18/12/2020

The Premier’s COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Leadership Awards recognised 13 Aboriginal communities whose outstanding approaches kept South Australians safe.

The Premier’s COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Leadership Awards recognised 13 Aboriginal communities whose outstanding approaches kept South Australians safe.

Premier Steven Marshall has acknowledged many Aboriginal communities their respresentatives for extraordinary leadership during South Australia’s response to the COVID-19 national health emergency.

A COVID-Safe awards ceremony was held at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Centre on the evening of Thursday 17 December, at which representatives from 13 Aboriginal communities were recognised for their excellent work to date implementing the necessary arrangements to keep South Australia safe and strong:

  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara
  • Maralinga Tjarutja/Oak Valley
  • Yalata
  • Koonibba
  • Umoona
  • Davenport
  • Gerard
  • Nepabunna
  • Iga Warta
  • Point Pearce
  • Raukkan
  • Dunjiba
  • Yarilena

The event was accessible online to remote and regional communities via a live stream.

Throughout 2020, the Government of South Australia has worked in partnership with Aboriginal community councils and their leadership, other Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, the Aboriginal Lands Trust, the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia and others to help keep Aboriginal people safe from COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus.

From March to July, some remote and regional communities were designated areas under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act 2015. This opt in process involved temporary entry restrictions, which impacted local residents and travellers.

Watch the Premier’s COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Leadership Awards, recorded live on 17 December 2020.