies School of Health Research, which aims to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people. Menzies’ PhD student Vicki Kerrigan created the podcast series with Aboriginal community leaders and Royal Darwin Hospital staff. They share their personal experiences as patients and professional health workers and impart their cultural knowledge to enhance the health workers’ ability to deliver culturally safe care to Aboriginal people across the Top End of the NT. The podcasts have been downloaded 6,000 times globally and have been endorsed by the Top End Health Service. The creators are working to embed it into cultural education delivered to all staff
Le Smith, Acting Chief Executive Officer, NT PHN – Rural Workforce Agency & Ask the Specialist
Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award
Outlook Psychology – Nhulunbuy was established in 2016 in an attempt to meet the extreme mental health needs of East Arnhem communities. Outreach Psychology services help improve accessibility, and social and emotional wellbeing groups have been created for young Indigenous men. They contract with local stakeholders to provide Employee Assistance Programs, allowing staff to access counselling sessions for free. They conduct the annual RU ok awareness and community event. Outlook Psychology is an NDIS provider and has accessed Government funding for Access To Allied Psychological Service (ATAPS). They have four full-time psychologists and two admin staff, servicing a region of 16,000 people.
Inspirational.Australians Podcast Local Legend Award
Tristan Duggie is an advocate of good quality education for his people. Tristan is a local Aboriginal male leader of the Barkly Region. As full-time Student Engagement Officer, he works with community principals, teachers and families targeting school student attendance, travelling four days a week to Epenarra, Canteen Creek and Ali Curung. He is a newly elected volunteer Director at the Barkly Regional Arts Organisation and a member of the Celebrating Aboriginal Culture, an Australia Day Grant of the Consultative Committee under the Office of Aboriginal Affairs. Tristan also represents the Barkly people as an Aboriginal Advisor to the Chief Minister of the NT Government.
Woolworths Community Group of the Year
Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation aims to build financial independence through diverse and sustainable business enterprises whilst protecting and honouring the environment, traditional culture and languages. BAC is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation, governed by a board of predominantly Indigenous Directors. Their program, “Tucker Run,” is a weekly mobile shopping service provided to the 32 homelands in the Maningrida region. They have been operating the program for twenty years. This is in response to inadequate access to food and living equipment supplies due to poor road conditions and distance to the supermarket. During the wet season, BAC’s retail supermarket delivers by boat or aircraft to areas that are inaccessible.
Paul Burgess, Store Manager, Woolworths Nightcliff & Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation Winner
Zip Print Sports in the Community Award
Watarrka Foundation - Annual Sports & Story Telling Festival aims to bring together distant communities, generate excitement around education and promote good health habits. The Festival is organised by Wattarka Foundation, a not-for-profit founded by Reg Ramsden and supported by his company Remote Educational Tours. The organisation is focused on young people, delivering programs that support a sustainable organisation, education, healthy lifestyles and independent livelihoods for Aboriginal communities in the region. During the Festival, there are drama performances and sport and exercise. The Festival is attended by over 40 children from remote communities, as well as their teachers, community elders and volunteers. They hope to create leaders of tomorrow.
Mark Teakle, Managing Director, Zip Print & Watarraka Foundation - Annual Sports & Story Telling Festival Winner