Bumper?s spirit spurs family on
ANTHONY 'Bumper' Duval's widow Tra-cey had tears in her eyes as she spoke at Casino's NAIDOC Awards ceremony on Thursday night.
Tra-cey and her husband were both members of the NAIDOC Week Committee and the recent death of Bumper could have derailed last week's celebrations.
Instead, the strength of his spirit spurred his family and his people on.
The awards were held at the Casino RSM Club and marked the end of the town's NAIDOC Week proceedings.
"The awards recognise and support people in their role as leaders in the community," Tra-cey said.
Even though they didn't pick up an award, Tra-cey said the presence of two of the area's senior police offi- cers was extremely important.
"Having Dave Driver and Wayne Crotty here shows the lines of communication are becoming stronger to the point where we're all friends.
"We're making real progress with reconciliation and the barriers in our community are definitely coming down."
The NAIDOC Week Awards were dedicated to Bumper.