Josephine Crofts

Community worker

NTNomineeLocal Hero2021

Josephine Crofts nurtures the Maningrida community by providing healthy meals to children at the Maningrida Community Education Centre and the Mala’la Greats Youth Services.

Through her work in the school tuckshop, she provides breakfast, lunch and dinners for children and youth who may not otherwise have access to nutritious foods.

She dedicates countless hours to cook wholesome meals with a team of volunteers drawn from the local community. As a mentor to Indigenous women, she helps them develop their cooking, hospitality, food hygiene and nutrition skills, with a direct benefit to their families and the wider community.

Josephine’s efforts help the local school provide skills for a healthy life, in an area where there are high levels of rheumatic fever – an auto-immune disease prevalent in remote areas of central and northern Australia.

Her selfless work provides a tangible health benefit to the people she feeds and fosters a greater sense of community, value and belonging.