Media Release by The Hon Jenny Macklin MP

Celebrating Indigenous talent at the Deadlys

The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today congratulated the 28 Indigenous Australians and organisations that received awards at last night’s 16th annual Deadly Awards.

The Deadlys showcase the depth of talent and achievements of Indigenous Australians across the fields of sport, the arts, education, health, employment, cultural advancement and leadership.

This year the public showed their strong support for the nominees with a record 29,000 votes received.

It is a fantastic achievement to receive a Deadly award and all of last night’s winners have shown great leadership, talent and commitment in their fields.

Last night Bran Nue Dae won film of the year and actors Deborah Mailman and Rocky McKenzie won awards for their roles in the film.

Colleen Carwood from the Prince of Wales Hospital was named Indigenous Health Worker of the Year and Dan Sultan won Male Artist of the Year.

The Deadlys is Australia’s largest Indigenous awards night and this year the gala event was held at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

The Australian Government is proud to support the Deadlys and provided $20,000 to help fund the awards.

2010 Deadly award winners

Award category Winner
Most Promising New Talent in Music Busby Marou
Album Release of the Year Archie Roach 1988 – Archie Roach
Single Release of the Year Letter – Dan Sultan
Live Production of the Year The Sapphires
Outstanding Achievement in Literature Manhattan Dreaming – Anita Heiss
Television Show of the Year Message Stick – ABC TV
Television Personality of the Year Wendell Sailor – The Footy Show
Dancer of the Year Yolande Brown
Visual Artist of the Year Walangari Karntawarra
Film of the Year Bran Nue Dae
Male Sportsperson of the Year Timana Tahu – NRL
Female Sportsperson of the Year Josie Janz – Netball
Female Actor of the Year Deborah Mailman – Bran Nue Dae
Male Actor of the Year Rocky McKenzie – Bran Nue Dae
Outstanding Achievement in AFL Nathan Lovett-Murray
Outstanding Achievement in NRL Jamal Idris
Female Artist of the Year Naomi Wenitong
Outstanding Achievement in RnB and Hip Hop Last Kinection
Most Promising New Talent in Sport Ben Barba – NRL
Band of the Year The Medics
Male Artist of the Year Dan Sultan
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Dr Peter O’Mara – Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association
Indigenous Health Worker of the Year Colleen Carwood – Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Swim For Life Program – (YMCA Perth)
Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Advancement Shane Phillips
Community Broadcaster of the Year Glen Crump – Mission Beat Moree
Leader of the Year Patricia Turner – NITV
Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education St Teresa’s Agricultural College (Abergowrie QLD).