Past Award Nominees and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
2018 NSW Australia's Local Hero Nominee
Alistair FergusonTown: Bourke
State: New South Wales
Indigenous community leader
The founder and Executive Director of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Bourke, Alistair Ferguson has spent the last 20 years supporting vulnerable families and empowering the local Aboriginal community. Leading Australia’s first major justice reinvestment project, Alistair is helping to reduce offending and make the community safer without locking people up. While national discussions regarding constitutional recognition play out, Alistair works quietly and persistently at the community level with governments, philanthropic funders, not-for-profits, corporate organisations and academic institutions to gather evidence, design community-led solutions and develop new approaches to address some of Bourke’s most difficult issues. Alistair also negotiated the first Aboriginal language program for the NSW high school curriculum, co-established the Bourke Alcohol Working Group to address alcohol misuse, has worked with Bourke’s schools to mentor students at risk of dropping out and was a driving force behind the national adult literacy campaign, ‘Yes I Can’. With commitment, resilience and strength of character, Alistair continues to fight for human and Indigenous rights.