2015 National NAIDOC Award winners honoured in Adelaide

Group photo of the 2015 Award Winners and National NAIDOC Committee

The National NAIDOC Committee congratulates the ten outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were honoured at the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony in Adelaide last night.

Tauto Sansbury, a local South Australian Narungga man, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Tauto is a respected advocate for social justice and has fought to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people in the criminal justice system.

The 2015 Person of the Year Award, sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank, went to Northern Territory’s, Rosalie Kunoth Monks, for her tireless campaigning on human rights and dedication to politics over the past 50 years.

Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, presented the Youth of the Year Award to Chris Tamwoy, from Queensland. Chris was honoured for his exceptional musical talent and outstanding contributions to reconciliation.

The Committee extends its congratulations to all of the 2015 National NAIDOC Award winners.

“It is humbling to see the breadth of amazing work being done by so many talented and dedicated individuals across our land,” said Committee Co-Chair, Benjamin Mitchell.

Congratulations to:

  • Warddeken Caring for Country Project (NT) - Caring for Country Award winner
  • Chris Tamwoy (QLD) – Youth of the Year
  • Daren Dunn (NSW) – Artist of the Year
  • Michelle Deshong (QLD) – Scholar of the Year
  • Ashley Farrall (QLD) – Apprentice of the Year
  • Ryan Morich (WA) – Sportsperson of the Year
  • Veronica Perrule Dobson (NT) – Female Elder of the Year
  • Graham Taylor (WA) – Male Elder of the Year
  • Rosalie Kunoth Monks (NT) – Person of the Year
  • Tauto Sansbury (SA) – Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Committee acknowledged the Australian Government for its ongoing support and the Commonwealth Bank for its generous sponsorship of the 2015 VIP area and the $20,000 Person of the Year bursary.

“We are delighted to have worked with amazing partners again this year, including the Australian Government, whose continued support of NAIDOC is recognised and appreciated,” said Committee Co-Chair, Anne Martin.

The Awards were hosted at the Adelaide Convention Centre and attended by over 1200 guests. Guests included Kaurna Elders (the traditional owners), the South Australian community, federal and state politicians and high profile Indigenous affairs identities.

The Committee welcomed back Luke Caroll and Malarndirri McCarthy as hosts for the evening. The entertainment line-up included Black Comedy sensation Steven Oliver, country music legend Glenn Skuthorpe, soul mamma Rochelle Pitt, and Terra Firma from regional NSW.

The Committee thanked all involved in making this year another successful National NAIDOC event.

“It is a great privilege for us to be able to stage the Awards each year in a different city around this beautiful country. I would like to convey a special thank you to the NAIDOC SA Committee for its assistance with the Awards and the Kaurna people for welcoming us onto their land”, said Mr Mitchell.

Lastly, congratulations to Darwin, NT, which was announced last night as the National NAIDOC Awards Host city for 2016.

Highlights of the night are now available at www.nitv.org.au and a two hour programme will be aired on National Indigenous Television on Sunday 19 July at 7:30pm.

For more information on NAIDOC Week and the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards winners, visit www.naidoc.org.au

Media contact Jacqui Princi - naidoc@pmc.gov.au or 0419 777 653.