Dewayne was to perform our official Welcome to Country for the Conference
Dewayne Everettsmith is a palawa man descendant from both the community of Cape Barren Island Tasmania and gunai / kurnai people of Victoria .
In 2007 Dewayne graduated with his Cert III in Aboriginal Primary Health Care (Aboriginal Health Worker) and has since actively played many roles within his community. Dewayne has been recognised with a Human Rights Week award – for bringing Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and language to the broader community, educating children and working to protect his Aboriginal heritage. Dewayne continues his role within his community with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre as the Cultural Awareness Coordinator delivering cultural awareness training. Dewayne is passionate about the revival and continuation of language (palawa kani), especially in the area of songs for ceremony and dance.
Dewayne’s on stage presence, song writing and the beauty of his voice – has earning recognition as a rising star, a future great, of the Australian music industry.
Topping all of these, he’s become the voice of Australia as his song ‘Its Like Love’ is the centrepiece of the new $250M global TV advertising campaign for Tourism Australia. This international marketing drive centres around Dewayne’s song and has received over 20,000,000 views since June 2012.
Aside from the popular “It’s Like Love”, the other available song is significant. One of them, ‘Make it feel so right’, Dewayne wrote for the official Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. Dewayne has been appointed one of the two national ambassadors for the Appeal. Proceeds from this song go directly to funding efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil.