I congratulate the winners of the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards, Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs and Swan Hill’s The Marruk Project who were presented with their Awards last night in Sydney.
These are outstanding examples of Indigenous organisations delivering positive outcomes for their local communities while demonstrating the highest standards of governance.
Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation supports and advocates for remote communities. The organisation is raising money and investing locally in social enterprises to benefit members including for disability support care and emergency relief.
The Marruk Project in Swan Hill creates opportunities for elders, children and young people, artists and cultural leaders to get to know each other by getting to know their histories. Using acting, puppetry, dance, live music and video, the project raises cross-cultural awareness and develops the skills of participating performers through the re-telling of creation stories.
I would also like to congratulate all the other finalists of these prestigious awards and recognise that they too, have been operating with exceptionally high standards of governance.
This year saw a record 113 entrants apply to be part of the Indigenous Governance Awards. Each of these need to be congratulated as they demonstrate the strength of Indigenous Australians and their organisations.
The Indigenous Governance Awards are about sharing success from Indigenous communities and organisations around Australia, and showcasing how Indigenous Australians are driving real change on the ground.
The Awards celebrate and promote strong Indigenous governance, and recognise that effective governance, leadership and the recognition of culture is essential to community-led approaches that provide real outcomes for Indigenous people.
Strong governance, including transparency and accountability, in Indigenous communities is essential in ensuring that strong Indigenous organisations are capable of delivering high quality services to their clients.
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2014-10-31 MS – SCULLION – Indigenous Governance Awards.pdf