Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards



Betta Milk ‘Make it Betta’ Health Achievement Award

TASMANIAN SCHOOL CANTEEN ASSOCIATION of BATTERY POINT is a non-government charity committed to providing nutritious, tasty and affordable prepared meals to local school canteens. Their unique School Canteen Accreditation Program is based on the World Health Organisation - Health Promoting School Framework and is underpinned by Australian Dietary Guidelines. Since 1994 they have assisted 50 schools to achieve the School Canteen Accreditation and another 53 schools are well on the way. With their tag line ‘Helping to Keep Tassie Kids Healthy’, 30,000 children have had access to healthy ‘everyday’ foods. 

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award


KAYE FOX of NUBEENA is a longstanding Ambulance Tasmania member. In her 26th year as a Volunteer Ambulance Officer Level 2, she provides front line emergency medical services to remote communities. Kaye is also involved in organisations such as Learn to Swim, Lions Club, Nubeena RSL, the Regatta Committee and is President of the Multi Purpose Centre Auxiliary. She also finds time to support various charities through fundraising, selling raffle tickets or organising community collections. Kaye spends up to 72 hours per week in her Volunteer Ambulance Officer role.

EPA Sustainability Award

VEOLIA of SORELL has built a $7 million dollar waste management depot featuring new facilities and infrastructure to mitigate any potential environmental harm from waste management activities. It has the capacity to house all of Veolia’s Southern operations, including 140 staff and 90 trucks. The site provides management for controlled waste, quarantine waste, medical and sanitary waste and oil storage. Innovations at the depot include storm water treatment, liquid trade waste systems, rainwater harvesting system and solar energy power. The depot serves as a new benchmark for modern waste management depots. 

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment Award

NORTHERN TASMANIAN WASTE MANAGEMENT GROUP of LAUNCESTON aims to educate people and encourage behaviour change in regard to managing household waste. The project works to reduce the contamination in bins and encourage people to recycle more. Households are visited and recycling bins assessed 3 times. Tailored feedback is then provided, along with educational brochures on recycling and waste management. To date, 11,000 households have been visited and results indicate a 55% improvement. The project has recently started presentations to schools and community groups. 

MAIB Disability Achievement Award


REBECCA ASTELL of PENGUIN is a determined and passionate disability rights campaigner, drawing on her lived experience of disability to benefit others. Rebecca was born with cerebral palsy and has had to overcome significant barriers in life such as low expectations from teachers, and bullying. Her motivation and optimism has seen her gain tertiary education, employment, live independently, get married and contribute to the community through her volunteer work. Rebecca is now working part-time in the disability sector and is studying to be a social worker. 

Capital Innovation Insurance Group Innovation in Safety Award

HUON AQUACULTURE of HOBART designed and innovated Huon’s Fortress Pens as part of their strategy to increase employee safety. The Pens have been designed and manufactured in Tasmania and present a world first in predator protection, employee safety and stock protection. Since their inception, there has been a 31% decrease in the rate of slips, trips and falls. Huon Aquaculture won the “best solution to an identified workplace health and safety issue” in the 2013 Tasmanian Safety Awards. Fortress Pens are receiving interest from the aquaculture industry internationally.

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

FRIENDS OF THE JORDAN RIVER SCHOOL FARM of GEILSTON BAY is a not-for-profit support group providing agriculture and horticulture programs for youth at risk. Alternative learning platforms and farm experiences have helped prevent at risk youth from entering the judicial system. Volunteers provide training in shearing and wool handling, cattle and sheep handling, judging, breeding, backyard gardening and food production. The School Farm also offers short courses, community events, field days and workshops. The farm has a state wide reputation for producing confident, skilled, competent employees.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

RURAL ALIVE & WELL of OATLANDS is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2007 to raise awareness of suicide prevention and community wellbeing through their motto ‘talk to a mate’. RAW offers a 24/7 rural outreach service of farm and house visits to those who have been isolated or overlooked. They provide on-going health and emotional support. Rural Alive & Well has in the last 12 months, worked with over 2,000 clients. Their goal is to reduce the Tasmanian suicide rate by 50% over the next 5 years.