Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 'Local Heroes' have been recognised for the significant contributions they have made to the community by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards.

CLICK HERE for information about winners and nominees during 2014-18.

For more information about how to nominate a 'Local Hero', contact Port Adelaide Enfield Council

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The Mudlangga to Yertabulti Track (in and around Port Adelaide, Ethelton, Semaphore, Largs Bay and Osborne) has been developed as a way of telling the stories of some of the Aboriginal people who have had a long association with the Port and surrounding areas. Some of the local story-tellers featured along the track, who have made significant contributions to the history and social wellbeing of the local community include: 

The ‘Kaurna Cultural Heritage Survey’ (Wood, V., 2007) provides an important overview of Aboriginal cultural and social heritage in the Port, as described by local Aboriginal Elders.

The project has described the relationship between the local Kaurna people and ‘country’ - spanning from Crystal Brook and Port Wakefield across the Adelaide Plain to the southern tip of Cape Jervis.

Many local Aboriginal people have contributed to leadership and activism to protect the rights and improve the lives of Aboriginal workers and families. The following stories are included in the stories associated with the ‘Mudlangga to Yertabulti’ cultural track. 

Image source: Survival in Our Own Land: ‘Aboriginal’ experiences in ‘South Australia’ since 1836. Christobel Mattingley and Ken Hampton (Eds) (1988). Wakefield Press, SA, p. 65

The Lartelare Family Story has been documented in a VIDEO produced by the South Australian Maritime Museum and Le Fevre High School. Margaret and Kathleen Brodie discuss the Aboriginal social and cultural history of the Port, including the Lartelare matrilineal story handed down to four generations of Aboriginal women. 

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be warned this video may contain images of individuals who have passed away).

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The Port Adelaide Enfield Local Government Area contains one of the highest populations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of any local government in metropolitan Adelaide. According to the 2016 Census, the Council area is home to over 2,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people representing 2.3% of the total local population (almost twice the Metropolitan average).

The Port Adelaide Aboriginal Justice Reinvestment Leadership Group working for a safe and culturally strong community for Aboriginal families I Powered by Enarah