We received a runner up recognition at the Indigenous Governance Awards. Being a finalist within 9 and after a group of 133, of which the last 20 were all as good as each other, we have done pretty well. Labor Senator and Professor Pat Dodson was at awards and made special effort to come and congratulate our team on the great work we are doing.
The Indigenous Governance Awards were created by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton to identify, celebrate and promote effective Indigenous governance. Effective Indigenous governance is about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making and implementing decisions about their communities, lives and futures.
The national awards highlight success in Indigenous Australia—strong leadership, good management, effective partnerships and brave, creative thinking. The Awards have been running since 2005 and are now run every two years.
There are two award categories:
Category A: Outstanding examples of Indigenous governance in Indigenous incorporated organisations
Category B: Outstanding examples of Indigenous governance in non-incorporated initiatives or projects