NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2016 Finalists

NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust, Corporate Manager's Award

Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc of Tanilba Bay manages a nine hectare flora and fauna Crown Reserve on the Port Stephens foreshore. Members and volunteers have worked on the site since 1993 to preserve and improve the Habitat for locals and visitors. The site includes an Environment Centre which uses recycled and tank water and has had photovoltaic cells installed. A $250,000 Envirotrust Grant is being used to rehabilitate bush land in 10 locations across the Tilligerry Peninsula over the next five years.

Coffs Harbour City Council-Coffs Coast State Park manages a series of Crown Reserves including four beach parks, the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, substantial pedestrian and cycle networks and a large range of recreational spaces. Council contributes in excess of $1 million per annum towards the operational management of the reserves, including maintenance and bush regeneration. Most recently, $9.2 million has been secured for Stages 2-4 of improvements to the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores.

The Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastleis the Trustee of the Waratah Community Reserve Trust. The Council refurbished the former Waratah-Mayfield Bowling Club to create a multicultural community hub. The hub caters for community meetings, exercise and meal programs for the aged, language classes and multicultural dinners. Also completed is a new veranda, an all-weather BBQ area, a $250,000 Men’s Shed and a Community Garden. Plans to construct a child-care facility for disadvantaged families is currently underway.

Nambucca Shire Council, Business Development are the Trust Manager of Gumma Reserve Camp, a primitive camping ground located on the Mid North Coast. A grant of $111,000 was secured to fund an 18 month infrastructure upgrade at the Reserve, including the effluent management system, amenities and surrounding environment. The camping ground has been revitalised offering a pet and family friendly eco holiday experience. Since the upgrade, the Reserve has returned a profit, gaining a return on investment with all surplus funds reinvested for future sustainability.

NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust, Community Manager's Award

Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust of Rankin Park is in the process of transforming 549 hectares of wetland, dune and forest on the coast of Lake Macquarie. To date, 50 hectares has been planted with 50,000 locally sourced native plants to restore vegetation corridors. Volunteers have assisted in dune rehabilitation and improving natural biodiversity for wildlife. The Trust also manages public access to 4.5 kilometres of beach front, walking trails, a fire trail system and 3.5 kilometres of Fernleigh Track cycleway and walkway

Borah Greek Resrve Trust for Public Hall 66806 consists of six members who undertake fundraising and maintenance of the Reserve and Hall. They have renovated and re-stumped the hall and installed a water tank, new paths and a new kitchen for the many local community groups who regularly use the Hall. The Trust organise social events such as a bonfire and fireworks night, and an annual Christmas party. The trustees have recently applied for grants to repaint the roof and install solar panels.

Trundle Showground Trust provides a safe and comfortable camping experience to support the major festivals held in the town. The showground is used for the Trundle Show, Bush Tucker Day and ABBA Festival and also as the campsite for visiting travellers. The Trust secured $80,000 of funding to upgrade the showground’s power and water supply and set up an online booking system. Planning is underway for further upgrades and a central hub with communal catering and campfire facilities.

Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award

BEST Food Garden of Inverell is a not-for-profit organisation. It was created to facilitate participation and engagement in meaningful activities for people with a disability or those facing long term unemployment. Participants learn communication skills, team work and patience and formal training in horticulture and aquaponics are provided. Produce is distributed free each week to over 100 low income elderly pensioners and Aboriginal Elders. The BEST Food Garden was runner up in the ABC Gardening Australia Community Garden of the Year.

Nundle, New South Wales formed a partnership with Destination Tamworth to generate marketing and promotional activity for the community. Nundle now offers an extensive calendar of events such as the two day Go for Gold Festival which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. The efforts of the group have resulted in regional revenue of $1,500,000, and in 2015 they received a 2015 Community Appreciation Australia Day Award. Through hard work, Nundle has reinvented itself as a highly regarded tourism destination.

The Cad Factory of Sandigo is a not-for-profit association working with local and surrounding communities to create arts capacity and opportunities. The Factory mentor’s artists and crafts-people and gives them the opportunity to exhibit their work or contribute to a larger project. The Cad Factory has constructed an international standard recording and performance studio and built a reputation for delivering successful regional arts projects. They provide opportunities to create ground breaking art projects and have established a vibrant arts community.


Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award

The Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro's Own of Queanbeyan has been providing financial support to cancer patients and their families since 1986. The group has three staff members and gives 100% of donations and proceeds back to their 977 registered patients. The Group organise the annual “Convoy for Cancer Families” with over 450 trucks and 450 motorbikes starting from Queanbeyan to Exhibition Park in Canberra. The event attracted 5,000 spectators and raised over $230,000.

Flagstaff Group of Unanderra is an Australian Disability Enterprise and not-for-profit organisation providing meaningful employment to people with a disability. Established in 1966, the Group currently employ 340 staff of whom 280 are people with a disability. Flagstaff is 85% self-sufficient through commercial training and not reliant on Government funding. A key project has been the creation of the “Flagstaff Innovation Fund” which sees Flagstaff working with local training providers and businesses to provide people with a disability access to training, employment and social inclusion opportunities.

Broken Hill Regional Events Centre Reserve Trust manages the Trust and the numerous buildings dating back to the 1900’s. The 77 hectare property is a key community facility attracting 75,000 people annually to major sporting, cultural and social events. Fundraising, grant applications and community support has seen infrastructure upgraded. The Trust also provided accommodation for the 2,084 self-contained caravans and motor homes during the 2016 National Caravan and Motor Home Club of Australia National Rally.


MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award

Kamini Morris of Long Jetty displays compassion and empathy in her role as an aged care worker at Uniting Nareen Gardens Lodge. Kamini assists residents with daily tasks, outings and social activities. She treats every resident as an individual and is respectful of their preferences and cultural differences. Often volunteering out of hours, she once cared for a distressed elderly gentleman in her own home whilst his wife was in hospital. Her kindness and care is highly regarded by staff, residents and their families.

Suzanne Duggan has provided almost 20 years of service to Gummun Place Hostel in her role as Hostel Supervisor. She assists in caring for 16 aged care residents and has developed a strong rapport with them. She has achieved this through one-on-one conversations, meetings with family members, and maintaining an excellent working relationship with local medical professionals to tailor the care needs of each resident. Suzanne is constantly looking for ways to make residents feeling they are at home, not ‘in a home.’.

Toni Shutt of Henty represents the spirit of care giving. In her role as Activities Officer at Myoora Hostel, she provides encouragement, support and friendship to the 20 residents. She often commits 10-15 volunteer hours a week in addition to her paid time, to prepare resources and activities. Toni gets to know each resident properly and tailors her programs, activities and individual support around their life stories. She is currently looking for an avenue to involve local schools to help construct an outdoor courtyard.

Trevor Russell of Boambee East goes above and beyond to entertain and support the health and wellbeing of residents at Mater Christi Aged Care Facility. For the last three years, he has volunteered three days each week. He runs exercise classes for the residents, takes them for walks and transports them to concerts and other events such as Mass. His kind and caring nature supports the residents and allows them to open up and share their feelings with him during times of sadness and sorrow.

1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award

Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar of East Maitland established Assistance Dogs NSW, a not-for-profit charity that trains puppies to assist people living with disabilities. Carmel has gained Delta Dog Training qualifications, and is one of only seven people accredited under the Queensland Government’s Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act. She works tirelessly to increase awareness of the organisation’s work, and is the driving force behind the fundraising efforts, raising $30,000 per dog, each year. Carmel also coordinates a weekly Dog Training School for students with disabilities.

Hannah McInerney of Kiama is the Brigade Training Officer for the Jamberoo Rural Fire Service. She provides fire safety education through pre-school visits and community events. Captain of the Kiama Surf Life Saving Club, Hannah spends 100 hours a season providing life guarding services. She also volunteers with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, encouraging students to continue their education. Passionate about her community, Hannah volunteers a total of 40 hours each week on top of her paid work and university studies.

Jennifer Cowley of Dubbo is an ambassador at the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief. She is passionate about raising awareness of the impacts of mismanaging personal grief. She volunteers much of her time travelling and speaking to community groups and schools about her own personal experience. In 2014, Jennifer self-published “Grandpas Hat”, raising $25,000 which she contributed to providing counselling support for families suffering loss. Grandpas Hat is now a vital resource, helping parents and teachers guide children through loss and grief.

Paul Boultwood of Tarrawanna is President of the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce. He has successfully organised community enhancing projects and obtained a grant to provide a defibrillator to the Corrimal Community Centre and Library. Paul introduced the Community Information Hub to promote businesses and services and is the co-founder of the Corrimal Revitalisation Action Group. His enthusiasm has seen the Community Centre grow from 19 to 150 members within 2 years, and become an award winning local chamber of business.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Weeroona Aged Care Residence of Cowra has been operating since 1972 and has 95 beds and 120 staff. The home is proactive in holding fund raisers for those in need, recently raising $3,000 to assist two team members. Staff are consulted and empowered to drive the direction of training programs and are offered flexible shifts to accommodate higher learning studies. The facility has many long-standing employees, with 14 of these staff working a combined 292 years.

Accessible Living Options of Bathurst provides flexible services for aged and young people with a disability to remain living independently in their own home. They have a voluntary Management Board and employ 38 staff, including 21 support workers and 40 trained volunteers. Volunteers are provided with access to training, social events and debriefing sessions with staff. Staff are provided with professional development and access to conferences. A flexible work environment assists staff in balancing the competing demands of work, life and family.

Mareeba Aged Care of Maclean is a private non-denominational facility providing 24-hour care for their 119 frail aged residents. Volunteer visitors provide support services and entertainment, including “Friends of Mareeba” and the newly initiated “Intergenerational Program” linking residents with local school students. Mareeba offers an education program for staff and have been selected to partner as a Registered Training Organisation with selected universities, TAFEs and local high schools. This year they won three awards at the Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards.

Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award

Tamworth Country Music Festival began in 1973 as the first ever Australasian Country Music Awards and this year celebrated 44 years. The Music Festival is Australia’s largest music festival and offers a variety of music with 700 performers and 2,800 shows across 120 different venues in the 10 days. 120 local businesses are involved in the festival. In 2016, there were 21,000 attendees and the festival contributed an estimated $51,500,000 to the local and national economy.

Bluesfest of Byron Bay began in 1990 as a grass roots blues music festival and is now one of the world’s leading contemporary music festivals attracting in excess of 100,000 attendees across the 5 days. The festival contributes over $23.9 million annually to the economy, providing 64 full time jobs, and assisting volunteers with future career opportunities. The festival has launched the careers of many local talent, with previous Busking competition winners, now with international agencies and tours. To date, Bluesfest has also raised $471,000 for Cystic Fibrosis.

Parkes Elvis Festival was established in 1993 as a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley. The festival showcases local community talent and local businesses experience an increase in trade with the festival providing an $11 million boost to the local economy. Offering over 120 events and the world’s best Elvis tribute artists, Parkes is now renowned for the Elvis Festival. 22,000 people attended the five-day festival this year and it has won at the Regional Tourism Awards for the second consecutive year.

Deni Ute Muste of Deniliquin was created 17 years ago to encourage tourism, and celebrate the diversity, tradition and vibrancy of rural Australia. The 2015, two day event saw 1,200 local volunteers contribute, with 18,000 attendees generating $16 million of spending throughout the region.. Since 2008, the festival has donated approximately $770,000 to local sporting and community organisations. The Deni Ute Muster holds the Guinness World Record title for the longest parade of utes in the world.


2015 Finalists

CRT Agricultural Community Achiever Award

Brad Adams of Wauchope, has been the Store Manager at the Comboyne Rural store in Comboyne since December 2013. Brad has turned the store around, increasing sales and clientele through his knowledge sharing and commitment to fellow farmers. Together with the Wauchope store, he instigated Farming information nights. Industry Sales Reps also provide current information to farmers and their wives on fencing, cattle drenching, pet and livestock feeds, fertilizer and other farming needs. Brad also runs a 200 acre farm in Yarras where he stocks Draft horses and is trialling various new crops
Colin Seis of Gulgong, is a 4th generation farmer and his 2,000 acre property “Winona” runs 4,000 merino sheep, has cereal grain crops, native grass seed production and a Kelpie working dog Stud. Colin is co- pioneer and developer of “Pasture Cropping”, an innovative technique of zero tilling crops directly into perennial pastures, without killing the pasture. Colin has spent many years educating farmers and scientists about the need to use farming methods that will regenerate farms and the world’s ecosystems. His methods are being adopted by farmers, in many countries around the world

Heath Rowe of HRFT Transport Mungindi, designed and developed the Fire Prevention Shield after experiencing first hand how easily fires in grain harvesters can start. The Shield works by capturing air from the cooling fan to create a high-pressure system, removing crop debris from the hot components of the harvester’s engine bay. This reduces the potential for fire ignition causing both machine and crop loss, saving millions of dollars for owners and insurance companies. To date, HRFT Transport has already either fitted or has pre-season orders for 80 headers

Kiama Farmers Market, launched in February 2014 after a group of like-minded farmers and foodies came together to form a not-for-profit organisation to promote local farmers and producers. The market is held every Wednesday giving growers, producers and makers contact with customers for direct sales. Holding the market mid-week has created a real fresh food shopping alternative for consumers with many businesses crediting the Farmers Market for their new customers. A number of activities have also been organised such as children’s cooking classes, a lantern festival and school holiday programs

Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Community Manager's Award 

Bungonia Park Trust, comprises of 7 Crown Trustees dedicated to improving Bungonia Park and the surrounding 15 acres of valuable wildlife habitats and corridors. The recreational area consists of BBQ’s, picnic tables, heritage signage, tennis courts, children’s playground, potable water, a War Memorial, Gallipoli Grove, Bongong Aboriginal Bushfood Garden and walking trails. The Trust organises working days to support Community Corrections groups, applies for grants and engages with volunteers and stakeholders for projects. This year 21 new trees have been planted at Gallipoli Grove and 124 new plants on the walking trails
Friends of Tamworth Marsupial Park, are a team of volunteers who have transformed the Marsupial Park from a rundown facility six years ago, to a highly rated tourist attraction visited by hundreds of people each weekend. Recent projects include the construction of a Fern Gully with two pools and a recirculating water stream powered by a solar panel. A new children’s adventure playground is also being constructed by the volunteers. Complete with a wombat enclosure, the playground is designed for both able and disabled children under 12

Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Reseve Trust, is a dedicated group of volunteers committed to improving the 107 year old War Memorial Hall. The Trust is responsible for the upkeep of the hall, hire bookings and catering for tourist coaches, dances and business functions. $15,000 was raised to construct a storeroom, an enclosed BBQ area and a full kitchen upgrade. A new toilet block has been completed and a cark park is under construction. Original photos of servicemen and women have also been restored and displayed in the Hall
Glen Innes Showground Trust, has overseen $500,000 in investments in infrastructure redevelopment at the Showgrounds over the past 10 years. Works have included new electrical and water infrastructure, new roofing on the historic Grandstand, Tea Rooms, the Hunter Street Stables, a new ring fence, construction of a Men’s Shed and rebuilding of the Disabled Grandstand. Home to many unique heritage buildings, the Showground is utilised by local, regional and state-wide community groups. Last year, the Trust secured $185,000 in funding to replace the 60-year-old ring lights

Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Manager's Award

Bendemeer Preschool Incorporated Committee, provides the only locally-based program for children aged 2 to 5 within a 25km radius. Consisting of parent volunteers and community members, the committee is also responsible for the development, maintenance and improvement of the reserve facilities. Recognised as an Early Education Provider in 2013, the Preschool developed the “Kick-Start to Kindy” program to support children in their transition to primary school with 38 children completing the program so far. The committee also run the canteen at the local home football games and assist the local primary school
Wollongong City Council, has completed 15 major projects on the Blue Mile since 2007. The Blue Mile, located along the shore line in Wollongong had in previous years become neglected. Council’s vision was for the Blue Mile to become a popular and beautiful open space linking the city centre to the foreshore. Works included a major heritage building refurbishment, widened pathway network, park and streetscape upgrades, artwork, coastal protection works, fitness stations and playgrounds. Council has won numerous awards for the project and further works are planned for next year

The Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastle, has created a safe and accessible multicultural community hub as Trustee of the Waratah Community Reserve. Previously an unused bowling club, volunteers refurbished the roof of the main building, added a veranda and totally renovated the old green-keeper outbuildings. With the introduction of a community garden and the Men’s Shed, over 100 new community members have been attracted to the site each week. The Council is now investigating the feasibility of constructing a child-care facility for disadvantaged and disenfranchised families

Camden Head Pilot Station, is a heritage listed navigation assistance facility located at Dunbogan on the mid north coast. Overseen by the Camden Haven Community College Committee, the station was refurbished in 2001. It provides holiday retreat accommodation, artist and writer residences and community environmental, educational and cultural events. The committee has ensured that the property is as self-sufficient as possible, installing water tanks, septic system, solar grid connection and its own satellite internet connection. With an occupancy rate last year of almost 70%, the Station is now financially self-supporting

Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award

LightnUp Incorporated of Lismore, is a not-for-profit community organisation that presents the annual Lismore Lantern Parade, now in its 21st year. A family-friendly and alcohol-free event, it celebrates social inclusion through performance and creative arts. The Parade incorporates markets, workshops, a Viking Village and art exhibitions. The use of candles and light on the longest night of the year symbolises hope and optimism. The Parade commences at dusk, winding through the town centre and culminates in a spectacular outdoor performance dubbed the “Fiery Finale”. An estimated 30,000 people come to Lismore for the festival each year

Boggabri Drovers Campfire is a true, lasting and unforgettable “country experience” celebrating the camaraderie of Aussie drovers. Week-end activities include shearing demonstrations, damper and camp oven cooking, poets, working dogs and heavy horse demonstrations and campfire sing-alongs. Created 10 years ago by the Drovers Campfire committee, the event has grown from 27 to 500 caravans and attracts families, young adults and single caravaners. The Boggabri community has eagerly embraced the event, with 260 volunteers - 21% of the town’s population, guaranteeing visitors a personalised, friendly, local welcome during their stay

Batlow CiderFest, provides a stimulus for the town and local cider industry whilst promoting tourism to the region. The Batlow CiderFest street party is a festival of celebration with talented local entertainers, 80 market stalls, gourmet foods, locally grown produce and homemade delights. The first ever cider festival held on a town basis in New South Wales, it has established itself as an annual event after only 4 years. The Cider Industry Conference has also grown from a local conference to one that attracts international representation and recognition

MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award

Neil Pitt of Elemore Valley, represents the spirit of volunteering, assisting residents at Koombahla Aged Care Facility every day of the year. He provides social interaction, plays cards and reads newspapers to residents. Neil has contributed over 7,500 hours and still managers to visit friends and neighbours in other aged care facilities as well. He has developed a range of small group activities to assist residents with mental health and social inclusion and utilises his talent as a poet. In 2013, Neil was named Volunteer of the Year in the Hunter Valley Aged Care Awards

Sarah Marciano of Byron Bay, is the Director at Feros Care, and is committed to delivering a strong focus on health and wellbeing. Sarah developed and led the implementation of a new model of aged care, known as the Byron Model. The Byron Model encompasses philosophies surrounding wellness, active ageing, positive living and restorative care. Since inception the Byron Model has seen improvements in residents decreasing their medication significantly, and attendance for exercise programs has increased from 5 residents to 25. The number of residents who are mobile has tripled

Paws Pet Therapy of Thirlmere, is a registered charity that trains volunteers and their dogs to provide a safe and professional pet-assisted therapy service. Paw Teams, consisting of volunteers and their dogs visit people in aged care facilities, hospitals and other medical and community facilities. Established in the Southern Highlands in 2012, Paws Pet Therapy currently supports 35 volunteers to provide pet-assisted therapy in 30 facilities. Paws Pet Therapy volunteers work on a monthly roster providing approximately 50 hours of pet-assisted therapy to people in aged care facilities every month

Peabody Energy Environment & Landcare Award

Friends of the Colo of Wentworth Falls, was formed in 2000 specifically to conduct the “Willows out of Wollemi” project to eradicate invasive Black Willow along the Colo River in the Wollemi National Park and Wilderness. By 2006 the group had treated nearly 17,000 Black Willow in the catchment, and the emphasis started shifting towards the non-willow weeds. As a registered Landcare Group, they have contributed over 3,000 volunteer days to the environment and have helped establish several other regional and remote area weed control programs in NSW and Tasmania

Fingal Head Coastcare Inc. has operated for 29 years re-vegetating Crown land on the Fingal Peninsula. The on-going project involves weed control, seed collection and propagation, native vegetation planting and wetland rehabilitation. 20 volunteers work four days a week maintaining 33 hectares of regenerated native vegetation, which was destroyed by sand mining during the 1950’s and 60’s. Over 3,000 volunteer hours were completed last year with 2,000 plants planted. An environmental student education program is also conducted with interpretative works, planting days, seed collection activities and workshops

Coal Point Progress Association, has undertaken the ambitious project of regenerating 20 hectares of bush land along Coral Point Ridge and 8.7 hectares of wetlands and catchment at Carey Bay. For 20 years Coral Point Progress land carers have sought to protect and preserve endangered ecological communities and vulnerable species. Management of major transformer weeds and identifying wildlife corridors is improving the health, resilience and connectivity of the area. 69 volunteers and 37 landholders are undertaking activities equating to almost 11,000 volunteer hours contributed, saving over $300,000 in labour costs

Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award

Tidy Up Taree, is a committed group of volunteers striving to increase community spirit and enhance their local surrounds. Starting with the main street and a one block radius, the group replanted gardens, painted borders and median strips and cleaned building facades. In 2014 the tidy up area was extended by another two blocks of the CBD which were refurbished and a Civic Heart was created in the centre of town. The Tidy Up Taree initiative has been successful in changing the community’s attitude with no instances of graffiti in the area during the last two years

Cancer Care Western NSW, is a recognised national service provider supplying a vital support service for cancer patients in regional NSW. Cancer Care Western NSW successfully engaged the region and local communities in order to fund the $5.4 million building of the Western Care Lodge. The Lodge provides accommodation for cancer patients who are undertaking treatment at the Centre. They are now fundraising for Clinical Cancer Trials to provide life enhancement and extension for many of the regions cancer patients

Co-Care Incorporated of Tamworth, was formed in 1978 by a group of concerned citizens to provide transport services to elderly people. They drive people to and from medical appointments, assist with shopping and take them to visit partners in Nursing Homes. Co-Care is financed solely by donations from people using the service and community organisations. There are 8 office volunteers and 23 volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to transport people. Co-Care has 508 clients and 542 transports have been provided, equating to 1,626 volunteer hours in the last seven months

Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award

Local Health Medical Trust of Barham, consists of 9 volunteers who manage the community owned Barham & District Medical Centre. The Centre was developed in response to the need for improved medical and local health facilities. The vision was to improve the health, economic and social environments of the local community. The Trust has increased retention rates of General Practitioners and provided community members increased access to health care and specialist services. They sourced funding for further upgrades and extensions to the Medical Centre and administer the Local Medical Student Scholarship scheme

Tumut District Community Transport, is a not-for-profit volunteer driver organisation established 30 years ago. Complying with strict quality accreditation and sustainability standards, paid staff are supported by 60 volunteers and 24 volunteer drivers who completed over 10,000 service trips last year. As an Accredited Disability Service they provide affordable, local and inter-regional services by car and bus for people who are transport and financially disadvantaged. They won the 2013 Tumut Shire Council Achievement Award and a 2015 Snowy Hydro Tumut Region Business Award

BEST Food Garden of Inverell, is a community activity. It was created to facilitate participation and engagement in meaningful activities particularly for disadvantaged people, people with a disability and the long term unemployed. Operating for 3 years, 18 groups now regularly use the garden for therapeutic, training and social inclusion purposes. Activities include propagating, planting, nurturing and harvest. Produce from the garden, including fresh eggs, is then distributed weekly by people with a disability, at no cost, to approximately 100 low income pensioners and Indigenous Elders throughout Glen Innes and Inverell

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

BaptistCare Maranoa Alstonville Residental Aged Care, has a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of their 115 staff and 90 residents. They have developed a strong reputation in the local community and received national recognition for unique and innovative programs and projects. Projects for the residents include the Memory Care and Sensory Garden, the Rainforest Project and Radio Maranoa which transmits golden oldies to the residents 24/7. Staff programs include the Employee Assistance Program, onsite workshops, an Inspire Awards program, free staff massages and Study Scholarships

BlueWave Living of Woy Woy, is a community owned not-for-profit organisation providing care and accommodation for 96 residents. Onsite services include physiotherapy, hairdressing, pet therapy, laundry services, music therapy and social outings. Volunteers from the local community also contribute their time and energy to assist residents. With a strong focus on the training, safety and wellbeing for their 100 employees, BlueWave Living encourages their further education and provides regular training sessions. A gym membership is offered to permanent staff, regular social functions are organised and a Fringe Benefit Card is also offered

Charles O'Neill Hostel - Catholic Healthcare Mayfield, is a unique 40 bed Aged Care Facility catering for the socially and financially disadvantaged. These people have often been turned away from other facilities due to their complex behaviours and needs. Each of the 28 staff play an integral role in managing the needs of the residents and are offered flexible working conditions, job share opportunities and breaks when needed. To meet resident’s individual needs, the staff get together to brainstorm ideas to devise a very specific mental health care plan for each resident

Feros Care of Byron Bay, is a community-owned, not-for-profit organisation providing services to seniors living in their own homes and operates three residential villages in Northern NSW. There are 525 employees and 130 volunteers annually supporting 5,000 people. Advocating to improve the image of ageing, Feros Care has created initiatives such as the “Get Bold Not Old” Social Media Campaign with photos of seniors doing bold activities such as skydiving or surfing. Feros Care provides flexible rosters, supports remote workers through technology, prioritises staff training and offers an in-house leadership development program


2014 Finalists

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• Byron Bay Communitu Association Incorporated - Byron Bay
• Lake Menindee Plantation Reserve Trust
• NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust - Urunga Heads Holiday Park Morgo St Reserve

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Community Managers Award
• Bega Showground Trust - Bega
• Tamworth Public Recreation Reserve Trust - Tamworth
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust - Wellington

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Fingal Head Coastcare Inc - Fingal Head
• Illawarra Youth Landcare - Illawarra
• Ray Thompson - Nyngan

The Prime Super Community of the Year Population Under 15,000 Award
• Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre Inc
• Tathra Mountain Bike Club
• Warrae Wanni - Muswellbrook South Public School

The Prime Super Community of the Year Population Over 15,000 Award
• Byron Bay Community Association Incorporated
• Committee 4 Wagga
• Friends of the Regal Incorporated - Newcastle

The Elite Coatings Regional Service Award
• Alf Cantrell - Yeoval
• Dianne O'Brien - Umina Beach
• William Murray - Bulli

The Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award
• Batlow Ciderfest
• Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival
• Canowindra Balloon Challenge Inc

2013 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• Central Coast Holiday Parks - Wyong Shire Council
• Wollongong City Council - The Blue Mile

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Community Managers Award
• Bulahdelah War Memorial Reserve Trust
• Tuggerah Lakes Reserve Trust

The Fantastic Furniture Indigenous Achievement Award
• Peak Hill Aboriginal Landcare Group
• William O'Brien

The Fantastic Furniture Youth Leadership Award
• Jayla Nix
• Saul Brady

The Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award
• Deniliquin Business Chamber
• Lower Lachlan Community Services

The Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award
• Catholic Community Services - Orana Division
• Our House

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Corowa District Landcare
•Ray Thompson

The Essential Energy Regional Service Award
• Alf Cantrell
• William Lawson

The Speciality Press Events and Tourism Award
• Canowindra Challenge Inc
• The Legendary Pacific Coast

The University of Newcastle Business Achievement Award
• Central Coast Group Training
• Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd

2012 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Corporate Managers Award
• Byron Youth Services of Byron Bay
• Bellinger Heads Holiday Park

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Community Managers Award
• Cowra Showground Racecourse & Paceway Trust
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust of Wellington

The NSW Trade & Investment - Business Development Organisation Award
• Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre
• Johns River Progress Association of Morrland

The NSW Department Trade and Investment - Events & Tourism Award
• Boggabri Drovers Campfire
• The Legendary Pacific Coast of Port Macquarie

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award
• Landsavers Pty Ltd - Red Head
• Lithgow Bizzi Paws - Lithgow

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award
• Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group
• Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association of Dubbo

The Prime Super - Regional & Rural Development Award
• Australian Vermiculture Pty Ltd - Broken Hill
• Glenwarrie Partnership - Tamworth

The Essential Energy - Regional Service Award
• Ted Bickford - Tuncurry
• Elsie Gordon - DUbbo

The NSW Department of Primary Industries - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Dungog & District Neighbourcare Inc
• Unitincare Casino Transport Team

The NSW Department of Primary Industries - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• East Ballina Lions Club Inc.
• Windale Mens Shed

2011 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Corporate Managers Award
• Bendemeer Preschool Inc - Bendemeer
• Coffs Harbour Showground & Public Recreation Trust - Coffs Harbour

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Community Trust Award
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust - Wellington
• Yarrie Lake Flora, Fauna & Recreation Reserve Trust - Wee Waa

The NSW Trade & Investment - Business Development Organisation Award
• Ariah Park Community
• Cobar Enterprise Facilitation - Cobar

The NSW Trade & Investment - Events & Tourism Award
• Canowindra Challenge Inc - Canowindra
• The Long Paddock - Hay

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award
• Chill at Evans Cafe - Evans Head
• Mai-Wel Group - Maitland

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award
• Australian Ecosystem Foundation - Lithgow
• Robert Quirk - Murwillumbah

The Prime Super - Regional & Rural Development Award
• C02 Australia - Wagga Wagga
• Outback Beds - Walgett

The Essential Energy - Regional Service Award
• Allison Hammett - Stockton
• George McCormick - Walgett Shire

The Crown Lands - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Deniliquin Ute Muster Volunteers
• Morundah Community

The Crown Lands - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Byron Bay Community Association Inc
• East Ballina Lions Club Inc

2010 Finalists
The NSW Industry & Investment Business Enterprise Award
• Cumnock Progress Association
• Milthorpe Business Committee

The NSW Industry & Investment Events and Tourism Award
• Booderee National Park - Jervis Bay
• Spirit of the Land - Lockhart
• The Long Paddock - Hay

The Salvation Army Employment Plus Employment and Training Award
• Break Thru People Solutions NSW Western Region - Dubbo
• Illawarra Industry Apprenticeship Project - Wollongong
• The Eurobodalla Adult Education Centre Inc - Batemans Bay

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Little River Landcare Group Inc - Yeoval
• Declan Clausen - Wallsend
• Martin Royds - Braidwood

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• The Four Post Youth Camp Trust - Mathoura
• Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust - Silverton
• Victoria Park Recreation Reserve Trust - Dubbo

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve Trust - Community Trust Award
• Banjo Paterson Park Trust - Yeoval
• Gooloogong War Memorial Hall Trust - Gooloogong
• Yarrie Lake Flora & Fauna Recreation Reserve Trust - Wee Waa

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Age of Fishes Museum - Canowindra
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Cumnock & District Progress Association - Cumnock

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Broken Hill Volunteer Community - Broken Hill
• Disability Trust - Fairy Meadow
• Tweed Palliative Support Inc - Murwillumbah

2009 Finalists
The Department of Industry & Investment Business Enterprise Award
• Ballina Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc - Ballina
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Cumnock Progress Association - Cumnock

The Department of Industry & Investment Events and Tourism Award
Grand Pacific Drive - Wollongong

• Mungindi Music Festival Committee - Mungindi
• Yeoval Mulga Bill Festival - Yeoval
The Integral Energy Regional Service Award
• Juan Alvarez - Cambewarra
• John Blunt - Orange
• George McCormick - Walgett

The Kleenheat Gas Environment and Landcare Award
• Environmental Champions Program Caldwell Cluster Group - Barham
• Little River Landcare Group Inc - Yeoval
• Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group Inc - Taree

The Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve - Trust Managers Award

• Coffs Harbour Showground & Public Recreation Trust - Coffs Harbour
• Lady Denman Management Committee - Huskisson
• Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust - Newcastle

The Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve - Trust Community Award
• Alumy Creek Reserve Trust - Grafton
• Broken Hill Regional Events Centre Reserve Trust - Broken Hill
• Montreal Goldfield Management Committee - Bermagui

The Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Premer Community - Premer
• Rural Care Link Drought Relief Team - Jindera

The Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Caringa Enterprises Ltd - South Grafton
• Power of Choice - Port Macquarie

2008 Finalists
The Department of State & Regional Development Business Enterprise Award
• Hunternet Cooperative Ltd - Newcastle
• Regional Media Networks Pty Ltd - Bowral
• - Byron Bay

The Department of State & Regional Development Events and Tourism Award
• Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival - Brunswick Heads
• Elvis Revival Inc - Parkes
• Mungindi Music Festival - Mungindi

The Integral Energy Regional Service Award
• Peter “Jack” Barnes - Eugowra
• Tania Hartigan - Wallabadah
• Steven Lucas - Armidale

The Kleenheat Gas Environment and Landcare Award
• Canberra Girls Grammar School - Deakin
• Clean Energy for Eternity - Bega
• Little River Landcare Group - Yeoval

The Department of Lands Crown Reserve Trust Administrators Award
• Conargo Shire Council - Conargo
• Dubbo City Council - Dubbo
• Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust - Newcastle

The Department of Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Award
• Ashby Community Centre & Recreation Reserve - Ashby
• Killalea State Park Trust - Shellharbour
• Wanganella Tidy Towns Committee - Wanganella

The Department of Lands Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Coomba District Progress Association - Coomba
• The Drought Relief Team, Rural Care Inc - Jindera
• Tullamore Inc - Tullamore

The Department of Lands Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Hunter Youth Challenge - Singleton
• Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol - Port Stephens Nelson Bay
• Marymead Child & Family Centre - Narrabundah