Aboriginal leaders honoured at NAIDOC breakfast

WORTHY WINNERS: The 2019 NAIDOC award winners were presented with commemorative plates during a corporate breakfast at the Central Oval Complex.
WORTHY WINNERS: The 2019 NAIDOC award winners were presented with commemorative plates during a corporate breakfast at the Central Oval Complex.

One of Port Augusta's most celebrated artists has been named the winner of the 2019 NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Legendary wood carver Roy Coulthard was honoured for a lifetime commitment of passing on his knowledge and skills in wood carving.

"It means a lot to me, this award," Mr Coulthard said.

"I can go back and show this to my grandchildren 'Look what I've got', and they'll be happy."

Mr Coulthard has spent countless hours with people of all ages carefully passing on his knowledge in a culturally appropriate way.

He works in schools and has travelled across the country as part of Malka Carving to share his passion.

"I started wood carving when I was seven or eight years old with my dad up at Nepabunna," Mr Coulthard said.

"I did a lot of things wrong, as you always do when you first start doing things - a lot of things wrong. But gradually you'll get there and that's what happened."

In 2002 Mr Coulthard was awarded the Port Augusta NAIDOC Elder of the Year and was the 2006 NAIDOC Elder of the Year.

But nothing makes him happier than seeing the youth take in interest in Malka Carving.

"I am one of the last, I have been thinking that time's coming close for me; I'm losing a lot of hair on my head! I need to get this on board. Now I've got people I'm really happy," he said.

"I am over the moon now with this younger generation."

Priscilla Forbes also joined the long list of worthy award winners, taking home the 2019 NAIDOC Person of the Year Award.

Ms Forbes was recognised for her extensive commitment to the Port Augusta community and Aboriginal sport.

"I guess I just put my hand up for anything and everything," she joked.

When asked where her initiative stemmed from, Ms Forbes reflected on her late mother, Maxine Forbes.

"She was a strong leader in Port Augusta and if I could be half the person she was I think I'm well on track," she said.

"When we were doing the photo with all the award winners I thought 'Wow, I'm surrounded by all of these great people', so I'm very honoured, very honoured today."

The awards were presented on Monday morning at the NAIDOC Week Corportate Breakfast at Central Oval.

Other award recipients include;

Chevon McKenzie - Youth of the year

For her commitment to learning about her culture.

She is proud of her Aboriginality and takes every opportunity possible to learn more about her culture.

She is an outstanding artist and she has exhibited one artwork already with another going on display at the South Australian Museum.

She is also good at drama and is achieving in all of her subjects at school. She wants to become a teacher.

Maisie Wintinna - Female Elder

For her outstanding commitment to sharing her culture.

Maisie has worked tirelessly in schools to teach language and culture to children, she is especially committed to teaching mother tongue language classes.

She strives to ensure culture is kept strong.

Tamika Reid - Sportsperson of the year

For her commitment to sport. She plays basketball, netball, soccer and football.

At sports day she won the senior girls' trophy. She then went to Port Lincoln to WASSAC, and being successful there then went to Adelaide to SSASSA for her athletics.

She was chosen in the Adelaide Crows female academy and recently went to Darwin for competition and to play in a pre-AFL game.

Justin Mogridge - Male Elder

Justin works tirelessly for the Aboriginal community, he is always there to support people wherever support is needed.

He works hard to make a difference, particularly for Aboriginal men when they are struggling with mental health issues.

This is something he has always been passionate about.

Mr Musarra - Unsung Hero

For his kindness and commitment shown to the Aboriginal community of Port Augusta.

He always works in a culturally respectful way when dealing with Aboriginal people.

He is often seen at NAIDOC events and other community events, just quietly supporting the community.

Shawuana Kennedy - Scholar of the Year

For her leadership shown at PASS, her kindness and her academic achievements through some difficult times.

Shawuana began an AFL Sport Ready Aboriginal School Based Traineeship last year at the local ANZ bank.

She has also completed Cert 3 in Sport and Rec through SAASTA.