NAIDOC WEEK 5-12 JULY 2020

Vince Coulthard

2010
Lifetime Achievement Award

Vince Coulthard has been the Director of South Australia’s only Aboriginal Radio Station, the Umeewarra Aboriginal Media Association, for 16 years and is Director of the National Indigenous Radio Service.

Vince is an Adnyamathanha man who was born in Leigh Creek and grew up on the Nepabunna Mission.

Part of the first South Australian native title claim, Vince has been Vice Chair of the Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Council for 13 years. In 2009, led by Vince, the Adnyamathanha people won a consent determination over the largest native title claim in the state.

Vince was one of the first Aboriginal rangers employed by National Parks in South Australia and helped bring about the first Indigenous land usage agreement over a national park in South Australia.

He has facilitated many significant cultural events and is founder and director of the Iga Warta community, whose members explain the Dreaming and walk their country with visitors.

Instrumental in setting up the Nunga Court in Port Augusta, Vince continues to contribute as a mediator, elder and cultural mentor.

Vince has received three local NAIDOC awards, a Premier’s Australia Day Award and the Federation Medal.

A tireless champion of Indigenous voices, land rights and justice, Vince Coulthard empowers others to fulfil their dreams and make a difference.