WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2015 Finalists

Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

East Narrogin Primary School, implements a whole of school approach to embed drug, road safety and resilience education in their curriculum. Students created decorative road safety posters which were displayed at community events, boosting student’s confidence and creating awareness of the school’s road safety culture. Working with police, local government and the health sector, the school provides road safety support for teachers and parents, online resources and take-home information. Initiatives include “Road Aware Kids program”, for 4 to 15 year olds, Newsletter tips on pedestrian and road safety and an infant and child car restraint program.

Onslow Road Users Group, was formed in 2013 to implement road safety initiatives, improve road safety and reduce road trauma. They work with a coordinated and proactive approach to educate both workforces and communities in the Onslow Region. The Group present trucking and motorcycle safety talks to schools, and conduct community education campaigns for Aboriginal driver training. Successful funding resulted in local training in Child Car Restraint checking, installation and education to new parents. Driver education tools such as Fatal Vision Goggles and drink driving are delivering positive road safety outcomes to the Onslow region.

Toodyay Community Safety & Crime Prevention Association, formed in 2010 responding to the need for a local Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan. A RoadWise Committee was established to develop projects embracing safe roads, safe road use, safe speeds, and young driver education. Outcomes included speed limit reduction, extension of 40km zones and increased solar lighting in public areas to reduce crime. The RoadWise Committee organised a motorcycle safety event, a road safety quiz for Toodyay Youthcare and promoted the ‘Drink Driving is Never OK’ and “Driving Tired Can Kill” messages at local events.

Wundowie Progress Association, are providing safe recreational spaces for members of their community, both young and old. The Progress Association have installed an undercover BBQ area with tables, seats and picnic facilities, outdoor Gym equipment and the Shire has provided a Skate park. These areas are to be linked by a proposed pathway suitable for prams and wheelchairs, with educational road signs, as well as CCTV being installed throughout Wundowie. The annual Iron Festival is also run by Wundowie Progress Association, with profits used to extend their efforts and influence on road safety awareness.


Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award

Megan Henry of Wagin, recently published and released 'Always On My Mind', her rural memoir sharing themes of shearing, Indigenous History and mental health. Always On My Mind brings awareness to and reduces the stigma and silence associated with Anorexia, and Suicide. Megan volunteers her time to speak about rural mental health, travelling to remote communities and raises funds for The Butterfly Foundation and Suicide Prevention Australia. Megan believes passionately that by sharing her ten year battle against Anorexia and Suicide, she can impact on those that attend her sessions and show that recovery is possible.

Melody Birrell of Dardanup, shows outstanding leadership and innovation in Suicide Prevention research, awareness, training and community education. Melody spearheaded the Greater Bunbury suicide prevention strategy in 2012-2013. She established a suicide prevention network and a regional awareness campaign with over 80 local businesses taking up their own RUOK Day events. Melody works tirelessly to provide training to over 300 community and frontline staff and has presented posters and her community action plan to two Suicide Prevention conferences. She is now working collaboratively with WA Police to further enhance their Trauma Resilience training and education.

Richard Wells of Port Kennedy, became the inaugural Officer in Charge of Burringurrah Multi-functional Police Facility, 1,063kms north of Perth in Burringurrah Aboriginal Community. Richard learnt to adapt his thinking by looking at how indigenous children learnt about culture, heritage and the land. Using this knowledge, Richard led the “Boss of My Body” DVD project to address issues such as child abuse prevention, suicide, alcohol and drug prevention. Richard engaged a songwriter and producer to collaborate with the children, allowing them to express what they had learnt about respecting themselves, others and being “Boss of their Bodies".

LandCorp Sustainability Award

Carbon Neutral, has achieved global recognition with the first Australian carbon emissions reduction project to receive Gold Standard certification. The establishment of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor reconnects remnant vegetation for birds and animals to transition through the landscape. Carbon Neutral have successfully developed world class direct seeding techniques using endemic native seeds across 10,000 ha of degraded farmland. Habitat, food, shelter and nesting areas for rare and endangered species has been restored. The unique biodiverse environmental plantings has enriched the region with measurable and positive social, economic and environmental outcomes.

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder's vision is “To be a sustainable regional city of the future”. A cutting edge energy system at the Oasis Recreation Centre combines geothermal, solar thermal and solar PV technology, reducing natural gas consumption by 70%. The system saves $160,000 a year and reduces CO2 emissions by over 216 tonnes each year. The reticulation upgrade at the City's Administration Building saves approximately 2.5 million litres of water annually, resulting in a Water Corporation’s WaterWise Council accreditation. The School-to-Home Recycling Project provides Year 5 and 6 students recycling education and a 25Litre bin each for home recycling.

Katanning Land Conservation District Committee, has for 25 years worked with the community to improve the environmental and agricultural sustainability of the Katanning area. Achievements include more than 4 ½ million trees planted, 2000km of fencing erected, on-ground works to address salinity, erosion and habitat loss. Katanning Land Conservation Committee are well known for their active leadership in Landcare at local, state and national levels. Responding to an increased community desire to live more sustainably, the committee run year-round workshops and education events on home composting, keeping chooks and solar passive house design.

Moore Catchment Council of Moora, is a community driven not-for-profit organisation started in 1995 to maintain and improve the health of the Moore River environment. Committed to the conservation of endangered species such as the Malleefowl and Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo over 61,000 seedlings were planted to create additional birdlife habitat. Currently a block of remnant native vegetation is being conserved as a local asset where local Yued members are sharing Aboriginal knowledge of bush medicine plants and cultural stories of the site. To date 42 projects have been successfully completed to the value of $4.5 million.


Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Boddington Hospital Auxiliary
, over the last 15 years, has raised $500,000 worth of equipment for the Hospital from the running of the Boddington Op Shop. The Auxiliary in partnership with BHP Billiton have also created an Australian first with the introduction of CareAlert systems being free to all Seniors in the town of Boddington and surrounding areas. The Hospital Auxiliary purchases and installs the CareAlert’s and teach people how to use them. Worn around the neck, all Senior Residents have access to 24 hour emergency call-outs and assistance making for safer independent living.

Foodbank WA, commenced operations in 1994, and now has five regional distribution centres operating in Albany, Bunbury, Peel, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder. 90 volunteers contribute to Regional Foodbanks operations, performing tasks ranging from administration, driving trucks and sorting food. Last year, regional Foodbank’s provided the equivalent of 2.3 million meals. Foodbank WA runs Australia’s largest School Breakfast Program, supporting over 420 schools and 17,000 students state wide, with 248 schools located in regional and remote WA. The dedicated Regional Strategy unit delivered healthy eating, education and nutrition programs to 32 regional schools last year.

Ninitirri Centre of Tom Price, is a community based not-for-profit centre supporting communities from the Pilbara Region. With 35 staff across five key services, the Centre is passionate about improving the quality of life for people in remote communities through connection, collaboration and partnership. Services include Early Years Education and Care, the Tom Price Community Resource Centre, Nintirri Neighbourhood Centre, Family Violence and Prevention Service and the Community Health and Well Being Service. Nintirri Centre is a best practice example of how localised service delivery and solutions best support regional and remote communities.

South Hedland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, has provided fire and emergency services to the communities of South and Port Hedland since 1975. The brigade is one of the busiest brigades in the state with more than 300 calls each year being responded to 24/7. Many young people have been trained as operational firefighters. A third generation of families are now dedicating themselves to the brigade and the community. Volunteers give 50 to 100 hours of their time each year with some of them having provided in excess of 15 years’ service.


Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Dadaru of Wyndham
, is an Indigenous owned and operated Australian company. They deliver effective Aboriginal engagement and capability in marine, civil and mining projects to the oil, gas and mining industries in WA. Dadaru is the Aboriginal name for the Cockburn Ranges signifying local Aboriginal people’s connection to land and sea. Dadaru works collaboratively with community, industry and government to address specific skills shortages. They have developed a successful commercial and community participation model for Indigenous employment, training and retention. Dadaru have built a skilled, experienced and reliable workforce with over 70% being Aboriginal employees.

Magabala Books of Broome, is Australia's leading Indigenous publishing house and is Aboriginal owned and controlled. Magabala is respected nationally and internationally for its quality titles, its commitment to the development of Indigenous literary talent and the preservation of cultural heritage. Over 28 years Magabala Books has released more than one hundred and fifty titles from a range of genres, contributing to the richness of Australia’s cultural fabric. Magabala’s titles have received many prestigious literary awards including the Prime Ministers’ and various Premier’s awards. In 2013 Magabala Books established a philanthropic Indigenous Creator Scholarship Program, as a commitment to nurturing young and emerging Indigenous writers and illustrators.

Signswest of Karratha and Port Hedland, is a multi-award winning, full service Sign Company whose goal it is to produce high quality products - priced competitively and produced locally. Operating since 1997, Signswest has grown from a small home based business to now employing 10 local people working in the Karratha and Port Hedland workshops, servicing the wider Pilbara region. Keeping on top of new and innovative ideas and industry trends has been vital to success, such as unique custom paint and airbrush signage for cars and boats. Signswest provide local donations and sponsorships, giving back to their community.


Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Jacky Cheng of Broome
, is a visual arts lecturer at the Kimberley Training Institute and adapts her teaching style and programs to student needs. She moves art classes from hot classrooms to shady trees and engages Indigenous students by swapping knowledge about her Chinese heritage. Jacky also introduced the use of Facetime and Skype to communicate with remote students. 2013 VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year, Jacky delivers courses in remote indigenous communities. She assisted in the set up the Bidyadanga Art Centre, a self-funded centre providing sustainable income and jobs for the community.

Dr Sharon Ross of Northam, is Principal Lecturer at C.Y. O’Connor Institute. Her teaching practice focuses on involving and empowering students and building their new skills. Creating innovative modifications in delivering the New Opportunities for Women program, Sharon has been a key figure in enabling women in the Wheatbelt to return to study. She designed an online teaching toolkit to assist lecturers with vocational courses for remote students. Her e-learning strategies have enhanced access and participation for Indigenous, remote and disadvantaged learners struggling with literacy, numeracy and employability skills.

Suellen Kelly of Wooree, has been a veterinarian for 21 years. She lectures at Durack Institute of Technology and actively shares her knowledge to benefit the community. Suellen gives educational talks on animal health care to community groups such as adult riding groups, local pony clubs and animal shelter groups. She developed an Indigenous Community Animal Health Program. Suellen promotes Indigenous health by improving the health of their pets and fosters good relationships between Indigenous communities and local rangers. She was a finalist in the 2015 WA Training Awards and winner of the 2014 Durack Lecturing Excellence Award.


Worldwide Printing Solutions Sports Award

Adrian Dodson-Shaw of Broome
, is an award winning member of the Indigenous Marathon Project Squad. Adrian has run in the New York Marathon, Sydney City2Surf and the Gold Coast Half Marathon. He has been selected as one of only 45 runners for the 2015 North Pole Marathon and will be the first Aboriginal to participate. Adrian is a role model within his community, inspiring others to live a healthy lifestyle and encourages running as a way to do so. He is also the ambassador for the first IMF Warriors Father’s Day run, a project of the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.

Arthur William Hutchins of Busselton, has been the Head trainer of the Busselton Football club for over 40 years. With over 2,210 games under his belt, Arthur, or ‘Hutchy’, is often called to assist other clubs with their injured players. He is also President and a coach of the Bunbury Basketball Club and Association. In 1973, Arthur won the Dick Pettit Memorial Award as “clubman of the year”, and a Life Membership to the Magpies and the South-West Football League. He is also one of three Hall of Famers at the club.

Coby Green of Waterloo, has been playing hockey since he was four years old, making his first WA team in 2011, and then every state team since. As captain of the Australian team, Coby won Gold at an international tournament in Germany, making a total of two gold medals, two silver medals and the ‘Player of the Tournament’ award. Coby is extremely motivated, training every day, sacrificing time with family and friends. He has coached a junior hockey team, umpired for three years, and also travelling to Perth as a volunteer handing out free soup and bread to the homeless.

David Horsley of Northam, has been involved in State, National and International hockey and cricket since the 1950's. He currently represents WA in both sports and is active in administration, coaching and umpiring. David spent more than 25 years coaching junior hockey players in Bunbury and Kalgoorlie, including many going State representatives. David served two years as President of the Australian Branch of the 'International Fellowship of Cricketing Rotarians', and from 2010 to 2012 was World President. David is President of WA over 60s/70s cricket and will host the Australian over 60/70s Cricket Championships in Perth in 2016.


Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award

Cinefestoz of Busselton
, was launched in 2008 by a community-minded committee with a vision to develop an iconic cultural event to attract global visitors. CinéfestOZ showcases extraordinary Australian and French films over five days, with 18,000 attendees and an estimated six million dollars in tourist revenue last year. The festival offers a $100,000 Film Prize, awarded to an outstanding Australian film, the biggest film prize in Australia. Add to the mix the great food and wine on offer in the South West region, CinéfestOZ is the must-attend event of the year for filmmakers and film lovers. 

Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, began 30 years ago on an oval in Boyup Brook with 600 country music lovers. Held annually, it is the premier Country Music Festival in Western Australia, attracting upwards of 15,000 people. The Festival caters for all ages and demographics and features Concerts, a Ute and Truck Muster, a Carnival, Workshops and Art Exhibition. In a community of only 1,500, the Club is supported by 60 local organisations and over 250 volunteers. This community spirit enriched by the festival, fosters social cohesion, cultural identity and belonging. 

HMAS Sydney II Memorial in Geraldton, provides a focal point for the nation to remember and recognise the 645 service men who lost their lives in Australia’s largest maritime disaster. The Memorial precinct is based on a circular plan, symbolising totality, wholeness, infinity and eternity. Maintenance has been undertaken by the Rotary Club of Geraldton for the last 17 years and the Geraldton Voluntary Tour Guides Association runs a 30 minute daily walking tour. Last year, 14,000 visitors visited the Memorial and it is ranked number eight by Trip Advisor as Australia’s Top Ten Landmark. 

North Eastern Wheatbelt Tourism Association, was formed in 1995 by local community volunteers across nine communities wanting to increase the tourist numbers to their region. The development of the Wheatbelt Way Self Drive Trail aimed to increase tourist numbers and length of stay, thereby supporting local accommodation, restaurants, retail and service providers. Key investment was put into developing the Trail, upgrading community and tourist facilities, a free 50 page Trail Guidebook and audio CDs with dramatised stories to guide visitors on their four day journey.



2014 Finalists

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
• Camp Kulin 
• Patrick Green - Fitzroy Crossing
• Robyn Gulliver - Millars Well 

LandCorp Sustainability Award
• Ashoil - Tom Price 
• Durack Institute of Technology - Geraldton
• Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre - Kalgoorlie
• Karratha Enviro Group - Karratha

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Hands up 4 Kids Volunteers - Bunbury
• Miriwoong Language Nest Team - Kununurra 
• Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation - Kalgoorlie
• Rotary Sail into Life - Bunbury

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award
• B Visual Media - Kununurra
• Dadaru - Wyndham
• Leedal - The Fitzroy Crossing Trust
• Maxx Engineering - Wedgefield

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
• Hubertus Vink - Derby District High School
• Kendall Hill - Waggrakine Primary School
• Shona Andrews - C.Y.O'Connor Institute 

CSBP Environment Award
• Care for Hedland Environmental Association - Port Hedland
• Karratha Enviro Group - Karratha
• Moore Catchment Council
• South Coast Natural Resource Management - Albany

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
• Boyup Brook Country Music Festival 
 Cinefest Oz - Bussellton 
• Truffle Kerfuffle - Manjimup
• Koomal Dreaming - Dunsborough

Western Areas Community Service and Volunteering Award
• Adrian Egan - Bunbury
• Alison Comparti - Bunbury
• Harvey Community Radio 96.5FM


2013 Finalists

Department of Aboriginal Affairs Indigenous Service Award
• Follow the Dream Partnerships for Success - Esperance Senior High School
• Honouring Indigenous War Graves
• The City of Greater Geraldton

LandCorp Sustainability Award
• Fairview Green Team - Collie
• Geographe Catchment Council - Busselton
• Men of the Trees - Peel

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
• Merrilyn Jones and the staff of North Dandalup Primary School
• Robert Carter- Northam
• Carlene Smith - Broome

Keystart Home Loans Primary Producer of the Year Award
• Dandaragan Organic Beef
• The Albany Farmers Market
• Barry Green - Donnybrook
• David Leyland - Beechina

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
• Bunbury Respect Inc
• Patrick Green - Fitzroy Crossing
• Jimmy O’Rourke - Bunbury

Prime Super Community of the Year Award
• Geraldton Dog Rescue Inc
• Jerramungup Community
• Seniors Recreation Council - Peel Branch
• The Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation - Kalgoorlie

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
• Avon Valley Gourmet Food & Wine Festival
• Event Assist Inc - Mandurah
• Busselton Festival of Triathlon

CSBP Environment Award
• Eyre Bird Observatory - Cocklebiddy
• Roebuck Bay Working Group - Broome
• North Dandalup Primary School

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award
• Bright Stars Family Day Care - Geraldton
• MG Corporation & Leighton Contractors - Kununurra
• REFAP Pty Ltd - Karratha

Department of Local Government and Communities - Community Group of the Year Award
• Alternatives to Violence Project Kimberley
• Chefs Long Table Lunch Inc - Bunbury
• Go Narembeen Progress Association Inc
• Saving Animals From Euthanasia (SAFE) - Karratha

2012 Finalists

LandCorp Sustainability Award
• Eyre Bird Observatory
• Moora-Miling Pasture Improvement Group
• North Dandalup Primary School

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
• Choose Respect Bunbury
• Rural Community Support Service

Rinehart Family Volunteering Award
• Wayne Clarke
• Sue Hedley 

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award 
• Vicki Thompson
• Hayley Holland 

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• The Soup Kitchen
• Growing Towards Wellness Pty Ltd

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
• Toodyay Moondyne Festival Committee
• Nameless Festival Organising Committee

CSBP Environment Award
• Kimberley Toad Busters Inc.
• Roebuck Bay Working Group

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
• Muway Constructions
• Goldfields Indigenous Housing Organisation
• Honouring Indigenous War Graves Inc.

Country Housing Authority Primary Producer of the Year Award
• Dandaragan Organic Beef
• Nick and Jane Trethowan

2011 Finalists

Business Enterprise Award 
• D & R Machining
• The Williams Woolshed

Community Group of the Year Award
• Dandaragan Fundraisers
• Mandurah Offshore Fishing Club Youth Maritime Project
• The Kununurra Community Library and Kimberley Writers Festival Committee

Environment Award

• Merle Bennett
• Men of the Trees - Peel
• Shire of Collie

Indigenous Service Award
• Albany Heritage Reference Group Aboriginal Corporation Inc

• City of Greater Geraldton - Reconciliation Committee
• Karalundi Aboriginal Education Community Inc

Leadership and Innovation Award
• Rural Community Support Service

• Shire of Moora
• Youth Involvement Council

Local Government Best Practice Award
• Denmark Youth Centre

• Shire of Plantagenet

Sustainability Award
• 4WD and Lakes

• Friends of the Cape to Cape Track Inc

Teaching Excellence Award
• Sarah Stone

• James Paxman

Volunteering Award
• Samantha Connor

• John Matten

2010 Finalists

CSBP Environment Award
• Esperance Regional Forum Inc

• Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
• Athena Hain-Saunders

• Suzanne Mitchell
• Amanda Silvester

Department for Communities Community of the Year Award
• Karratha Community House Inc

• Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
• Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku

• YMCA Perth - Swim for Life (Hedland Program)

Department of Local Government Local Government Best Practice Award
• Shire of Dalwallinu

• Shire of Mullewa

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
• Sarah Brett

• Rob Prestage

LandCorp Sustainability Award
• Durack Institute of Technology

• Green Skills Inc

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Fix My Ride - Mt Magnet

• Foodbank South West
• Volunteering WA: Better Connections in Corrigin, Jurien Bay and Koorda

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
• D & R Machining

• Piacentini & Son Pty Ltd

Water Corporation Water Conservation Award
• Durack Institute of Technology

• Shire of Cranbrook


2009 Finalists

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
• Ahead of Time Hair and Beauty Spa

• Sweeter Banana Co-Operative

Australia Post Community of the Year Award
• South West Animal Rescue Inc

• Youth Focus Inc

CSBP Environment Award
• Esperance Regional Forum Inc

• Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
• Avon Catchment Council Inc
• Indigenous Sport Program, Eastern Goldfields YMCA

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
• Robert Reekie

• Christopher Shedley PHD

Department of Local Government Local Government Best Practice Award
• City of Mandurah - Surfing Together Project

• Shire of Carnarvon

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
• Narelle Brook

• Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club Inc - Youth Maritime Project

LandCorp Sustainability Award
• Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

• The Carnarvon "Fruit Loops"

Water Corporation Water Conservation Award
• Dean Morgan

• Greenbushes Primary School

2008 Finalists

Australia Post Youth Leadership Award
• Sarah Stanley

• Bands@Manjimup
• Liam Turner

CSBP Water Conservation Award
• Geraldton Grammar School

• Shire of Mingenew
• Shire of Merredin

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
• Damian Dixon

• Sarah Stanley
• Jane Hyden Progress Association
• Andrew Eyden

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
• Wamba Nilgee Burru Ngardu Aboriginal Corporation - Derby's Men's Centre

• Youth N Motion (City of Geraldton)
• Kevin and Rose Davis
• Annette Hanson

DLGRD Local Government Best Practice Award
• Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

• Morawa Education Alliance
• Shires of Mingenew and Three Springs

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
• Andrew Eyden

• Fairbridge Western Australia Inc
• Robert Reekie
• Lex Fullarton

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award
• The Chefs Long Table Lunch Inc

• Balingup Progress Association
• Foodbank Geraldton

LandCorp Environmental Sustainability Award
• Best Farms Enviromental Management Systems
• LandCorp Environmental Sustainability Award Solex Carnarvon Solar Farm
• Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
• Carr Civil Contracting P/L

• Hotweld Fabrication
• Smart Burn Pty ltd
• Sweeter Banana Co-Operative Pty

2007 Finalists

Australia Post Youth Leadership Award
• Youth Involvement Council Inc.

• Halls Creek Youth Services
• Eyes Wide Open Project

CSBP Environment and Sustainability Award
• Care for Hedland Environmental Association Inc.

• Clive Malcolm
• BestFarms Environmental Management System

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
• SOS Supporting our Seniors & Disabled Inc

• Elizabeth Parker

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award
• Kimberley Toad Busters Inc.

• Boyup Brook Telecentre Inc.

Racing and Wagering Western Australia Events and Tourism Award
• Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival

• Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
• Smart Burn Pty Ltd

• Willie Creek Pearls