Awards season is well and truly here — with big prizes handed out in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales in recent weeks.
In WA, elder and nurse Gail Allison was recognised in the state’s WA Day Awards for improving the lives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Ms Allison’s work to prevent drug and alcohol abuse has had a significant impact on the country areas of Laverton, Leonora, Kalgoorlie, Wiluna and Geraldton, as well as Perth city.
At the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, mining giant Rio Tinto won the business category for its employment at Cape York.
Other winners included the Cherbourg Historical Precinct Group, which won the community award for its Ration Shed Museum Reconciliation Fun Run, and Mabel Park State High School which won the education section.
Queensland Theatre, the Lone Star Company and Ergon Network and Energex won the partnership prize for the production ‘My Name is Jimi’.
At the Victorian Helping Achieve Reconciliation Together Awards, the City of Greater Shepparton was among the winners for its Aboriginal Street Art Project.
The Lake Bolac Eel Festival also picked up a gong for its Kuyang Lapakira event, as did Inner North West Primary Care Partnership for its ‘Working in Two Worlds’ project.