NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

"Participating in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards was a really positive experience for us at Mareeba Aged Care.
In putting together the application it made us realise how much our organisation has achieved. It also allowed us to reflect on how much we contribute to the health and welfare of our community and our staff, giving us pause to reflect on both our successes and the challenges we face in our small rural community.
Winning the 2016 Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards has allowed us to showcase our corporate culture, our working ethos and our achievements. The win has been reflected in our already high staff morale. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to promote our business, our community and the achievements of our very talented and hardworking staff. To think we could compete on a state-wide basis has been very exciting.
Winning the Award is encouraging for our whole team to find even more ways to provide innovative care to our residents and to find more ways to encourage our work colleagues to improve their education, to give back to our community, our business and our professions.
We have formed a small committee of staff to decide on the best use of the prize money provided through the generosity of the Commonwealth Bank in keeping with the rationale for our winning the Award as “employer of excellence.”
The generous support of PRIME7 has allowed us continued reinforcement of our organisations branding within our community giving us ongoing link through television support over many weeks.
We would like to thank our sponsors in creating a forum in which we can be showcased and recognised for our work and the real benefits we bring to our community.
The Awards Night was a real testament to the people who make our country and especially country and regional NSW/ACT a better place.
The trophy on display in our foyer is a perpetual reminder to our Residents, their guests and our work colleagues that our organisation and our region works incredibly well and it will empower others to do more for our region.
We found this experience to be incredibly rewarding, very exciting and would encourage other organisations to nominate."

Rachel Bennett
Director of Nursing, Mareeba Aged Care
2016 Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

 

"The Nundle Community is overwhelmed and very proud of this success. It is a reminder of the amazing contribution the small community puts into its success and long term sustainability.
A community of less than 300 persons with a new look modern website, hosts a 2 day Easter Festival that exceeds 15,000 visitors reflecting on record sales in local business houses, we can boast of having businesses inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame and winners of NSW State and Regional Tourism Awards, we won the 2014 NSW Tidy Towns Award and went on to win the National Community Partnerships Award and was highly commended for our Heritage & Cultural achievements. All this whilst retaining our quite serene lifestyle.
It is important to recognise all of the Nundle Community achieved this prestigious award. The Nundle Business, Tourism & Marketing Group are dedicated to promoting the area and establishing a strong sustainable future, the many community groups and organisations that work tirelessly to improve and maintain our community life, the volunteers at the Nundle Visitor Information Outlet that promote our beautiful town and the many attractions, the silent volunteers that contribute that little something in the background and quite often go unrecognised, the friendly community member who always smiles and acknowledges visitors to our town and the many partnerships formed with all levels of government to assist the community in achieving their goals.
The Awards Program is an important tool which acknowledges the achievements and dedicated work rural communities put into securing a sustainable future for all community generations. It is important that we acknowledge the achievements of our many regional communities and encourage them to grow and be proud of their local communities, contributing to a stronger NSW and ACT. The pride and recognition spreads further afield than local communities and reflects the proud state and territory we have grown to be."
Kay Burnes
Section 355 Coordinator (South), Nundle, New South Wales
2016 Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award

 

"I was so very happy when I found out that my deputy service manager Deborah Hodgson nominated me and other work staff for MOA Bench Marking Service in Aged Care Award I certainly can't thank her enough for acknowledging and appreciating my work, and to make it top 4 in NSW and ACT I was so over the moon to have come this far. I felt like a winner there and then, and on the 11/11/16 I was invited to go the award ceremony at Novotel in Wollongong all my family, my work mates and my boss. At the award ceremony when they announced me as the winner for the MOA Benchmarking in Aged Care, words couldn't described how I felt, all mixed emotions, I felt like the happiest person in the world I never thought I would achieve anything like this in my entire life. My beautiful family by my side, my boss and my work mates supporting me , not to mention all the staff at the Lodge, the residents at the Lodge that I care for and their families, their love and support made my night extra special. I feel so very special and lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful people. They all are like my extended family, even though my family is far away, being amongst this extended family of mine makes me feel as if I am home with family. Last of all, as I always think in my heart, care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honours, its not how much we do, it's how much love we put into doing our job. Being told that your very appreciated is one of the most simplest yet incredible uplifting things you can ever hear, and last of all, that awesome moment when a resident holds your hand and says thank you for being my nurse is what makes my job worth it."

Kamini Morris
2016 MOA Benchmarking Service in Aged Care Award Winner

 

"Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust were pleased to win the NSW Department of Industry-Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Manager's Award and accepted it as an acknowledgement of the contribution of our volunteer community towards 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 put in 1000's of hours in dune rehabilitation and improving natural biodiversity for wildlife. The Trust also manages 4.5 kilometres of beachfront and the Beach Permit system, walking trails showcasing park highlights, a fire trail system and assists in weed management in and near the corridor for 3.5 kilometres of Fernleigh Track cycleway and walkway. Trustees Greg Wright and Helen Rogers accepted the award on the Trust's behalf and on behalf of all our volunteers who will be encouraged by this recognition to continue their efforts to enhance and protect this special part of the coast."

Greg Wright, Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust

2016 NSW Department of Industry-Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Manager's Award

 

2015

“Participating in the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards was a really positive experience for the Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall. Putting together the application made us realise how much our Committee and Volunteers have really achieved and allowed us to reflect on both our successes and challenges. Making it into the finals was a real highlight, we are such a small rural community, it was exciting to think we could compete on a state-wide basis. To actually win the Award in our category was an unbelievable high, especially being a War Memorial Hall and winning it during the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC’s. It provided a real boost in moral for our entire Committee, volunteers and local community and I would encourage participants to nominate and enjoy a similar experience.”

Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Reserve Trust
2015 Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Community Manager's Award Winner


“Thank you for encouraging us to nominate for the 2015 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards. As semi-finalists in 2014 we learnt a lot about this great event and how highly regarded the awards are throughout NSW and the ACT. We were thrilled to hear that we had been chosen as finalists in 2015 and then to go on and win in our category on the night was very exciting for our community group. Joan Simeon, representative of our Local Health Medical Trust, and Practice Manager of our community-owned Medical centre, thoroughly enjoyed the Gala Night and spoke highly of the opportunity to attend the event and learn of the excellent achievements of so many volunteers in our local communities. We greatly appreciated the opportunity to promote our area, and the achievements of the volunteers of the Local Health Medical Trust. Although Trust members have never expected thanks for the work they do, to be acknowledged in this way is greatly appreciated.”

Kerry Stirling
Secretary, Local Health Medical Trust
2015 Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award Winner


“In 2015 the team at Charles O’Neill Hostel was awarded the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care award at the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Winning a prestigious award such as this has confirmed to us all that we do a great job. The lift in morale has been amazing. Sometimes it’s just nice to be recognised, and our residents couldn’t be more proud. This award has been encouragement to the whole team to find ways to provide even better care to our residents and the prize money we received has allowed us to enhance our music therapy program which has been of great benefit to our residents. We found this experience to be incredibly rewarding and would encourage other organisations to nominate.”

Charles O'Neill Hostel - Catholic Healthcare
2015 Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award Winner


“Winning the Prime Regional Community Awards Category Over 15 Thousand was a hugely exciting award for Cancer Care Western NSW. Our organization has provided the largest dedicated accommodation for Cancer Patients at a cost of $ 5.4 million dollars- in Regional NSW, servicing a medical service catchment area of 280,000 people. We have just raised around $ 270,000 to support clinical cancer trials at Central west Cancer Centre. This project will also provide life enhancing support for cancer patients in the region. We also lobbied hard alongside other service providers to achieve radiotherapy services in Orange.

Our board consists of a small number of dedicated people who volunteer their time to achieve these results. Cancer Care Western NSW has spent 9 years working towards creating better outcomes for regional people. The award was an amazing achievement and the results have not only recognized our hard work over many years, but have provided and enduring recognition of the opportunity provided to us with the win. Continued reinforcement of our organization branding has been ongoing with our enduring link television product support over many weeks. The combined efforts of the sponsors created a forum in which we could be showcased and re-enact our work and showcase the real benefits of community and collaborative engagement.
The winning prize money has supported us in capturing and committing to a vignette of photos that will create an enduring legacy of our history, and those who have supported our work. This would not have been possible without that financial support to spend and invest in this great marketing tool, but also to provide a historical reference to the work and timelines achieved. This in itself will support other organizations to have a go at making a difference.

The night was a collective of inspirational people, a real testament to the people who have committed to making our country a better place. I have an organization in mind and other waiting to invest time in applying for this vital award opportunity. I would strongly recommend the benefits of engaging and investing time in applying for the award, the results are so worthwhile, Cancer Care Western NSW also now have a trophy on display at Western care lodge and a perpetual reminder to the guests, that country and region has worked well, it will empower others to do more for their region. Thank you so very much for a night of great networking opportunities.”

Cancer Care Western NSW
2015 Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award Winner