Elder Robert Isaacs adds Order of Australia award to list of achievements


In service: Dr Robert Isaacs.
Picture: Jon Hewson         d447057
In service: Dr Robert Isaacs. Picture: Jon Hewson        d447057

LANGFORD Aboriginal elder Robert Isaacs has been given yet another honour to add to his collection after being appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Dr Isaacs was the 2015 Western Australian of the Year, Honorary Freeman of the City of Gosnells and won the 2015 Aboriginal Award at the WA Day Festival. He has spent the last 50 years helping improve the lives of the disadvantaged and Aboriginal people.

His latest honour comes as part of the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

A member of the Stolen Generation, he was the first Aboriginal person to be elected to local government as a councillor and served as the deputy mayor for the City of Gosnells. One of his other achievements included helping establish the Clontarf Aboriginal College in Waterford.

The award given to Dr Isaacs was for significant service to |the indigenous community through the advancement of |social justice, education, health and housing initiatives and to reconciliation.

Dr Isaacs said his biggest achievements were helping |Aboriginal people achieve home ownership and teaching them |the value of getting a job.

“They’re the highest, even though I won the Western Australian of the Year and Aboriginal of the Year,” he said.

“You name it, I have done it.”