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2021-22 Sydney Peace Prize Gala Dinner

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The Gala Dinner is the Sydney Peace Foundation’s annual fundraising celebration. This historic event offers you and your guests an intimate opportunity to hear from the 2021-22 recipients and key architects of the Statement, Pat Anderson AO, Professor Megan Davis and Noel Pearson in conversation with leading journalist Miriam Corowa.

Leading First Nations performers and entertainers will come together to honour the Uluru Statement, and you will experience Australia’s only Indigenous hatted chef, Clayton Donovan’s stunning fine dining menu.

This year, we have had unprecedented demand for tables. We are moving the Gala Dinner to the beautiful surrounds of Carriageworks to ensure as many of you can attend as possible (in a Covid-safe way!).

Don’t miss this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to come together with friends and colleagues, honour this historic offering of peace in our nation and join us in calling for real change for First Nations Peoples.

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Uluru Statement from the Heart will receive the 2021-22 Sydney Peace Prize for: “Bringing together Australia’s First Nations Peoples around a clear and comprehensive agenda; for facilitating healing and peace within our Nation; and for delivering self-determination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, enabling Australia to move into the future with unity and confidence.”

Receiving the Prize on behalf of the movement will be Alyawarre woman Pat Anderson AO, Cobble Cobble woman Professor Megan Davis and Guugu Yimidhirr man Noel Pearson.

Learn more about The Statement

The Sydney Peace Prize Gala Dinner is the Foundation’s annual fundraising event, and your attendance will help us continue awarding the Sydney Peace Prize to recognise and support global leaders to continue our work recognising and advocating for global peace and justice.

Guests will once again be offered the opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind treasures such as meaningful experiences, artworks and bespoke jewellery in our silent auction.

We are offering a limited number of Corporate Tables at this year’s Gala Dinner.

Partnering with us is an opportunity for your company to make a tangible and public statement of your support for reconciliation and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Your clients, partners and staff will be reminded of the commitment that your company has to reconciliation, acknowledgement, and reform.

Corporate tables receive:

  • A branded table for ten
  • Logo recognition in the Gala Dinner program
  • Logo recognition on the scrolling slides throughout the event
  • Five VIP tickets to the Award Ceremony and Lecture – on Thursday 10 November

To discuss this exciting opportunity with our Executive Director, email Susan Biggs

Event Details

Date: 18 November 2022

Time: 6pm – 11pm

Location: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, 2015

Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 6pm for 6:30pm start. 

Dress code: Fabulously Formal

We are committed to creating an accessible event for all our guests. Carriageworks is an accessible venue, see further information on site access, facilities and services.  If you have specific accessibility needs please email us at

Your health, safety and wellbeing is extremely important to us. We are closely following all NSW Government health guidelines and will continue to update our procedures to comply with the Public Health orders prevailing at the time of our events. Our venue partners are registered COVID Safe Businesses with the NSW Government. Read more about our COVID-19 Event Policy.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-life-time opportunity to attend the Sydney Peace Prize Gala Dinner honouring the Uluru Statement from the Heart!

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Guest Speakers, Journalists and Performers

Pat Anderson AO is an Alyawarre woman known nationally and internationally as a powerful advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal health, including community development, policy formation and research ethics. She has served as co-chair of the Referendum Council and served as the Chair of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT), and the CRC for Aboriginal Health from 2003 to 2009. Ms Anderson is the inaugural Patron of WoSSCA, the Women’s Safety Services of Central Australia. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 for distinguished service to the Indigenous community as a social justice advocate. Ms Anderson has also received a number of medal for her contributions, including the Human Rights Medal in 2016.  

Ms Anderson currently serves as Co-Chair of the Uluru Dialogue and in 2022 she was appointed by the government to the Referendum Working Group and Referendum Engagement Group. She is also the current Chairperson of the Remote Area Health Corporation, and the Chairperson of the Lowitja Institute. 

Professor Megan Davis is a Cobble Cobble woman, Pro Vice-Chancellor Society and Professor of Law at UNSW.  She is a renowned constitutional lawyer, and public law expert focusing on advocacy for First Nations people. Professor Davis is the Co-chair of the Uluru Dialogue and Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. She is also the Balnaves Chair of Constitutional Law, a Professor of Law, and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre UNSW Law. She was a member of the Referendum Council, an expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2016) and is currently a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.  

In 2022 she was appointed by the government to the Referendum Working Group and Referendum Engagement Group. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. She is also an Australian Rugby League Commissioner. Most recently she was nominated for the NSW Australian of the year for her ongoing work.   

Noel Pearson comes from the Guugu Yimidhirr community of Hope Vale on south eastern Cape York Peninsula. Mr Pearson is a lawyer, Founder and Director of Strategy of the Cape York Partnership and Founder and Co-Chair of Good to Great Schools Australia.  He also co-founded the Cape York Land Council, and helped to establish Apunipima Health Council, Balkanu Cape York Development Corporation and Indigenous Enterprise Partnerships.  

Mr Pearson served as a member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians and the Referendum Council. In 2022 he was appointed by the government to the Referendum Working Group and Referendum Engagement Group. 

Clayton Donovan is a proud Gumbaynggirr and Bundalung man. Donovan is Australia’s only hatted Indigenous chef, native food specialist, television presenter, forager, OzHarvest Ambassadoe, bush tucker champion, motivational speaker, restaurateur and punk rocker. His Janning Tree fine dining restaurant was awarded Good Food Guide Hats in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 in recognition of his creative contemporary menu with an artistic Indigenous twist. As a young chef Donovan was ahead of his time, introducing native Australian ingredients such as Kakadu plum, rosella and Lemon myrtle in the 1990’s while working alongside Head Chef Kenneth Leung at the iconic Watermark Balmoral Beach. A renegade spirit with a genuine live for country, culture and food, Donovan has wowed audiences around the world with his innovative menus and invaluable knowledge for bush tucker foods. He is a national treasure and pretty handy on the guitar and drums too!

Miriam Corowa is a broadcaster, reporter, presenter and producer who has worked in the media since 2000. Pairing an avid interest in Indigenous affairs with general news production, she has worked at both the Special Broadcasting Service and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation across programmes such as World News Australia, Message Stick and currently presents and reports for the ABC’s News Channel. Among the many highlights of her career so far are her roles co-hosting the ABC’s ‘The Apology’ live broadcast on the 13th of February, 2008, hosting the ABC’s Gallipoli Dawn Service broadcasts from 2009-2011, and also taking time away from the ABC to join the presenting team on the first season of ‘Coast: Australia’, which aired on Foxtel’s History Channel and BBC2 in 2013-2014. Miriam co-hosted the Weekend Breakfast programme, on the ABC News Channel, from its’ inception in February 2012 until January 2018, and continues to enjoy presenting and reporting for the channel. More recently, Miriam has added hosting the Regional News programme on the ABC News Channel since its’ launch in July 2020. 

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