WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2016 Winners of the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards

2016 Winners with MC Noel Brunning, GWN7 NEws

 

Department of Regional Development Overall State Winner

Advance Packing - Fresh Produce Alliance of Manjimup turns waste produce into value added products for domestic and export market. FPA introduced the first High Pressure Processing machine and Cryowave cryogenic machine and have invested five million dollars to build a processing facility. They developed a healthy food range for the elderly and are developing a baby food range. FPA’s mission is to connect responsible agricultural production with innovative technology to produce naturally healthy, delicious food.

Director General at the Department of Regional Development, Ralph Addis presents Advanced Packing - Fresh Produce Alliance with the Department of Regional Development Overall State trophy

 

Community TAB Community Service Award

Andre Foulon of Manjimup has been Coordinator of the Manjimup Family Centre for 21 years. Starting with a small playgroup, the Centre now provides 20 services to support individuals, families and community groups. Andre has received awards for his Early Years child development groups and the Bands@Manjimup youth program, which builds resilience and self-esteem among youth experiencing mental health issues. Other initiatives include information technology workshops focusing on cyber bullying and the ‘World on a Plate’, cross-cultural community festival.

General Manager - Human Resources for Community TAB, Matthew Thomas presents Andre Foulon with the Community Service Award

 

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Wattle Hill Care of Bunbury is a not-for-profit retirement village and residential aged care facility with 100 staff and 62 residents. Activities include bus outings, live entertainment and concerts. They offer a flexible staff roster, Staff Incentive Program and internal and external staff training. They host an annual Quiz Night with funds raised going to Alzheimer’s Australia. They have raised $8,000 to purchase PARO, an advanced interactive therapeutic robot, designed to stimulate patients with Dementia.

Regional Manager – Health for Prime Super, Alisha Wilde presents Wattle Hill Care with the Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award 

 

Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

RoadWise Committee of Kimberley together with Main Roads Western Australia, launched the “Horns and Hooves on the Highway” road safety campaign. With 235 cattle strikes in the Kimberley during 2015, the campaign has a strong focus on educating road users and raising awareness of the risks. Bumper stickers, social media, local print and radio have spread their message. The RoadWise Committee is investing in safer roads, fencing and investigating possible speed limit reductions in high risk areas.

Deputy Chief Executive at the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Rick Howe presents RoadWise Committee - Kimberley with the Regional Safety Award
 

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Jade Warrington of Withers teaches at Newton Moore Senior High School. She was influential in developing the Engineering Specialist and Science Horizons extensions programs. Jade coordinated robotics and bridge building workshops and her students competed in the state finals of the 2016 Auercon Bridge Building competition. With a focus on renewable energy she implemented the STELR program winning the Australian Regional Education Award. Jade was invited to co-present at the Society for Provision of Education in Rural Australia conference.

Head of School – Education, at Curtin University, Associate Professor Lina Pelliccione presents Jade Warrington with the Teaching Excellence Award

 

Worldwide Printing Solutions Sports Award

Chelsea Randall of Newman is a three time All Australian, Women’s AFL player. She has been awarded the WA Women’s Football League Best and Fairest twice and was drafted 3rd overall as marquee player of the Adelaide Crows in the national league. Chelsea volunteers on AFL, netball and soccer committees and develops youth in umpiring and coaching roles. As East Pilbara Regional Manager for the Swans Districts Football Club, she delivers football programs for girls to play football in regional communities.

National Marketing Manager for Worldwide Printing Solutions, Deborah Van Wyk presents Chelsea Randall with the Sports Award

 

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Earbus Foundation of Western Australia reduces the incidence and impact of chronic ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in regional and remote areas. They deliver professional services to schools, kindergartens and women’s refuges. They fly 40,000km and drive 26,000km each year and treat 1,200 children at 22 locations in the Pilbara and Goldfields regions. Since 2014 Earbus Foundation has had substantial results in reducing the number of children with chronic ear disease and hearing loss.

WA Regional Manager for Prime Super, Radek Kotlarczyk presents Earbus Foundation of Western Australia with the Community Group of the Year Award

 

Indago Solutions Agricultural Innovation Award

Advance Packing - Fresh Produce Alliance of Manjimup turns waste produce into value added products for domestic and export market. FPA introduced the first High Pressure Processing machine and Cryowave cryogenic machine and have invested five million dollars to build a processing facility. They developed a healthy food range for the elderly and are developing a baby food range. FPA’s mission is to connect responsible agricultural production with innovative technology to produce naturally healthy, delicious food.

Director of Indago Solutions, Steve Meerwald presents Advanced Packing - Fresh Produce Alliance with the Agricultural Innovation Award 

 

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a not-for-profit group of 110 members, contributing to the sustainable and functional growth of the Onslow community. They create local employment, investment in town development and provide access to affordable goods and services. Onslow is booming, with over 30 billion dollars of investment in projects by Chevron and BHP Billiton. They have been instrumental in ensuring local business benefit from this unprecedented growth.

Sponsorships Manager at Hancock Prospecting, Marguerite Olivier presents Onslow Chamber of Commerce with the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

 

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award

Andrew Outhwaite of Geraldton is the founder of Pollinators, an innovative social enterprise facilitating learning programs to innovators, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses. Pollinators is the first co-working space in regional Australia offering five private offices and 20 co-working spaces, as well as digital training to not-for-profits and small businesses. Also provided is a catalyst training program and a mentoring program. Andrew is a Director of StartupWA, Bendigo Bank and Geraldton Airlines and facilitator of an “Increasing Consciousness” group.

General Manager Microgrids for Horizon Power, Craig Julian presents Andrew Outhwaite with the Leadership and Innovation Award

 

LandCorp Sustainability Award

Wheatbelt Integrity Group of Newdegate is addressing the reducing number of Wheatbelt farmers due to debt. They raise awareness of the high suicide rate in regional areas and promote the transition from a chemical farming system to a biological one. The long term benefits of changing technology will drastically reduce the costs for farmers and will restore soil health and reduce emissions. By promoting sustainable farming and sharing knowledge, Wheatbelt Integrity Group hopes to restore the Wheatbelt farming industry.

Executive General Manager of Business Development and Marketing at LandCorp, Kerry Fijac presents Wheatbelt Integrity Group with the Sustainability Award 

 

RAC Volunteering Award

Robert Reekie of Busselton founded Mates Men’s Support Group in 2003. 24 hour support is provided to men struggling with domestic violence, depression, anxiety and homelessness. Accommodation is provided for 120 men each year and Robert has supported 2,000 men through his weekly anger management program. “Mates” is supported by volunteers and Robert commits 70 hours weekly and raises $80,000 annually to keep the charity in operation. Robert provides free counselling, support and training to enable men to turn their lives around.

President of the RAC, Esme Bowen presents Robert Reekie with the Volunteering Award