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2 – 9 July 2023
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Keri Tamwoy

Keri Tamwoy

Person of the Year

Keri Tamwoy is of the Putch people, Wik Mungkan, in the community of Aurukun located in the remote western Cape York Peninsula.

She is the co‐founder of the Wik Women’s Group which champions for education and safety of women and children. She also has a leading role in a recent Cape York campaign to co‐design strategies to combat youth sexual violence.

Keri says her proudest achievement is being appointed from her community Elders as ‘Thaa Punt’, the peacemaker.

She is a reformed leader and the newest mayor of Aurukun and, through her hard work and resilience, believes she will not stop until her local people have power over their own lives.