Community Justice Awards Honour Koories Improving Indigenous Outcomes

The state-wide Koori Community Justice Awards held today recognised individuals and groups who work hard to improve justice outcomes for the Koori community.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula congratulated award recipients at today’s ceremony held at the Aborigines Advancement League.

Award winners are selected at regional level and are then eligible for the eight biennial state-wide awards.

The awards recognise the tireless work being undertaken in education, employment, working with young people, innovative and creative programs and importantly the contribution of Koori Elders.

This year has also seen the introduction of an award in memory of Uncle Alf Bamblett, recognising the leadership and guidance within the community and government he provided throughout his life.

The Dr Alf Bamblett Memorial Award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence in achieving positive justice outcomes for the Koori community over time.

The inaugural winner of this award was Uncle Wayne ‘Swisha’ Bell, who has been honoured posthumously for his commitment to improving justice outcomes for the Koori community. He was recognised particularly for his work as a Client Service Officer at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Barwon South West office and his 20 years of volunteer work with the Palawarrra Aboriginal Community Justice Panel on a local, regional and state-wide level.

A full listing of today’s winners can be found below.

Quotes attributable to Attorney General Martin Pakula

“We’re proud to work with the Koori community and the biennial state-wide Koori Community Justice Awards allows us to pay tribute to those who have achieved excellence in improving justice outcomes.”

“Congratulations to all the recipients of these awards who have contributed significantly to addressing the over-representation of Koori Victorians in our criminal justice system.”

“The work that all nominees do in the community is vital to achieving a better outcome for Koories in contact with the justice system.”