Lives Lived Well has announced the recipients of its inaugural Deadly Awards program.

These awards were introduced to showcase the work being done across the organisation and in the communities we operate in, to support Reconciliation and Closing the Gap.

More than 30 nominations were received for individuals and teams from across Lives Lived Well.

An assessment panel made up of RAP Group members and Reconciliation QLD CEO, Erin Lang, reviewed the nominations and made recommendations. The panel was impressed by the breadth and depth of the nominations.

The 2022 Deadly Award recipients in the four categories were:

Clinical delivery
South-West QLD AOD team

Community Engagement
Gold Coast Youth team

Leadership Excellence
Leanne Lawrence – Watershed

Caring for Country
Uncle Ron Turpin – Shanty Creek

RAP Chair, Nathan Campbell, said he hoped the awards will inspire teams to continue supporting Reconciliation efforts and perhaps generate new ideas for how these efforts could translate into action.

“The Deadly Awards show us the many possibilities of how we can support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities,” Nathan said. “There are ideas and strategies that we can all learn from.”

About the awards

The LLW Deadly Awards were created by young Sunshine Coast First Nations artist, BJ Murphy using Jinibara (Black Wattle). BJ provided the following description of the awards:

“They feature symbols such as the river, relevant to us because a river is forever changing and adapting. A message stick forms part of the award and depicts a Wedgtail eagle, signifying strength, surrounded by a circle representing place. Footprints symbolise our ancestors, who are always with us in spirit.”

The Deadly Awards are an initiative of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAO) 2021-22.