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(AUSTRALIA) NT Australian Of The Year 2022 Report: The woman responsible for driving a major agreement aimed at reducing Indigenous incarceration rates and improving justice outcomes in the Northern Territory #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.02: The agreement aims to reduce imprisonment rates, increase Aboriginal leadership and improve justice outcomes for Indigenous Territorians, in partnership with Aboriginal people.

#AceDailyNews says according to local news ‘ Indigenous Justice Advocate’ Leanne Liddle has been named NT Australian of the Year in moving ceremony: Born in Alice Springs, Arrernte woman Leanne Liddle, 52, was the first Indigenous woman to become a police officer in South Australia: After leaving the police force she attained a law degree, and went on to work for the United Nations and several high-profile government roles: During her decade of service she fought racism and discrimination, which further fuelled her drive to make a difference in the justice sector:

A serious-looking woman looking out into the distance against a desert backdrop.
Aboriginal justice unit director Leanne Liddle is the 2022 NT Australian of the Year.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

She joined the Aboriginal Justice Unit in 2017 and, in that role, has been the driving force behind the Aboriginal Justice Agreement.

Ms Liddle said she wanted to use the platform provided by the awards to bring greater attention to people suffering under the current system.

“I want people to know that we don’t live in a fair and just system, where everything is equal,” she told the awards ceremony in Darwin. 

“I want people to know that, behind those statistics that we see with the imprisonment rates, with the domestic and family violence rates, with children and child protection, are people. And those people are the people that I’ve been charged to help with the Justice Agreement.”

NT Senior Australian of the Year: Robyne Burridge

Robyn Burridge is in a wheelchair on a jetty. She is smiling at the sea.
Disability services advocate and Focus-A-Bility founder Robyne Burridge is the 2022 NT Senior Australian of the Year. (ABC News: Ian Redfearn)

The NT Senior Australian of the Year award went to disability services advocate Robyne Burridge, aged 76.

Ms Burridge was recognised for her lifetime of work as a leader, advocate and activist in the disability sector. 

Ms Burridge is the founder of Focus-A-Bility, an organisation that provides advocacy, case management and information to individuals living with disability.

She is also a founding member of Integrated DisAbility Action and a member of the NT Primary Health Network governance committee.

“I have 76 years of lived experience… and all [living with a disability] is just another challenge,” she said.

“What I really want to see is more inclusiveness.

“There is much more inclusiveness now of people with disabilities, [but] we still have huge problems with access.”

NT Young Australian of the Year: Sizolwenkosi Fuyana

Sizol Fuyana sitting at her desk smiling at the camera
Businesswoman, podcaster and youth advocate Sizolwenkosi Fuyana is the 2022 NT Young Australian of the Year.(ABC: Liz Trevaskis)

Like Ms Liddle, youth justice is also a passion for NT Young Australian of the Year winner Sizolwenkosi Fuyana.

The 20-year-old small business owner, podcaster and youth advocate was recognised for her devotion to supporting disadvantaged young people at risk of entering the justice system.

Her work includes founding and working as the managing director of Fuyana Support, a consultancy firm that provides social and emotional wellbeing support to young people, developing a Youth Info Map in partnership with the City of Palmerston, and chairing the Northern Territory Youth Round Table. 

She also works with youth at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and presents a podcast about personal growth and facing adversity.

“I look back to the Sizol of two years ago — I was sitting in a psych ward, and I remember a nurse, she said to me, ‘Sizol, one day, you’re going to change the world.’ And I looked at her and I said, ‘I’m in psych ward, how is that possible?’

“I’m not here to represent myself, I’m here to represent the young people in Don Dale that I work with, cause they’re the ones that will be here after me.”

NT Local Hero: Rebecca Forrest

Daughter with guitar with mum at a suburban lake setting. Smiling.
Event organiser and fundraiser Rebecca Forrest, pictured with her daughter Tahlia, is the 2022 NT Local Hero.(ABC Radio Darwin: Conor Byrne)

Rebecca Forrest was honoured with the NT Local Hero award for her more than 13 years of work raising awareness and funds for a wide range of causes. 

Her efforts have contributed to raising about $1 million in funds towards violence prevention and supporting people with autism, Life Education, the Cancer Council and Police Legacy. 

She is also the founder of No One Left Behind, which runs events focused on inspiring others.

All four Northern Territory winners are now eligible for the national Australian of the Year awards, which will be announced at a ceremony on January 25 next year.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.02: 2021:

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