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Two Indigenous justice advocates are State Finalists for the 2013 Australia's Local Hero Awards.
Shane Phillips, Clean slate without prejudice program developer, and Anna Kemp, Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women Incorporated founder, have both received an Australian's Local Hero 2013 State Finalist nomination for New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA) respectively.
Shane Phillips, the CEO of the Tribal Warrior Association, helped develop the Clean slate without prejudice program. The program targets Indigenous youth at risk of offending, and engages them in physical and social activities, as well as providing support. The Redfern Police Force in NSW are also involved with the program, training alongside youth and working with judiciary to have the program form part of a suspended sentence where possible.
Anna Kemp established Seeds of Affinity Pathways for Women Incorporated, a organisation in SA which supports women and their children during the difficult transition from prison into the community. The organisation aims to build a community where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women who have previously experienced imprisonment feel a sense of belonging, solidarity and self worth.
The Local Hero Award was introduced into the Australian of the Year Awards in 2003. The Award acknowledges extraordinary contributions made by Australians in their local community.
The 2013 Award winners will be announced on 25 January 2013.
Source: Australian of the Year Awards
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