Reconciliation Week 2020 Art Competition

Reconciliation Week 2020 Art Competition


The recent Shire wide Reconciliation Art competition has been judged by renowned Aboriginal artist Mr Frank Wright. Council community development and youth teams partnered with Mission Australia and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to stage the competition throughout the Shire in a bid to raise awareness and understanding of reconciliation with the youth and young people.

Mr Frank Wright, who judged the competition said, “There was some outstanding entries and the competition has unearthed some very talented young people in all the communities.”

With such a high number of entries received, Council would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all work and appreciates the time and effort children have put into their artwork and a big congratulations to all the winners from each town.

The categories were:  Kindergarten – Years 3 / Years 4 – Years 6   /Years 7 – Years 12  


Lightning Ridge – Meg Barry & Hunter Brack

Collarenebri – Lashanti Werribone & Joyce Adams

Walgett – Gabriel Siemer, Rafael Siemer, Alexis Aylett, Vincent Hill & Leslie Wallace

The winners were awarded their prizes which included an originalartwork by Frank Wright, goodies bags from Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service and Mission Australia and prize voucher from Council. Council is appreciative of the support of other services in this initiative.

“It has been a very successful competition and all participants should be very proud of their work. Congratulations to all” said Councils Aboriginal Liaison & Community Development Officer Miss Reburdah

Media Release: Reconciliation Week 2020:

Walgett Shire Youth and Young People encouraged to get involved in Reconciliation Week 2020 Art Competition.

Due to the current situation with COVID -19 Council and local services are still unsure if any inclusive community events can be staged during Reconciliation Week 2020

In a bid to inform young people and create conversations around reconciliation and what it means to people Council have partnered with Mission Australia and Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service to stage an “all inclusive” Art competition for all young people.

The categories are:

Kindergarten – Years 3 – colour in the attached template  
Years 4 – Years 6   –    paint / draw what reconciliation means to you
Years 7 – Years  12   – paint / draw what reconciliation means to you

A template, available by contacting Ms Reburdah Dennis or Council’s website is to be utilized for Kindy- Year 3 ages colouring in comp, and from years 4-6 and 7-12 we are accepting drawings/ paintings of

“What reconciliation means” to the young person. The competition will be staged across communities, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri and include outlying schools of Burren Junction, Rowena, and Carinda

The comp starts on the 27th May and all entries must be received at Council office by the 26th June.    Prizes are exceptional in all categories with three winners of each community. All entries must be on A4 size paper.

Our Judge is local artist, Mr. Frank Wright (Dhinawan) with winners to be announced during NAIDOC WEEK 2020.  On behalf of the supporting services we encourage schools and our young people to get involved and participate.

Colouring In Competition Template


For more information on Walgett Shire Council’s 2020 Reconciliation Week Activities please contact Miss Reburdah Dennis 0268286134

Sandra Bladen 68286126