Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

The winners of the 2014 Community Achievement Awards



TED BOSVELD of Riverside founded the Villages of Life charity and has spent the past seven years making a difference for the people of Burundi. Villages of Life have provided orphans in Burundi with a home, school and medical centre and have established small businesses through trades training. Ted and his wife Lorraine have inspired and motivated many young people in Australia to raise funds. They also hold charity balls and other events to raise funds and create awareness. $600,000 has been raised so far and a shipping container of goods has been sent to Burundi




ST MICHAELS ASSOCIATION researched and sourced a portable, wireless alarm system in order to offer an unparalleled level of safety for their 60 employees and 130 clients. St Michaels is a not-for-profit disability support organisation that provides accommodation and support to special needs clients with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Personal Duress Alarm System delivers a direct line of communication to management and emergency services, incorporating a GPS for locating the device and a “man down feature.” This level of safety and security has been non-existent in the disability sector




CORUMBENE NURSING HOME recognises that a number of their staff are also carers outside of work and offers a flexible and supportive work environment to assist them in balancing their caring responsibilities. Staff are supported with flexible rosters that are tailored to their needs and allow them to be in control of when they work. Corumbene Nursing Home have modified shift times, implemented job sharing and have allowed some staff to work from home. A Health and Wellbeing program and a ‘Mental Health at work’ initiative have also been established to raise awareness and offer support




LANDFALL AND LANDFALL FARM FRESH is a family owned and operated specialist butcher and fresh food business, established in 2008 by fifth generation Archer siblings. Their retail store was opened in 2009 to promote the Landfall Farm and other Tasmanian farm products, most notably their award winning free range and grass fed Landfall Angus Beef and Landfall Prime Lamb. Their natural resource management plan, fertiliser program and minimal use of chemicals have resulted in a series of premium products. They pride themselves on creating a true paddock-to-plate experience




HAZELL BROS GROUP has been rehabilitating their Leslie Vale Quarry. Staff collect seeds from onsite endemic species and propagate them in a custom-built nursery made from recycled materials sourced from Hazell Bros construction sites. The rehabilitation project has minimised the impact of storm water run-off, erosion and has maintained the biological diversity of species at the Quarry as well as protecting the regenerative capacity of the natural topsoil. Recycled glass produced at the Quarry was used in the soil mix for propagation and irrigation for the nursery comes from rainwater tanks




XSQUARED ARCHITECTS is committed to opening avenues for environmentally sustainable development in the commercial and institutional building sectors since 2006. One initiative, the Hopkins Street Affordable Housing Project is a development of 30 affordable and energy efficient housing units for tenants drawn from the public housing waiting list. With substantial use of rainwater, it is the only residential project in Tasmania to achieve a 5 star Green Star certification. The project aims to encourage a sense of community whilst reducing the cost of living




DUNCAN MEERDING of North Hobart was diagnosed as legally blind at the age of just 18. Now 27, Duncan is a successful furniture maker and lighting designer with his own business where he regularly showcases his work at shows, exhibitions and competitions. The inspiration for his work often comes from the natural environment with a focus on utilising discarded timber. One of Duncan’s most popular designs is a range of Cracked Log Light products, and like many of his designs, it is representative of how he sees things. Duncan has successfully established his designs on the national retail and specification market and has won many awards




PROJECT U-TURN was established in 2003, and offers a structured 10 week car maintenance and body work training course to young people whilst providing the opportunity to complete their Certificate 1 in Automotive. The program, part of Mission Australia’s Youth Services, works with young people who have been, or who are at risk of being involved in vehicle car theft. It is run by a steering committee made up of community members, police, community corrections and members of the National Motor Vehicle Reduction Council. Over 500 at risk youth aged 15 to 20 years, have been involved in the project since inception





The winners of the 2013 Community Achievement Awards are:

QUEENSTOWN HERITAGE AND ARTS FESTIVAL is a biennial three day festival. The 2012 event was linked to the centenary of the North Lyell Mine Disaster, melding 57 heritage and arts activities. Accommodation was sold out with spill over into other towns. Visitors spent $608,482 during the Festival and many of the 173 interstate visitors stayed in Tasmania for an average of nine days. The 2014 event will encompass the centenary of the heritage-listed Lake Margaret Power Station


HEATHER KIRKPATRICK of South Hobart is an independent documentary filmmaker and journalist who completed her first feature film earlier this year. She has also worked as a teacher with outdoor education programs and with disadvantaged youth and adults on leadership programs. Heather worked closely with Rwandan genocide orphans as she filmed their stories in 2009 and as a logistician through the humanitarian disasters in Pakistan in 2010, delivering food aid to the 12 million flood victims. She has worked on all seven continents, much of the time in the developing world


JANELLE MCMILLAN of Berriedale has cerebral palsy and is non verbal, but this has not stopped her from support the “Pink Ladies”. Janelle began fundraising for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in 2012 after a friend had been diagnosed. She raises funds by auctioning sporting memorabilia such as signed football guernseys. She also produces calendars, post cards and gift cards which she creates on her computer. A printing company printed 1200 cards for Janelle at no cost. Janelle has raised $750


BOOKEND TRUST of Sandy Bay is a not for profit community initiative funded through the voluntary donation of money, time, energy and resources. The Trust seeks to inspire students of all ages and interests with the positive environmental careers they can build. This is achieved through mentoring, scholarships, documentaries, school visits, field courses, environmental competitions and public presentations. Key projects include the award winning Expedition Class and Skullbone, and Envirothon learning programs


NORTHERN CHILDREN’S NETWORK of Newstead is a not for profit organisation with 100 staff members, providing care for over 2,500 children state wide. The network has 275 child educators involved in Family Day Care, In Home Care and After School and Vacation Care. The organisation successfully utilises social media marketing and launched an “app” late last year. Northern Children’s Network also sponsor School “End of Year” Awards, currently supporting 16 schools and community events


BONORONG WILDLIFE SANCTUARY of Brighton has established itself as a leader in innovative and sustainable tourism and conservation in Tasmania. The Sanctuary thrives on educating people about how they can help save, rehabilitate and release injured animals. Committed to their environmental heritage, Bonorong established a 24 hour wildlife rescue service, the first in Tasmania. With a significant volunteer base, 4,000 calls for assistance have been received over the past 12 months


CALVARY HEALTH CARE TASMANIA has 140 volunteers providing premium care to patients. Volunteers undergo a comprehensive recruitment and induction process and attend annual mandatory training sessions. Volunteer meetings are held bi-monthly and a range of information is distributed to volunteers through newsletters. This year, volunteers helped to develop and roll out an organisation-wide project, the Patient Feedback Loop and are involved in community events and volunteer celebrations


APPIN HALL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION of Erriba is a 'safe haven' for children suffering physical and emotional pain. The Appin Hall Children's Foundation is a respite and healing centre for seriously ill, disadvantaged and at risk children up to 24 years of age. The staff are on call 24/7, aiming to bring joy, security and balance back in to young people’s lives through music, singing, dance and nature. They cater for up to 28 young people at a time and all their work is voluntary



2012 Community Achievement Award Winners

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact with Awards Office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com

Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award

NEWSTEAD HAIR has been operating for over 65 years. Julia Ralph acquired the business in 2006 at just 21. Since then staff numbers have expanded from a team of 5, to 16 staff including 4 apprentices. Annual turnover has increased from $200,000 to $1 million and numerous awards and accolades have been received over the past four years. Offering a multitude of hair care products and services, Newstead has a broad cross section of 6,500 clients. Recently a "Glam and Go" "pick me up" to the next cut $20 service was introduced.

Prime Super Events and Tourism Award

DERWENT VALLEY AUTUMN FESTIVAL had an estimated 18,000 visitors at this year's festival at New Norfolk. The volunteer committee worked endless hours to ensure that the festival had something for the whole family to enjoy. Interactive games for children, animals, food and wine, crafts and music showcased what is available in the Valley. Free entry is made possible due to naming rights sponsorship and Council, community group and local business support for the event.

MAIB Disability Achievement Award

 CATHY BANTICK of Claremont has made an invaluable contribution to the Riding for the Disabled Association for the past 11 years at a state and national level. She was the driving force behind the development of the RDA Centre in Kalang. Despite suffering a stroke in 2004 that left her in a wheelchair for six months and with long lasting damage, Cathy has continued to fulfil her voluntary roles as Coaching Director and sharing the Executive Officer's role. In 2011, Cathy was awarded RDA Australia's highest award for service.

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment and Sustainability Award

THE UGLY DUCK OUT of Swansea Swansea is a restaurant that caters for those that wish to support efforts to reduce their environmental footprint. The "ectorian" menu promotes the benefits of this style of dining, exploring the link between what we eat and the environment. Locally sustainably sourced produce is used in harmony with the season and the restaurant. The Ugly Duck Out has climate action accreditation, innovative environmental practices and global benchmarking. It is often referred to as the "information cafe".

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteer Management Award

GREAT WESTERN TIERS VISITOR CENTRE of Deloraine has 48 volunteers who provide their knowledge and passion for the region. A range of new systems have been implemented to support the volunteer network including the development of a handbook with a new Work Code, a Code of Conduct, Volunteer Introduction Pack, volunteer loyalty card and a Customer Service Charter. The Great Western Tiers Volunteer Association, a Volunteer Roving Ambassador Program and network groups have also been developed.

Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

RONNIE AND MAGGIE BURNS of Erriba work tirelessly to create a 'safe haven' for children suffering physical and emotional pain. The Appin Hall Children's Foundation run by Ronnie and Maggie is a respite and healing centre, for seriously ill, disadvantaged and at risk children up to 24 years of age. They are on call 24/7, aiming to bring joy, security and balance back in to young peoples lives through music, singing, dance and nature. They cater for up to 28 people at a time and all their work is voluntary.


Angove Family Winemakers Primary Industries and Agriculture Award

JOAN FIELD of Kimberley is a 3rd generation farmer and strong advocate for rural women. She plays a key role in providing opportunities for networking and training. Joan is a foundation member of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture and a founding member of the Meander Valley Discussion Group. She is Chair of the 2012 Women on Farms Gathering committee and has attended and presented at numerous overseas agricultural conferences. Joan has also been involved in numerous other groups including Rural Youth.

Howrah Plumbing Community of the Year Award

LATROBE COUNCIL through Commonwealth funding, has been actively focused on increasing the level of community physical activity and encouraging healthy eating amongst residents and visitors. Council launched the "Our Community Living Well" Program providing free exercise classes such as Zumba, Yoga, Body Vive and aquaerobics. Community events that promote healthy lifestyles, and outdoor exercise equipment have been introduced. Council has also enhanced infrastructure and promotes fresh local produce.

2011 Community Achievement Award Winners:

2011 Community Achievement Awards Winners
with the Honourable Lara Giddings MP, Premier of Tasmania and Patron of the Awards.

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact with Awards Office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com

Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award

BRUNY ISLAND CHEESE was started by Nick Haddow after spending ten years working with specialist cheese makers from around the world. Nick uses both cows and goats milk to make soft and hard cheeses using traditional artisan methods. Bruny Island Cheese also operate an organic woodfired bakery producing traditional sourdough, breads and baked goods. A range of cheese accompaniments and organic ice cream are also produced. Turnover has increased by 700% and staff from two to 15. A retail site opened in Hobart this year, bringing in a further $500,000 income.

*Jose Matteo, Tamar Valley Dairy (left) presents Bruny Island Cheese

Prime Super Events and Tourism Award

STEAMFEST of Sheffield is an annual event celebrating the age of steam, whilst demonstrating the cultural and agricultural history of the region. Held on the March long weekend each year, this highly successful event has grown from its inception in 1994 to a major tourist attraction for Sheffield and the North West Coast. This year's SteamFest surpassed all expectations. Attendance and exhibitor numbers were the highest ever recorded. Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society aim to maintain the steam era heritage in a working environment and as a permanent tourism enterprise.

*Rod Stewart, Prime Super (left) presents SteamFest

MAIB Disability Achievement Award

DOUG MCKENZIE of Westerway became a paraplegic in 1993 after a back operation. He has learnt to drive a car with the use of hand controls and plays wheelchair basketball to stay fit and remain independent. He has learnt to use computers and technology which is an asset in his long time volunteer role 2 days a week at Westerway Primary School. He is a past member of Paraquad Tasmania, a community volunteer and is actively involved in the Derwent Valley Council Access Advisory Committee, advising Council on access issues and policy for people with disabilities.

*Peter Roche, MAIB (right) presents Doug McKenzie

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award

THE UNDERSTOREY NETWORK of Hobart is a leader in community participation in environmental management. Since its inception 16 years ago, membership has grown to more than 200 individuals and landcare groups around the state. Each year volunteers grow tens of thousands of native plants for use in revegetation projects. The network coordinates workshops and working bees, collecting plants, propagation and tree planting days. The Network works closely with landcare groups, schools, and local councils to restore habitat and improve Tasmania's natural environment.

*Rachid Ait Maa Mar, Nyrstar (left) presents The Understorey Network

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteer Management Award

CAMP QUALITY TASMANIA improves the quality of life for children living with cancer and their families. They run education, hospital, family assistance and recreation programs. 140 families are supported in Tasmania through three full time staff and 150 volunteers. All volunteers undergo significant training through a national best practice model and form an integral part of providing care and support. Once trained volunteers are offered a range of activities and roles including camp companions, gofers, rovers, medical support, fundraisers or general volunteers.

*Jill Maxwell, Volunteering Tasmania (left) presents Camp Quality Tasmania

Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

DEBORAH DE WILLIAMS of Hobart started the foundation 'Running Pink' in 2008, as a result of earlier being diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2009, accompanied by her dog Maggie, she embarked on an epic world record attempt to run around Australia in 12 months to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. Despite a number of injuries, including two broken feet, Deborah broke the world record and raised over $100,000 along the way for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. She has rraised more than $220,000 in total to date.

*L - R Heather Chong (left) presents Deborah De Williams representative

Searson Buck People Innovation in Business Award

CALVARY HEALTH CARE TASMANIA - Hobart developed an innovative "Wellness" program in 2008. It fosters a culture of health promotion to reduce the risk of lifestyle diseases and to increase productivity and staff retention. The Occupational Health and Safety Committee are Wellness Champions for the Program. A "Keep an Eye Out" staff motto initiative has been introduced to encourage staff to look out for staff welfare. The aim is to not only stop workplace injuries but to look out for colleague health and safety in an holistic approach.

*Stephen Porter, Searson Buck (left) presents Calvary Health Care Tasmania

Howrah Plumbing Community of the Year Award

HOBART COLLEGE STUDENTS AGAINST RACISM was started in 2008 by three students and a teacher, to share their stories with other young people and to increase understanding about different cultures and religions. The group now has 35 active members elivering workshops and presentations that explore different cultures to schools, community groups and organisations. The group has been awarded the schools Human Rights Award and has made a powerful impact towards combating racism in the broader community.

*Damon Wise, Southern Cross Austereo representing Howrah Plumbing (far right) presents Hobart College Students Against Racism


2010 Community Achievement Award Winners:

2010 Community Achievement Awards Winners
with the Honourable Nick McKim MP, Minister for Community Development representing the Premier

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact with Awards Office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com.

Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award

ASHGROVE CHEESE of Elizabeth Town is Australia's most celebrated Cheddar Cheese producer. The business was established in 1993 by the Bennett families to add value to the milk produced on their dairy farm. Ashgrove Cheese has grown to become one of Tasmania's most recognised food brands with products that include cheese, milk, butter and ice cream. The business employs 60 people and provides a valuable tourism destination for visitors to the north west coast. Recent growth in sales has encouraged an expansion of the business that will significantly boost production capacity and its tourism appeal.

*Jose Matteo, Tamar Valley Dairy (far left) presents Ashgrove Cheese.

Franklin Press Events and Tourism Award

ROYAL TASMANIAN BOTANICAL GARDENS of Hobart manages Tasmania's Botanical Heritage, with a focus on engaging the community and visitors to the state. For 192 years the Gardens has played a significant role in the cultural development of Tasmania. Festivals and events at the Gardens highlight the importance of the environment, multicultural diversity, healthy outdoor activities and the great Tasmanian produce. Recently the Gardens has developed the 4 Season Events Calendar. The Events have a seasonal focus allowing the Gardens to contribute as a major attraction for tourists reflecting the year round appeal of Tasmania.

*L - R Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens representative is presented by Damon Wise, General Manager, Hobart Media Centre representing Franklin Press

MAIB Disability Achievement Award

JUDY HUETT of Burnie has not let her intellectual disability and epilepsy stop her. She has Certificates in Aged Care and Certificate III in Disability and has worked for the Family Based Care Association. She is the Members President for the SpeakOut Association and has attended an International Conference on Intellectual Disability. She is a counsellor and a member of the Minister's Disability Advisory Council and a committee member of Our Voice, a national self advocacy group. Judy is a volunteer for the On Line Access Centre and the Epilepsy Association involved in fundraising, children's camps and information sessions at school and events.

*L - R Judy Huett is presented by Peter Roche, MAIB

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award

HUON BUSH RETREATS of Huonville is located in an extensive private habitat reserve and is central to all the attractions on the Huon Trail. This award winning, eco-friendly green globe light accredited retreat, offers a choice of contemporary self contained cabins, deluxe tipees and private campsites. Guests experience solar electricity, pure rain water and private outdoor baths. They offer a carbon positive, near zero greenhouse gas emissions retreat, of true environmental sustainability, not just greenwash or eco-bling. Huon Bush Retreats is also involved in protecting large areas of the natural habitat including rainforest.

*L - R Louise Cherrie, Nyrstar presents Huon Bush Retreats representative

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteering Award

DELTA THERAPY DOGS OF TASMANIA visit local residential care facilities and nursing homes. They bring joy and comfort to residents on a weekly basis. The teams also visit children in special schools, organisations that help troubled children/youth and dog shows and festivals. The visits re-establish contact with a companion animal which enhances the quality of patients lives. In less than three years, the north west team of volunteers has grown from one accredited dog and their owner to 15 teams. The Southern team have 22 dogs and owner volunteers. The teams including the dogs, undergo stringent training and code of practice.

*Adrienne Picone, Volunteering Tasmania (second from right) presents Delta Therapy Dogs

Qew Orchards Outstanding Achiever Award

IAN EDWARDS of Burnie Burnie is a guiding light in the Shorewell Park community. Prior to 2008 the community was under siege. People were being shot, stabbed and a young boy was burnt to death in a house fire as a result of a drug related feud. Sid Sidebottom, Federal Member for Braddon contacted the local Youth Intervention Unit of the Tasmania Police which was headed by Ian. "Kommunity Kids" was set up and with the conviction and persistence of Ian and subsequent support of community organisations and council, a safe environment has been created that today attracts 50 kids on a regular basis with almost 200 on "Kommunity Kids" books.

*L - R Philippa Chong, Qew Orchards presents Ian Edwards

Angove Family Winemakers Primary Industries and Agricultural Award

LANDFALL FARM FRESH of Tamar Valley is a family owned and operated Tasmanian business providing consumers with locally grown, premium quality, award winning Angus Beef and Prime Lamb. A retail shop was opened in 2009. The business has exhibited at Festivale Paddock to Plate, Taste of Tamar and Agfest. Landfall Farm Fresh focuses on retaining control of the products supply chain ensuring consumers have guaranteed free range, grass fed, and hormone growth promotant free premium quality products. This, and face to face interaction with consumers provides a point of different and unique selling points.

*Craig Healy, Angove Family Winemakers (centre) presents Landfall Farm Fresh

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award

BIG hART of Devonport runs the Drive Project which is a film based community participation project. Drive aims to reduce risky driving and autocide - single person, single vehicle, fatal accidents. The Big hART project engages "at risk" young men in creative skills based workshops to explore young male "identity" issues and to consider two major rites of passage for young men coming of age: obtaining a drivers license and being able to drink alcohol. Drive challenges young men to evaluate their own behaviour and to support and educate their peers. The major creative output - the Drive documentary will screen on the ABC in 2010.

*L – R Marguerite Smith, Kleenheat Gas presents Big hART representatives

2009 Community Achievement Award Winners:

2009 Community Achievement Awards Winners
with the Daniel Hulme MP, representing the Premier

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact with Awards Office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com.

Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts Business Enterprise Award

Anvers Confectionery of Latrobe manufactures quality chocolates using local ingredients and packaging. Anvers has become a major tourism attraction with a museum, tasting centre, viewing area and café and hosts 120,000 visitors each year. Constant training is a focus for the 40 staff. Anvers is heavily involved in supporting hundreds of local organisations and annually hosts the Aztec Chocolate Festival during the Latrobe Chocolate Winterfest which attracts 10,000 visitors. Anvers are increasing market share across Australia and products are available in all major department stores.

*Representatives from Anvers Confectionery with Daniel Hulme MP (second from the right)

Franklin Press Events and Tourism Award

Evandale Village Fair rolls back time to the 1880’s in February each year by playing host to the National Penny Farthing Championships. Antique bicycle enthusiasts from around Australia and overseas, contest a series of races which test skill and nerve. The sight of elegant machines racing through the village at breakneck speeds is a spectacle not to be missed. There are also stalls, entertainers, music, dancing, and displays of veteran cars, steam engines and carriages. Children are entertained with puppet shows, clowns and street theatre.

*Representatives from Evandale Village Fair with David Thorne, Franklin Press (second from the right)

MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Stuart Maughan of Warrane sustained a brain injury after a mountain bike accident in 2000. Gone was his career as an Industrial Chemist and his ability to live independently. Determined to ensure that others do not experience a similar fate, Stuart presents brain injury prevention and awareness programs with Custody of Life. He speaks to young people at risk, those involved in high risk behaviour, driving and riding offenders and school students. Stuart is involved in many community activities and plays an important role in educating the community about acquired brain injury.

*Stuart Maughan and his son with Christine Bell, MAIB (far right)

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award

Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania is a leader of coastal action. They have strengthened and united the Coastcare community and increased the level of project activity in southern Tasmania. SCAT provides input into coastal policy and planning and has fostered intrinsic links between coastal stakeholders. This has resulted in more collaborative, strategic and successful protection and enhancement of the coastal environment. SCAT is recognised as the peak representative body for Coastcare and coastal action in southern Tasmania.

*Representatives from Southern Coastcare Association of Tasmania with Steve James, Nyrstar (far right)

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteering Award

Centacare ­ IHSS Volunteers of New Town play an important role in assisting refugee families settle in Hobart. 130 volunteers assist with house set up, airport welcome, providing computers, transport and community connections. The volunteers range in age from 13 to 85 and include 8 past refugees. They teach shopping and budgeting skills, provide support with English, access to public transport, home skills and socialising. Volunteers have also developed a small community garden to show families what can be grown in Tasmania.

*Representatives from Centacare ­ IHSS Volunteers with Adrienne Picone, Volunteering Tasmania (on right holding the large cheque)

Qew Orchards Outstanding Achiever Award

Lester Rainbow of Winnaleah is President of the Winnaleah Football Club and the North Eastern Football Union. He is Past President of the Community Pool, leading fundraising and grant submissions for facility upgrades for the pool, netball courts and football facilities. He is Association Chair of the High and Primary Schools coordinating the merger and 3.2 million dollar refurbishment. He is Director of the Irrigation Board and former Chairman of the Progress Association. Lester is involved in forums and fund-raisers for Beyond Blue, Drive for life for under 21’s and drought relief for farmers.

*Lester Rainbow (second right) with his family being presented by Alistair Chong, Qew Orchards (far right)

Angove Family Winemakers Primary Industries and Agricultural Award

Spring Bay Seafood’s of Triabunna is putting Tasmania’s shellfish on the world map and is Australia’s largest single producer of Australian Blue Mussels. They have established one of the world’s only viable and commercial scale juvenile mussel hatcheries. Spring Bay Seafood’s is also involved in commercial fishing and aquaculture of Tasmanian Scallops. They are the only Tasmanian contract processors of farmed “baby” abalone using a unique brine freezing process, and also contract process Abalone for export to the lucrative Japanese market.

*Representatives from Spring Bay Seafood’s with Craig Healy, Angove Family Winemakers (far right)

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award

The Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee together with the whole community transformed the abandoned railway site into a memorial park. A picnic shelter, BBQ, toilets and a car park have been added through grants and fundraising activities. With further fundraising, the town’s trees grown in 1918 to form Memorial Avenue in honour of fallen soldiers were carved in the likeness of local soldiers killed in World War One. Each year volunteers repaint and maintain the carvings with tourists visiting from all over the world to marvel at the carvings.

*L ­ R Tracey Taylor, The Legerwood Hall and Reserves Committee with Kade Chapple, Kleenheat Gas

2008 Community Achievement Award Winners:

2008 Community Achievement Award Winners with the Hon Lisa Singh MP (middle)

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact with Awards Office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com.

Department of Economic Development and Tourism Business Enterprise Award

Grandvewe Cheeses of Birchs Bay is the only certified organic sheep farm in Australia. The business is a multi tiered family enterprise involving dairy sheep, manufacturing cheese and wine and gourmet products through value adding to any farm surpluses and also running as a tourist destination. Grandvewe produces award winning cheeses and yoghurts. It produces the only Australian sheep milk Gelato and a Vanilla Whey Liqueur, an Australian first and the only certified organic liqueur. Grandvewe maintains an annual growth rate of over 30% and have won numerous Awards for their cheeses.

*Hon Lisa Singh MP (far left) presents Grandvewe Cheeses representatives.

The Franklin Press Events and Tourism Award

The Derwent Valley Autumn Festival of New Norfolk is held in April each year and over the past 8 years has become the premier event on the calendar. The event has grown significantly with over 15,000 attendees this year. Free admission and shuttle buses are provided with nonstop entertainment across three stages throughout the Festival. Over 100 stalls, fine food and wine, produce and arts and crafts are featured. Displays and a fantastic aquatic program including rowing events, water skiing demonstrations, steam boats and speedboat races all make it a great family event.

*Nicholas Hawker, The Franklin Press (back row middle) presents Derwent Valley Autumn Festival representatives.

MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Brian Gilligan of Claremont has been an exceptionally motivated and capable teacher assistant for the past 17 years. He has cerebral palsy which affects his mobility and gross and fine motor skills. Brian receives payment for 8 hours work a week at Claremont College but volunteers his services full time with Special Needs Program students. He works with students across all subjects and can also be seen on bus duty in the mornings. He is a wonderful role model and mentor for all students at the college, particularly those with a disability. Brian has given over 10,000 hours in voluntary service to the community.

*Peter Roche(right), MAIB presents Brian Gilligan.

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award

MacKillop College of Mornington has undertaken numerous recent environmental initiatives. A Federal Government Water Grant was submitted and approved for a major storm-water collection project and education program. Students were actively involved with planning and building and an estimated 1.2 mega litres will be saved each year in water irrigation of lawns, gardens and ovals. Other projects include a paper management software system, recycling, a reconciliation native garden and a 2,000 watt grid connected photovoltaic power system installed. Animal husbandry and local food production are also now taught.

*Steve James, Nyrstar (second from left) presents MacKillop College representatives.

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteering Award

Rossarden and Friends Kids Christmas Club started in the 1930’s with miners donating to buy presents for the kids. The revived Christmas club started in 2003 to continue the tradition and provide Christmas festivities for children and their families. The club now cater for over 150 children and 200 parents. Family activities are organised during the year including Balls, Halloween Parties, Disco’s, BBQ’s and sporting events at little or no cost for low income families. A core group of 11 volunteers rely totally on fundraising efforts to cover costs. Donations are also made to charity from surplus funds.

*Maxine Griffiths AM, Volunteering Tasmania (right) presents Shirley Squires from Rossarden and Friends Kids Christmas Club Inc

Qew Orchards Outstanding Achiever Award

Kim Schneiders of Launceston began developing arts programs for students with disabilities at St George’s Special school, winning a National Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998. She then established Interweave Arts Association, a not for profit organisation that promote arts, education, culture, community and health. Kim also established the Esk Markets to promote arts and culture in Launceston and set up Streets Alive Youth Arts Festival. She has coordinated 4 festivals and introduced the Car Park Cinema to the Festival. Under Kim’s direction Arts Roar and Manic Productions are also run. Kim has given more than 9,000 voluntary hours over the past 10 years to the arts and her community.

*Philippa Chong, Qew Orchards (left) presents Kim Schneiders

Angoves Primary Industries and Agricultural Award

Westhaven Dairy of Launceston was established in 1967 with 2 dairy goats to provide family milk. Soon local supermarkets were being supplied with milk, cottage cheese and yoghurt and goat numbers increased to 200. In 1993 the Westhaven Dairy factory was born and in 2004 the farming side of the business was sold. The factory is the second largest producer of “chevre” in Australia, a soft French style fresh cheese. Goat and cow milk fetta and yoghurt and a variety of marinated products and paneer Cheese are also produced. With 59 staff and numerous awards and medals Westhaven Dairy is an industry leader.

*Craig Healy, Angove Family Winemakers (left) presents Westhaven Dairy representatives

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award

Brighton Alive of Gagebrook was set up as a result of a community forum, to provide events and activities with an emphasis on coordination, communication, consultation and cooperation. Brighton Alive in just 2 years has become an outstanding success providing 35 community events. Locals have banded together in proactively building Brighton’s community capacity. Brighton Council has allocated 2 staff members to assist in both resources and expertise to ensure Brighton Alive is sustainable. The model is also being used by State Governments Stronger Community Taskforce and other Councils.

*Drew Chapple, Kleenheat Gas (far left) represents Brighton Alive representatives.

2007 Community Achievement Award Winners:


2007 Community Achievement Award Winners with the Hon Michelle O’Bryne, MHA (seated far left)

A brief outline of each winner is shown below: for more information and for photos please contact Debbie Christie at the awards office on 1300 556 265 or via email at caa@awardsaustralia.com.

Australia Post Business Enterprise Award

Hazell Brothers Group of Derwent Park is a 60 year old family owned business. With a staff of 430, the company is proudly Tasmanian with the philosophy of recruiting, training and promoting from within the business ensuring mutual loyalty and trust. Activities include local and interstate civil and building construction, earthmoving, transport, quarrying, concrete and fleet maintenance. Hazell Brothers is active in giving back to the community through numerous charities and community events as well as youth and school projects. They also support staff involved in the Defence Force Reserves and the CFA and also provide equipment for emergencies such as fires.

*(L-R) Paul Lecher, Australia Post with Michael Hazel from Hazell Bros

The Franklin Press Events and Tourism Award

Burnie’s New Year’s Eve - A night on the Terrace has transformed the CBD and foreshore into an exciting highly inclusive New Year’s Eve experience that unites the community in celebration and reflection. 12,000 people attend the event annually generating positive economic outcomes for local service clubs and businesses but it’s greatest impact is on the community itself and its social fabric. The event has significantly contributed to social cohesion and a sense of belonging and pride and has played a major part in the re-birth of Burnie as an optimistic, vibrant and desirable community

*(L-R) Nicholas Hawker, The Franklin Press with Mayor Alvwyn Boyd representing “A Night of the Terrace” Burnie’s New Years Eve.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Associate Professor Christopher Newell AM of South Hobart has multiple life threatening disabilities and has spent many years of his life in hospital. An Academic at the University of Tasmania, he has achieved numerous degrees and has written 7 books and over 250 professional articles regarding disability and has international recognition for his work. Christopher works tirelessly to address the social barriers and attitudes towards the disabled in society and sits on an enormous number of boards and government bodies helping to turn his life experience into systemic reform. He is also an Anglican Priest working as a Canon at St. David’s Cathedral and has several appointments to theological colleges…….. Associate Professor Christopher Newell AM

*(L-R) Christine Bell, MAIB with Prof. Christopher Newell AM

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award

The North West Environment Centre of Burnie has grown from humble beginnings and a small group of volunteers to a vibrant centre for sustainability and environmental action. Five projects with a combined value of over $73,000 have addressed a broad spectrum of issues from biodiversity conservation to changes in energy supply. Stalls, forums, workshops, booklets and newsletters have increased awareness and participation with more than 3,000 community individuals and organisations reached. This initiative has allowed the Centre to motivate the community to make positive sustainable lifestyle changes and to take action to protect and enhance the North West environment.

*(L-R) David Henderson from North West Environment Centre with Francis Tewinghe, Nyrstar

Angove’s Volunteering Award

Jenny Piemontese of Sandford has 4 children but is also a foster mum to babies who are often on drug withdrawal and are premature and requiring 2 hourly feeds. Often with 6 or more foster children at a time ranging in age from birth to 19 years of age, she takes them to all of their medical appointments and then parts with every child in due course, with a tear. Jenny is also a telephone counsellor for Life Line and is committed to a minimum of 100 hours per year of training. She is also a member of the CHATS team for Life Line that operate programs within their social team to take isolated elderly people on outings such as movies, foodies groups and crafts. This is all done whilst studying for a Diploma in Community Welfare, a Cert 4 in Telephone Counselling and Cert 2 in Community Pharmacy.

*(L-R) Jim Kelly, Angoves Wines with Jenny Piemontese

Qew Orchards Outstanding Achiever Award

Celia Bray of West Hobart is a psychologist making a profound difference to the lives of young people in Tasmania. She created a youth and community organisation called “Festival of Dreams” to transform the perception young people have that they need to leave their local community to create opportunities. Using her own resources and without funding, she volunteered an enormous amount of hours to promoting a state-wide youth forum and pulled together young people and youth networks across Tasmania to hold the first Festival of Dreams in 2004. From that forum over 30 community projects have been successfully created by young people. Festival of Dreams is now fully funded to run forums and youth leadership programs.

*Representatives from Camperdown College Environment Group Hon Peter Batchelor, Minister for Planning and Community Development(far left)

Private Forests Tasmania Primary Industries and Agricultural Award

Tahune Fields Nursery of Lucaston is a widely recognised and respected producer of high quality young apple, pear and stone fruit trees for commercial orchardists in Tasmania and interstate. They are currently working on the development of the “Pink Ruby” a new “Pink Lady” apple variety. Export markets are currently being tested and it is anticipated that significant sales will be made in the next few years. Tahune Fields employs 27 people with disabilities in the nursery who are supported by highly skilled staff. Employees with disabilities learn a range of skills including grafting and pruning, and are trained in Certificate 1 and 2 in Horticulture.

*(L-R) Garry Carmichael from Tahune Fields Nursery with Arthur Lyons, Private Forests Tasmania

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award

St Helen’s Coastguard Flotilla 6 has 24 volunteer members who operate a 24/7 maritime radio listening watch and standby rescue crews. The service provides coverage to vessels operating in the North East and Tasman Sea. The long range rescue vessel "Sea Guardian” and the fast response boat “Break O’Day” rescue an average of 100 vessels each year from 3m dinghies to 70 tonne trawlers. Crews have performed rescues and risked their lives in gale and storm force conditions with up to 140kph winds in 10 metre seas. The dedicated members also give their time to other local organisations in the community and are a proud and integral part of the community.

*(L-R) Kade Chapple, Kleenheat Gas with Ian Hollingsworth representing St Helen’s Coastguard
Flotilla 6