Alice based NGO Waltja tops national award

p2159-WaltjaWaltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs last night topped the 2014 Indigenous Governance Awards for the best run Aboriginal organisation or project in Australia.


At a gala dinner last night at BHP Billiton’s headquarters in Melbourne, Waltja – delivering services to families and communities – tied with Swan Hill’s The Marruk Project for the gong decided by a high-calibre judging panel, including the heads of the Business Council and Productivity Commission.


They assess the finalists against criteria including self-determination, cultural relevance and legitimacy, future planning, and resilience.


Awards chair Professor Mick Dodson says: “To me it is clear, when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are empowered to take the lead in decisions about their lives and draw on culture as a source of strength and resilience, anything is possible. The 2014 finalists are perfect examples of this.”


Reconciliation Australia, in partnership with BHP Billiton, holds the awards biennially. In 2014, a record 113 high-quality applications were received from a diverse range of organisations, hailing from some of Australia’s remotest communities and busiest cities.


PHOTO by Wayne Quilliam shows Waltja staff Sonja Dare, Erin Turner, and James Fielding.




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  1. Cheryl North
    Posted November 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Excellent decision to give the award to Waltja (and the Marruk Project). Thanks to all the Waltja Staff and the directors for many years of great work.

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  2. Peters
    Posted November 1, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Apart from this award for good governance exactly what has Waltja achieved?

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  3. Posted October 31, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Congratulations to Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation from Alice Springs and Swan Hill’s The Marruk Project.
    Absolutely Wonderful!

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