La Trobe celebrates Naidoc leaders

Following on from the success of last year's inaugural event, La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga hosted a sell-out NAIDOC Awards Night on Sunday.

Co-ordinated by the University's Indigenous Education Unit, the awards recognised the significant achievements and contributions of the Albury-Wodonga region's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

This year's theme for NAIDOC week was 'Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond'.

Dr Pettina Love, Indigenous Student Services Officer at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga, said the University was proud to play a part in such an important national event.

'The Naidoc Awards Night was a very exciting evening and everybody had a lot of fun,' Dr Love said.

'Uncle Ken "Tunny" Murray gave a fantastic speech and he reminded everyone how important it is to be part of a strong, supportive community.

'We had a great turnout, it was a wonderful night and everybody was very deserving of their awards.

'It really reminded us to take time to congratulate people for the good things they do within our community  - we are very lucky to live in Albury-Wodonga, it is such a great place filled with wonderful people.'

Dr Guinever Threlkeld, Head of Campus at La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga, said the NAIDOC awards night celebration was a relaxed, social function celebrating some wonderful people.

'At La Trobe, we really value community and to be able to formally recognise some of Albury-Wodonga's most inspirational Indigenous community members was an honour,' Dr Threlkeld said.

The award winners were:

*           Uncle Arthur Melrose Memorial Encouragement Award: Larissa Moffitt

*           Elder of the Year: Uncle Ken "Tunny" Murray

*           Youth of the Year: Tahlia Biggs

*           Community Person of the Year: Bec Willis

*           Scholar of the Year: Leonie McIntosh

*           Sportsperson of the Year: Kylie Whitehead

*           Appreciation Award: Shri McMillan

The Awards were held at The Cube in Hovell St, Wodonga, on Sunday 13 July.

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Leah Humphrys, Media and Communications, (03) 9479 5353

Image: Uncle Ken Murray gives a moving speech. Photo by Robert Whybrow