TOP HONOUR: Julie Perkins receives her Alumnus of the Year award from SCU chancellor John Dowd for her work in criminal justice
TOP HONOUR: Julie Perkins receives her Alumnus of the Year award from SCU chancellor John Dowd for her work in criminal justice

Top award for Perkins

By WILL JACKSON

(The Northern Star)

CLAIMING to be only an 'average student' while at Southern Cross University, Julie Perkins was surprised to be named Alumnus of the Year.

The Corindi resident thought one of the other nominees ? who had received a doctorate in business administration ? would win it.

"Paul had a much higher academic qualification, but I guess the award is more about what you do after you've finished studying," she said.

"I wasn't even an honours student."

Ms Perkins received her Bachelor of Laws from the university in 1998, and has since put it to good use.

She is now a leader in the NSW indigenous community and chief executive officer of the Many Rivers Administrative and Legal Service. She also holds senior positions in a number of other community organisations around the region and was the founding executive member of the Grafton Court Support Service.

Her primary goal is to keep indigenous people out of the criminal justice system, because 'preven- tion is better than cure'.



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