The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
2019 QLD Local Hero Nominee
Ms Joan BeacroftState: Queensland
As coordinator of the Wujal Wujal Justice Group in Bloomfield, Eastern Cape York, Joan has built the group into a highly respected independent corporation and not-for-profit. She supports, trains and empowers the community, advocating for Indigenous people’s right to live safely and peacefully and mediates conflict in the community.
As Coordinator of the Wujal Wujal Justice Group in Bloomfield, Eastern Cape York, Joan's tireless efforts to support, train and empower the community goes way beyond helping individuals deal with the justice system.
Joan has mediated family and community conflicts and domestic violence, and sourced counselling and rehabilitation of offenders and victims. Before Bloomfield had a local police station, she would help stop fights by standing in the street between opposing sides.
A strong advocate for Indigenous people's right to live safely and peacefully, she lobbied government with community elders for years, eventually leading to the establishment of a police station and community alcohol management plan. As well as building the Wujal Wujal Justice Group into a highly respected independent corporation and not-for-profit, Joan serves as a JP, worked at the Bloomfield Primary school for eight years, and managed the local post office for eight years. The high level of trust placed in Joan is testament to her commitment to the community.