Gladstone’s Annual NAIDOC Ball was held at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on Saturday night 4th July 2015. Stockland Gladstone is a proud sponsor of the annual awards which recognises local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the areas of sports, community, cultural, and academic and celebrate the contribution they make to the community.
Richard Johnson was awarded the prestigious title of Elder of the Year for 2015 and was humbled by the recognition of his work. As a founding member of a community development organisation focused on youth and health he has played a significant role in establishing the Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation.
Lee-Ann Dudley, a proud Bailai woman with South Sea and Torres Strait Islander heritage, was honoured on the night with the Community Award for her work making health services more accessible for indigenous people, in particular the elderly and the young. She is a hardworking and well-loved member of the community and has driven many positive changes.
The Sports Award was given to Conrad Inga, a qualified teacher who has been involved in organising, coaching and managing many successful rugby league events in the community. Conrad highlights the power of sport in bringing about reconciliation.
Leanne Garthwaite was awarded the Cultural Award on the night for her work in developing a cultural awareness program to be included into the curriculum at Tannum Sands Primary School that has been heavily supported in the region by business and community alike.