The 2007 Deadly Awards have been announced in a ceremony at Sydney's Opera House, with a number of SBS stars taking out some of this year's top awards.


The ceremony, which celebrates Indigenous greatness in a number of fields, saw celebrities, community leaders and dignitaries gathering on the shores of Bennelong Point to see performances by Australian Idol star Jessica Maulboy and Arnhem Land rock stars Nabarlek.

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The Circuit's Director, Richard Frankland, one of the country's most experienced Indigenous singer and songwriters took out this year's Outstanding Achievement in Film, Television or Theatre.

SBS's Going Bush, hosted by Luke Carroll and Cathy Freeman, got a gong for the Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment.

The AFI nominated series gained notoriety for opening the country's eyes to the divese beauty and wonders of Indigenous Australia.

New lifetime award

Meantime Aaron Pedersen, who also appeared in The Circuit, was named Male Actor of the Year, after featuring on countless television productions, including MDA, the Australian television series The Secret Life of Us, and Wildside.

Deborah Mailman walked away with this year's top honour of Female Actor of the Year, for her work on The Secret Life Of Us and Going Bush

Both Mailman and Freeman were nominated in last year's Deadly Awards, for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment.

A new award was created for singer Jimmy Little, who took home the inaugural Jimmy Little Achievement Award for Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music.

Little, who began his career in 1956, was the first person to regularly feature on television and, at a time when Indigenous Australians did not have basic citizenship rights, managed to break down cultural barriers with music.

Sporting gongs

In recent years, Little has been forced to cut down on his own touring due to kidney disease, but last year he launched the Jimmy Little foundation to help improve kidney health in indigenous communities across Australia.

2006 nominee for Broadcaster of the Year Sandy Dann got her wish in 2007 and took out this year's award.

Dann entered the world of broadcasting by chance, when she was employed as a cleaner for Broome based production house, Goolari Media Enterprises.

In Sport, Dale Richards, who was selected to compete in the trials of the 2007 QuickSilver Pro, on the Gold Coast, was nominated the Most Promising New Talent in Sport.

At just 18-years-old, Richards regularly competes in international surfing competitions, facing off against surf greats such as Kelly Slator and Andy Irons.

Deadly regular, league star-turned-boxer Anthony Mundine was named Male Sportsperson of the Year.

Overcoming obstacles

Earlier this year, Mundine regained the WBA Super Middleweight crown he lost three years earlier by knocking out Sam Soliman in the ninth round of their world title fight in Sydney.

Meanwhile WNBL star Rohanee Cox took out this year's Female Sportsperson of the Year.

The former AIS scholarship recipient overcame huge obstacles throughout her career, including a crippling knee injury in 2003.

Rohanee is a driving force behind the Townsville Fire and continues to represent Australia with the Opals.

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