Art brings together police, community

WINNERS: Shoalhaven Local Area Commander Superintendent Joe Cassar and Aboriginal elder Uncle Laddie Timbery present prizes to the winners of the inaugural Commander’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition Olivia Atkins and Cooper Glover, with Aboriginal issues officer Inspector Steve Johnson (left) and Shoalhaven Aboriginal community liaison officer Ben Wellington.

WINNERS: Shoalhaven Local Area Commander Superintendent Joe Cassar and Aboriginal elder Uncle Laddie Timbery present prizes to the winners of the inaugural Commander’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition Olivia Atkins and Cooper Glover, with Aboriginal issues officer Inspector Steve Johnson (left) and Shoalhaven Aboriginal community liaison officer Ben Wellington.

NORTH Nowra Public and Bomaderry High School students have taken out the inaugural Commander’s Aboriginal Artwork Competition, held as part of NAIDOC Week 2014.

Cooper Glover, 11, and Olivia Atkins, 16, who also represented the Nowra Youth Centre, were the major award winners.

Local Area Commander Superintendent Joe Cassar and Aboriginal elder Uncle Laddie Timbery presented the awards at a special ceremony at the Nowra Police Station on Wednesday.

Several entries were submitted by local children, particularly in the primary school age category.

The theme of the artworks was Reconciliation, Police and Community, with the finalists chosen by a judging panel of officers from the Shoalhaven Local Area Command and Mr Timbery.

Cooper and Olivia’s artworks will be displayed in the foyer at Nowra Police Station until next year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Prizes were also awarded in the primary section to second-placed Molly Johnson and third-placed Mason Parker.

Encouragement awards were presented to James, Jack and Joshua Lenihan.

“The support we received from local businesses such as Dolphin Watch Jervis Bay, Dymocks in Nowra and Laddie Timbery himself in providing prizes for the competition was superb and we can’t thank them enough,” Superintendent Cassar said.

Shoalhaven Local Area Command’s Aboriginal issues officer Inspector Steve Johnson said the competition was a great opportunity for local kids and teenagers to show their

talent.

“The competition was open to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children, meeting the theme of the competition,” he said.

“It was great to see some of the artworks produced by the children and we expect the competition to grow next year.”

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