Eddie Newchurch

Community Development Worker SA Virtual Support Network

Eddie is from the Narungga Clan with ties to a lot of other mobs across SA and interstate. Eddie is Chairperson of his community Point Pearce Aboriginal Lands Trust. He has four daughters, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a lot of nephews and nieces. He barracks for Port Power, and enjoys eating food as it all taste good and going on country.

Eddie joined Thirrili because there is something missing in communities which is communication, which involves everything that Thirrili identifies with, as it is just so important to support one another Eddie works with our SA COVID-19 Virtual Support Network, which is a network of services that provide prevention and support services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the State of South Australia who could be impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic. A significant focus has been the coordination of services to respond to community need and supporting the collection of accurate data for the SA Department of Health. The COVID-19 workers contribute to the Network strategically by linking with community leaders to understand their needs and participating in and contributing to Network planning sessions, support of Network meetings and enabling the cross referral of clients between Network partners.

Eddie Newchurch was awarded NAIDOC 2020 Elder of the Year in South Australia. The Award was presented to Eddie by NAIDOC SA Chairperson, Joyleen Thomas, at the Adelaide Town Hall on 9 November 2020. Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor said that NAIDOC awards are an important way of honouring the significant contributions made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“The resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures are of great importance to Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal people alike. It is important that Lore, knowledge and stories continue to be told.”