The NAIDOC Perth Awards honour the outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and businesses in Perth. NAIDOC Perth have been managing these awards since 2007. Between 2007 and 2011 the Awards were announced at the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony. In 2012, they were held two weeks prior to NAIDOC Week at the Governor's Ball Room. In 2013 they were held again as a stand alone event at the Hyatt Regency Perth.



2014 BHP Billiton NAIDOC Perth Awards


VENUE: the iconic Heath Ledger Theatre

DATE: Friday 6th June 2014

TIME: 6.15pm / Commence 7.15pm

Showcasing: Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse, Jarrad Wall (Jake & The Cowboys), Phillip Walley-Stack, Theona Councillor, Urban Youth Crew and culminating in a Finale Spectacular.




Tickets are $56.75 each (inc. booking fee & credit card surcharge).  Book NOW through / 1300 795 012 or in person at the Venue Booking Office or Ticketek Agencies.


2013 NAIDOC Perth Awards



The 2013 NAIDOC Perth Awards were held at The Hyatt Regency Perth on Thursday the 20th of June. The event started at 6pm with guests asked to attend the pre-dinner celebrations in the Hyatt foyer. Hosted by channel ten TV presenter, Narelda Jacobs, twelve award winners were presented and recognised for their achievements and community contributions. The awards are given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, communities and organisations that have achieved and excelled within the Perth community. The evening also showcased some of Western Australia's finest Aboriginal talents including Bidyadanga community singer/songwriter - John Bennett, Noongar comedian - Derek Nannup, Miss NAIDOC Perth 2013 Maree Ansey and Motown group, The Merindas.




Winners & categories






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Kyle J Morrison is currently the Artistic Director and CEO of Australia’s largest Aboriginal theatre company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company, and is also one of Australia’s leading Aboriginal performers with extensive theatre and screen credits.

He has been professionally involved in the theatre and film industries for over 20 years. In 2012 Kyle J Morrison led Yirra Yaakin through a year of many firsts.

It was the first time any of Shakespeare’s works had been translated into the Noongar language; it was the first time Aboriginal actors have performed an Australian Aboriginal language on the historic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre stage in London; and for the first time he assisted to form an ongoing partnership with ‘The Blue Room Theatre’ to bring WA audiences Aboriginal stories from our new and emerging artists.












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Angela Ryder is an outstanding Noongar woman living and working in the southern suburbs of Perth. A wife, mother to four and grandmother to two, Angela’s inspirational and tireless contribution to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community is invaluable and truly precious. Angela currently works fulltime as the Manager of Aboriginal Services at Relationships Australia WA. She has also devoted many years to the Langford Aboriginal Association as one of its convening members. She is currently in her 12th year as Chairperson. Angela has also been involved in NAIDOC Perth as the Treasurer between 2007 and 2013, also in a voluntary capacity. Angela has always made herself available for her community and shows true leadership in the way she quietly goes about her work, often not seeking acknowledgement or recognition.











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Ashley Collard is employed as an Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer at Gilmore College. He is also a ‘tutor’ for the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program, which aims to support aspirant Aboriginal students to achieve their present and future goals, whether it be to gain employment, or enter TAFE or University. Ashley has always valued education and by example has completed a Certificate III Education Assistant course and a Certificate III in Aboriginal Youth Health. Ashley was recently awarded the “People’s Choice” award for the artwork that he submitted for the Rockingham Noongar Arts Competition. Ashley’s artwork is of such high standard that it has been used in storybooks that the Department of Education and Training has since published and made available for students across Western Australia. Ashley is an active member of the Follow the Dream Steering Committee and Student Services at Gilmore College. Ashley has been involved in a number of NAIDOC activities not only in Kwinana but across the entire metropolitan area. He is a brilliant artist, author, singer/songwriter and musician and has also started dabbling with sculpture.








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Larissa Bennell is a 17-year-old athlete from the Gnaala Karla Booja region, her success is in representing not only her State but also her country at international levels in both Softball and Cricket. For a young girl to commit to the love of her sports, to be a leading role model to our youth, Larissa is proof that effort and success is merited on commitment, self-determination and dedication. Larissa has self-funded her sporting expenses through raffling, working a number of jobs and sponsorship deals. In 2013 alone Larissa has travelled to San Francisco and Los Angeles in her role in the Under 17’s Australia USA Softball Tournament, she represented the state in the 2013 Under 17’s Nationals in Sydney and has been awarded the Sunday Women’s Football League ‘Most Consistent Player’.












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Sam and Valerie Miller are Noongar Elders from the South West of WA and have been married for the past 52 years. Together they have been foster carers with Yorganop for the past 19 years and have cared for 17 foster children. Of their own eight children, six are now foster carers themselves. They have a record of voluntary community service that spans more than 50 years, and have been involved in almost every Aboriginal community agency in the Perth metropolitan area at one time or another, usually in a volunteer capacity. As Carers they talk about positive outcomes for their children, and as Elders their leadership shows in their standing in the Aboriginal Community as hugely positive role models.






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As the name implies Derbarl Yerrigan is the Whadjuk Noongar term for the Swan River. Derbarl is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation delivering holistic health programs tailored mainly to the needs of Aboriginal families in Perth and surrounds – potentially around 37,000 people part of Perth’s resident and itinerant Aboriginal population. This year we celebrate the 40th year of uninterrupted operations of DYHS. This also makes it one of the longest serving Aboriginal Community Controlled Health services in the country. There are currently four Clinics around the metropolitan area – East Perth, Midland, Mirrabooka and Maddington with Aboriginal Health Workers, Nurses, Doctors, Specialists, Allied Health staff – physio, chiro, podiatrist, counsellor – dentists, dental assistants, liaison officers, drivers, support staff and others providing comprehensive services. The Autumn Centre is a hostel providing safe accommodation (board and lodging) for Aboriginal people needing to attend renal dialysis in the Perth area.
Represented in photo by Barbara Henry and Michelle Nelson-Cox.





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Gordon Cole is a Noongar man who is recognised for his leadership and contribution to Western Australia’s Aboriginal Community. Through his business G Cole Consulting, he specialises in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Coaching, Mentoring and Leadership along with exploring Global Markets expanding outside of Australia. Gordon is also leading the establishment of the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and is a Principle Partner in Global Professional Services International, a global consulting company.















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Aleisha Johns is the oldest of five children and comes from a very big family, her dad being the youngest out of 12 children. Aleisha graduated from CecilAndrews Senior High in 2010 with good grades and then went on to do a spray painting pre-apprenticeship, where her now boss came in looking for an apprentice. After two weeks of work experience at BG Panel & Paint she was offered a full apprenticeship. Three years on she has received numerous awards for her now completed apprenticeship, and one day aims to become one of the first female Aboriginal trade lectures in WA. Aleisha hopes to help and encourage other students and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids out there to achieve their dreams and help them to get the most out of there trade.












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Dylan Collard is a natural born leader and exceptional young 20-year-old Whadjuk-Ballardong man from Perth WA who has achieved a lot in a short time. Dylan is a 3rd Year student at the University of Western Australia studying a double degree in Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and International Relations). The Perth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community know Dylan is an excellent role model for youth and the wider community and consider him to be a bright and inspiring young Aboriginal leader.















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Kelsi Forrest is a 20-year-old Noongar woman currently in her third year of degrees in Law and Politics at the University of Western Australia. She is Co-Founder of ‘iAmtheOther’ which is a student run organisation that aims to bridge the social divide amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous people through meaningful conversations and building mutually respectful relationships. Kelsi was a member of the first National Indigenous Youth Parliament, and is an advocate for Reconciliation Australia and a supporter of Recognise - the campaign for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Kelsi is very passionate about making Australia a better place for her people and the greater Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.












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Albert Knapp has worked tirelessly for the Aboriginal community of WA, in particular the Noongar community. Albert has been an Aboriginal Pastor for many years and has attended and facilitated many funerals across the state. Albert has extensive links across WA and is well known and respected both as an Elder and community person. He works in a very sensitive and respectful manner and is always available when families need him. For the past four years Albert has worked with the Health Department to have a say on local health issues and advocate for a change in the way Government works with and provides services for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Albert is actively involved in chairing meetings, providing an Acknowledgement to Country at local events and participating in consultation meetings with service providers.











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Jean Boladeras is a Ballardong woman from the York/Northam region. She is the mother of six children, with fourteen grannies, and two great-grannies. She is a well respected and admired Noongar Elder recognised by her peers as highly intelligent with a great sense of humour. As an active member of the Perth Aboriginal Community, Jean is committed to her people, culture, family and friends, and to working hard for others. As a child she was institutionalised and forced to ignore her Aboriginal identity. She experienced pressure from authorities too ashamed of her heritage. But as she grew older she fought against any forced psyche of feeling ‘shame’ to be an Aboriginal and she sought out her Noongar roots, relationships, stories and memories. Jean stands as a proud Aboriginal woman today who engaged with higher studies to understand her past.











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