Mr Kickett was one of 10 indigenous Australians honoured. Fellow West Australians John Hayden (Male Elder of the Year), Jimmy Edgar (Caring for Country) and Kate Malpass (Youth of the Year) were also winners.
Mr Kickett, chair of Cockburn’s HALO development agency, has dedicated himself to improving the lives of Aboriginal people.
The former State boxing champion and West Perth footballer is renowned for his humour and storytelling and is known as a quiet achiever who gets on with the job, unconcerned with personal accolades.
‘We’re just really lucky to have his backing and support at Halo. It’s never taken for granted. We’re so grateful to have him with us,’ Halo founder Lee-Anne Smith said.