WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2014 Winners of the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards

2014 Winners with Mr Ralph Addis, Director General, Department of Regional Development.

 

Overall Winner - The Department Of Regional Development State Winner

Ashoil of Tom Price, collects waste cooking oil from mining camps throughout the Pilbara region and converts it into biodiesel. This directly offsets diesel usage and is the equivalent of removing 100 cars from the road annually. Ashoil is an indigenously owned organisation that works as a training vehicle for Indigenous people who wish to enter the resource sector. 60 people have been trained along with a number of high school students in an effort to improve school attendance.

Ralph Addis with Stuart Gunzburg, after announcing Ashoil as the Overall State Winner for the 2014 Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

 

Western Area Community Service and Volunteering Award
Alison Comparti of Bunbury, has worked tirelessly for 29 years in the community across a diversity of sectors. Some of Alison’s current roles include Chairperson of South West Refuge Inc, Director of the South West Medicare Local Alliance, Ministerial Appointee of Regional Development South West, and Deputy Chair of Morrissey Homestead. Alison spends much of her time in these various roles, most of which are in a voluntary capacity, but continues to identify needs of the community and establish solutions. Alison’s philosophy is to lead by example and to help develop the skills of others.

Dan Lougher, CEO of Western Areas Ltd, presents Alison Comparti with the Community Service & Volunteering Award.

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
Patrick Green of Fitzroy Crossing, is a Bunuba man and a driving force for economic development. He is Chairman of the Fitzroy Crossing Trust which is owned by six Aboriginal communities in the Fitzroy Valley. The Trust operates the Fitzroy River Lodge, the Tarunda IGA Supermarket and the Post Office. Patrick is also Chairman of the Yapawarnti Fund, Marra Worra Worra Resource Agency and is a member of the Aboriginal Lands Trust and the Board of Kimberley Mining Services.

Frank Tudor, Managing Director of Horizon Power, with Leadership and Innovation Award winner Patrick Green.

LandCorp Sustainability Award
Ashoil of Tom Price, collects waste cooking oil from mining camps throughout the Pilbara region and converts it into biodiesel. This directly offsets diesel usage and is the equivalent of removing 100 cars from the road annually. Ashoil is an indigenously owned organisation that works as a training vehicle for Indigenous people who wish to enter the resource sector. 60 people have been trained along with a number of high school students in an effort to improve school attendance.

Frank Marra, Chief Executive Officer of LandCorp, presents Stuart Gunzburg of Ashoil with the Sustainability Award.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation of Kalgoorlie, has supported the Tjuntjuntjara community to significantly improve their health, by implementing the Community Nutrition Policy 17 years ago. The policy involves restricting the availability of junk food to children, regular health checks at school, a breakfast program and a Good Tucker Club. The community now has a higher rate of fruit and vegetable consumption, improved overall health, and a 10% decrease in BMI compared with mainstream Australia.

Lachlan Bird, Chief Executive Officer of Prime Super, with Ric West of Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation, winner of the Community Group of the Year Award.

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award
Leedal - The Fitzroy Crossing Trust, operates a number of Fitzroy Crossing businesses, making it one of the most successful Aboriginal businesses in Australia. With net assets in excess of $7 million dollars, Leedal’s focus is to increase Indigenous employment and to develop an economic base for the region. Leedal reinvests profits back into the business to further benefit the community. They have also developed the Yapawarnti Fund for local youth, and plans to address the residential housing shortage are underway.

Marguerite Olivier, Sponsorships Assistant Manager at Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd, presents Patrick Green and John Rodrigues from Leedal Pty Ltd.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
Kendall Hill of Waggrakine Primary School, has been instrumental in fostering and enabling communication between students, parents and teachers. Kendall introduced one page interim school reports that provide early feedback for students and parents and established an active class blog for parents to be engaged in what is happening in the classroom. Kendall assists students with afterschool sports and has also instigated a Global Ed Project and a buddy class program whilst finding time to further her own learning.

Kendall Hill was announced as Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award by Associate Professor Lina Pelliccione, Head of School of Education at Curtin University.

CSBP Environment Award
Karratha Enviro Group, has been running for two years and is the first environmental group to form in Karratha. Initiatives have included creating the Karratha Community Garden, the ‘Consumed’ Recycled Art Awards, invasive flora clearance and Plastic Bag Free Karratha. They have received funding from a variety of supporters and have a strong presence and support base in the community. Living the ‘Act Local, Think Global’ philosophy, Karratha Enviro Group have shown that you can live an environmentally conscious lifestyle in the Pilbara.

Trevor Naughton, Environmental & Laboratory Services Manager for CSBP, presents Robyn Gulliver of Karratha Enviro Group as winner of the Environment Award.

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
Cinefest Oz of Busselton, is Western Australia’s premiere film festival, attracting culturally engaged visitors from all over Australia and overseas. The Festival features a diverse range of Australian and French films and related events in the region’s cinemas, wineries, bars and galleries. Since it began in 2008, CinefestOZ has grown on average 30% each year with 15,000 people attending last year. 200 public screenings were held for 2014 along with many film related events including forums with filmmakers, red carpet gala nights and filmmaking workshops.

Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs & Organisation Development at Perth Airport, with David Barton from CinefestOz.

 

2013 Winners 

Department of Local Government and Communities Community Group of the Year Award
Go Narembeen Progress Association
, 
opened an interactive, modern agricultural discovery centre in April 2012. The Narembeen Grain Discovery Centre tells the important story of the grain industry from paddock to plate. A cropping program was also completed with 220 hectares of wheat planted with machinery and labour donated by the local farmers. All profits from the cropping have gone back into the community.

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award
REFAP of Karratha, provides sustainable jobs in the resources sector for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Real Employment For Aboriginal People began its journey in 2010 from a cyclone store room with Triscilla Holborow using a second hand laptop. Three years on, the company has 18 full time employees and major clients include Rio Tinto. REFAP provides transport to work for employees, on the job training, and job sharing for working parents.

Department of Aboriginal Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Honouring Indigenous War Graves, is a non-profit organisation that recognises the war service of Indigenous Veterans throughout Australia. They provide an opportunity for family members of passed veterans to be able to participate in a belated ceremony to honour their loved ones. Honouring Indigenous War Graves has placed nearly 140 headstones across WA, together with a ceremony of recognition for families.

Keystart Home Loans Primary Producer of the Year Award
Dandaragan Organic Beef, is a family business which has been supplying numerous butchers in Perth and regional WA for the past 13 years. Using organic farming principles and grazing methods that mimic those of wild herding animals, Dandaragan Organic Beef farms for the future. They are also involved in planting trees, using solar pumps for water systems and soil carbon research. Their land comprises 2,800 acres with 1,800 head of cattle.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
Robert Carter of Northam, is the Course Coordinator of Wool Classing at C Y O’Connor Institute. Robert established wool classing training in 2007 which now forms 12% of all Institute training. His students learn wool harvesting on a farm which has a direct positive contribution to the farming economy. Robert’s students have demonstrated outstanding successes, collecting numerous individual awards. Robert also serves on a number of professional associations at state and national level.

CSBP Environment Award
Roebuck Bay Working Group of Broome, has been addressing community behaviour and impact on the local environment since 2004. The group has rolled out three holistic, collaborative projects: Keep Our Bay Clean, Gardening the Roebuck Bay Friendly Way, and National Science Week events. Drain Stencilling with a local primary school resulted in students cleaning up 83 kilos of rubbish from drains surrounding their school.

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
Busselton Festival of Triathlon, comprises a series of three day events culminating in the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. In the lead up to the festival, professional athletes come from all over the country and impart their knowledge to local coaches, schools and triathletes. Numerous activities for the community include a retail expo, charity breakfast and a kids triathlon, with more then 300 children participating. The festival brings 15,000 tourist to the area.

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award
Jimmy O'Rourke of Bunbury, is the Founder and Director of Growing Towards Wellness, a not-for-profit, recovery focused service provider. Since 2006, Jimmy has contributed his energy and personal resources to support more than 450 people living with, or recovering from mental illness. His work in three regional psychiatric hospitals enables and supports voluntary in-patients and out-patients to find a pathway back into the community, post hospital release.

LandCorp Sustainability Award
Geographe Catchment Council of Busselton, has experienced a rapid increase in urbanisation. The Catchment Council has subsequently implemented a range of projects. These include rehabilitating degraded drains, retrofitting constructed wetlands, treatment of storm water prior to discharge to wetlands and rain gardens. 60 local children planted over 1,000 native plants of the 20,000 planted to re-vegetate constructed wetland sites

Prime Super Community of the Year Award
Seniors Recreation Council - Peel Branch, is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation established in 2002. They provide a range of activities for seniors to enhance physical, mental and social well being. The Branch committee manages the business and 20 volunteers are involved in the delivery of activities and programs. Healthy Ageing Through Activity is the ethos of the Seniors Recreation Council.

State Winner - Department of Regional Development Regional Achievement and Community Award
Busselton Festival of Triathlon

  

2012 Winners

Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award
Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival,
 is an annual event run solely by volunteers. The festival promotes and showcases the horticultural, aquacultural and agricultural industries of the region. Attracting in excess of 5,000 people for the day, the Family Concert and The Long Table Lunch continue to grow in popularity. Activities, food, wine and entertainment abound and accommodation fills to capacity.

Country Housing Authority Primary Producer of the Year Award
Anna-Lisa Newman o
f Varley, left a background of healthcare for a career with her husband on their broadacre wheat and sheep farm. Their cropping enterprise has grown from 3,400 hectares to over 6,000 and they have over 4,500 head of sheep. Anna-Lisa is involved in numerous Agricultural activities and organisations and in 2009 founded Women in Farming Enterprises and co-ordinated their first bi-annual Women in Farm Business Seminar.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
Barbara Sing of
 Derby, was a geologist before becoming a Science Specialist Teacher. She has instigated many science and environmental initiatives and projects at Derby District High School with the school becoming a finalist in the 2009 UN World Environment Day Awards. She is active in curriculum development and also broader community environmental education and sustainability. Barbara also played a major role in starting the "Derby Bushrangers".

LandCorp Sustainability Award
The Newton-Wordsworth Family
 of Williams, use bio-dynamic farming methods on their farm 'Boraining'. They grow high quality produce without the 'aid' of artificial fertilisers, chemicals or hormones. They also support and educate others in bio-dynamic and organic farming and are involved with numerous agricultural and biodynamic organisations. They have a monthly newspaper column and are developing a health and healing centre and their own raw milk Jersey Dairy.

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Goolarri Media Enterprises 
of Broome, was established in 1996 as an arm of the Broome Aboriginal Media Association. It has grown into a multi-dimensional communications organisation operating a community radio station, regional television station and a Production House. Goolarri supports emerging Indigenous musicians, creating capacity building and leadership programs. Their aim is to enable Indigenous youth, with 'Wings to Fly'.

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
Eddie Bear 
of Derby, is a man of high integrity, commitment and understanding. For many years he has led the Mowanjum Community as Chairperson, Senior Councillor and Elder. Eddie has been the leader in developing an alcohol strategy and the enforcement of alcohol by-laws. He rallied community members and door knocked every house to explain the new laws. He is also involved in increasing local job prospects and works with families to keep kids in school.

Rinehart Family Volunteering Award
Marie Kelly
 of Manjimup, is 72 and has fostered 22 young children, many of whom are Indigenous. Raising five children of her own, Marie knows the importance of providing young foster children with support, love and a positive environment. Marie has seen her foster children grow from babies to adulthood, and has attended their births, weddings and funerals. Marie still has two children in her care and plays an active voluntary role for the local football league.

CSBP Environment Award
South West Catchments Council 
of Bunbury, has embarked on a collaborative integrated project to address the multiple pressures on the ecosystem. The Council works with landholders undertaking on ground works and also with the broader community and Perth Zoo on a world first frog breeding program. The project has already yielded outstanding results towards reversing the declining ecology of the Lower Blackwood catchment.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Butterly Cottages Association
 of Toodyay, started as an Op Shop in 1976, raising money to build housing units for the elderly in need. Built on land donated to the Shire by Mrs Butterly, the first three units were constructed in 1981. Today there are 12 units, with more in the planning for those on the waiting list. The Association is run totally by volunteers who are on call 24/7, and all funds are raised by the volunteers and the community.

Department of Regional Development and Lands Regional Achievement and Community Award
Goolarri Media Enterprises

 

2011 Winners

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
Australian Eco Constructions of Broome
, is an industry leader in building quality, sustainable living systems and work places for Australia's North West. They strive to create innovative, cost-efficient, quality construction solutions for residential, commercial and tourism projects. With 16 dedicated staff members they have a passion for building environmentally sustainable architectures. AEC are also involved in empowering Indigenous Youth through their Indigenous building company Muway Constructions and the Muway Foundation.

Department of Local Government - Local Government Best Practice Award
Shire of Ashburton
 created the Onslow Community Garden and coordinates its maintenance. The Garden, built next to the school grounds by volunteers and the local work start program, encourages togetherness and celebrates community spirit. The TAFE, school and community groups all actively support the Garden and busy bees often see 40-50 volunteers attend. The garden is used for festivals, markets and events and is a unique setting that encourages healthy active lifestyles. Numerous programs have been established to compliment the Garden.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
Athena Hain-Saunders of Bunbury
, has been a teacher at Newton Moore Senior High School for the past six years. In this time she has earned many accolades for her teaching methods in science. These include being named W.A and Australian Innovative Teacher, 2010. Her passion lies in teaching students how to carry out 'Real Science' using innovative strategies. Her students take part in many International Conferences to present their scientific findings to other teachers and students from around the world.

LandCorp Sustainability Award
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group
, has been conserving the local environment for 39 years. It is the area's leading not for profit environmental organisation with a focus on public awareness, education and action projects. The aim is to rehabilitate and enhance the environment whilst fostering community spirit and environmental education. Community programs include a Junior Landcare Education Program, Tree Planting Day, Waterwise Garden Competition, Recycle Week and a bi-monthly native plant group.

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Magabala Books of Broome, is the Indigenous publishing house. Since incorporation in 1990, they have steadily positioned themselves as one of the country's most respected small publishing houses. They operate as a not-for-profit community organisation and are dedicated to preserving indigenous culture and tradition through books. Magabala Books support young indigenous writers and illustrators and hold regular workshops. They currently have 100 titles on their publishing list and have won numerous Awards.

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
Gavin Treasure of Morawa, joined the Shire of Morawa as CEO in 2004. He has used his experience and leadership to drive and ultimately establish a creative and innovative business, transforming the Shire. Gavin has delivered in excess of $55 million in new project investment benefits into the community. These include a new hospital, child care centre, broadband capability and education improvements. He has also built strong mining partnerships that have also delivered millions of dollars in benefits.

CSBP Environment Award
Avon Valley Environmental Society, take up local environmental challenges, research solutions, source funding and apply effective and efficient remediation. The volunteers have been involved in developing and upgrading walking tracks, a solar power co-operative, a proposal for a cultural centre and commissioning a biological baseline study into water quality in the Northam pool. The Society continues to initiate new projects and is dedicated to reducing environmental impacts.

Rinehart Family Volunteering Award
Community Assisted Transport Services
 of Narrogin, has been operating since 2007. Volunteer drivers transport patients who lack transportation to out of town non emergency medical doctors and specialist appointments. The vehicle transports patients four days a week and is operated and coordinated by volunteers of the Narrogin and District Senior Citizens Centre. Starting with 32 trips in 2007, the vehicle completed 81 trips in the first 6 months of 2011.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Goldfields Aged Pensioners Welfare Association of Kalgoorlie
, has been financially assisting local aged pensioners since 1954. The committee has raised and spent $2,000,000 including annual subsidies for firewood, gas and electricity. The Association funded a Goldfields Pensioners Lodge in 1957. With the sale of the old lodge along with donations by the Association totalling $810,000 a new lodge with 40 rooms, a Nursing Home with 45 rooms, two villages of 10 double units and 21 single units have been built.

Department of Regional Development and Lands Regional Achievement and Community Award
Australian Eco Constructions

 

2010 Winners

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory of Willyabrup
, manufactures and retails over 200 high quality Australian made natural extra virgin olive oil soap and skin care products. They also produce and retail under the "Vasse Virgin" label - olive oils, table olives and olive oil based condiments, tapenades and infused olive oils. Most of the products are manufactured on site within full view of customers. Operations now encompass mail order, online, wholesale and export sales. A range of private labels are also produced for other on-sellers.

Department of Local Government - Local Government Best Practice Award
Morawa Education Alliance
 formed in 2006, offering a unique education and training environment. The Alliance is a partnership between the Shire of Morawa, Morawa District High School, WA College of Agriculture - Morawa, and Durack Institute of Technology. The aim has been to establish and maintain an education and training industry renowned for high quality, customer focused education and training. The MEA works by the theory of 'thinking outside the square' and has fast become an outstanding education service provider.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award
Allan Whittome of Badgingarra
, has the ability to spark a child's imagination. Science lessons are engaging, hands-on and constantly evolving. Allan is involved in curriculum development at local, state and national level and has attended numerous presentations and conferences. He has entered his students in many competitions including being the first Primary School to enter the Formula One in Schools Innovation Challenge in 2008, with the school recently winning 4 sections in the State Formula One Technology Challenge.

LandCorp Sustainability Award
Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management 
of Northam, protects the threatened Avon region ecosystem. Fifteen Wheatbelt NRM staff in collaboration with WWF, DEC and Greening Australia, have over the past 5 years instigated significant community volunteer activities to manage priority ecosystems to ensure their survival. Incentive programs have encouraged agricultural farmers to take a leading role in soil health programs, revegetation with native trees, salinity management and protection of biodiversity in a region nearly 12 million hectares.

Water Corporation Water Conservation Award
Shire of Brookton
, received a Community Water Grant in 2007 for an ambitious water management project to integrate harvested stormwater run-off with wastewater re-use. The Shire now has a sustainable, non-potable supply for use on parks, sporting facilities and school grounds. Dependence on the water supply from the Water Corporation has been reduced, saving in excess of $40,000 per annum. The project has effectively drought proofed Brookton, producing around 73,000 kilolitres of recycled water per year, far exceeding current needs.

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation
, aims to reduce the rate of Indigenous contact with the Criminal Justice System. The Corporation assists with early resolution of legal problems and partnership arrangements with government and non-government bodies. There is a focus towards Indigenous women's leadership, safety and economic status and support for young offenders. Night Outreach Services including case management and advocacy of youth is also a priority.

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
Robert Reekie of Vasse
, gives his time and leadership freely to the communities of The Greater South-West to combat domestic violence. He developed an Anger Management program with 24 hour support which has had a huge impact on Domestic Violence. As founder of Mates Men's Support Group in 2003, he volunteers an average of 60 hours a week. Other contributions include starting The Hub, for at-risk disengaged youth as well as youth mentoring programs which serve to help regain and sustain the family unit. Robert also serves as a volunteer with other organisations.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Alive and Kicking Goals of Broome
, is a Kimberley project working to address the growing suicide epidemic amongst Aboriginal young people. It is the only Aboriginal managed, peer-education project which tackles youth suicide through a football club. The project focuses on esteem building using young Aboriginal men, most of whom have experienced firsthand the effects of suicide, to promote change in Aboriginal Communities. They are trained in leadership and suicide prevention, with the skills to identify suicide risk and strategies to combat it within a culturally appropriate environment.

CSBP Environment Award
Doctor Sarah Brett of Kununurra
, has for the past 18 years worked towards increasing public awareness and education about the decline of wildlife species in their natural habitat and the rise in the numbers of sick and injured native species. Sarah is a Vet and is also Chairperson of Kimberley Wildlife Rescue, a non for profit group with a network of 50 plus wildlife carer volunteers who look after sick and injured wildlife and prepare them for release back into their natural habitat. Sarah receives wildlife from the Kimberley, Broome, Halls Creek and as far as NT.

Department for Communities - Community of the Year Award
Gelorup Community Management Committee
, plays a vital roll in the management of the communities requirements and activities. Gelorup is semi residential with a population of around 2,000 consisting largely of young families. The Committee has been instrumental in developing the Gelorup Community Centre, Playgroup and Community Playground, BMX Track, Skate Park, Monthly Markets and Newsletter, Voluntary Fire Brigade Shed, Running the Brook Boat Races, Wellness Group, Book Club and Voluntary Library.

Department of Regional Development and Lands Regional Achievement and Community Award
Wheatbelt Natural Resources Management 

 

2009 Winners

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
SmartBurn Pty Ltd of Gelorup, invented the totally unique SmartBurn device that reduces smoke emissions by up 50% from domestic wood heaters. This low emission innovative technology improves the combustion processes in a wood fire, enabling the fire to burn up to 17% hotter. With the SmartBurn product, 61,000 householders have prevented an estimated 894 tonnes of smoke emissions from entering the atmosphere. The company's objective is to prevent 1000 tonnes by 2010. 701 retail outlets Australia-Wide promote SmartBurn direct to the public.

Department of Local Government - Local Government Best Practice Award
Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley - Kununurra Youth Centre, was introduced to address indigenous youth disadvantage in the East Kimberley. A tripartite Youth Service Network also supported by Halls Creek Shire and the State and Federal Government has been implemented. The network creates hubs of services and infrastructure in Kununurra and Halls Creek, supporting community based youth workers and activities. The network works with communities and service providers to develop a long term vision and plan for youth development.

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
Janice Crosby of Bunbury, is a member of the National Seniors Australia Bunbury Branch and Secretary of the Regional Zone. She also started and is President of Bunbury Seniors Computer Club. The Computer Club has tutored over 5,000 seniors in technology based systems with three, two hour classes held five days each week. She is also a strong advocate and liaison within Government Agencies. Janice set up a Zenith Health Exercise Programme for Seniors in 2003 and is a life member of the Bunbury Society of Artists.

LandCorp Sustainability Award
Lake Monjingup Development Community Group, oversees the development and maintenance of the parkland and wetlands on behalf of the Shire of Esperance. Much has been accomplished through the extraordinary volunteer labour by the LMDCG, 'Friends of Monji' group, local schools, Scouts, RSL and other groups. Work includes rehabilitation of degraded areas, weed and pest control, boardwalks, environment centre and picnic facilities. Native flora gardens, living melaleuca maze and a giant chess set have also been established.

Water Corporation Water Conservation Award
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, recently developed a computerised process control system which enables staff to manage, monitor and distribute their treated wastewater extremely effectively and efficiently to storage facilities and irrigation sites. This has made possible the development of new community facilities and the on-sale of excess water for construction and mining purposes. The city has in the past 12 months achieved 100% re-use of water and on-sold in excess of 1 gigalitre, bringing over $900,000 in revenue to the city.

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Eugene Eades of Albany, is employed by Greening Australia as the South Coast Caring for Country Project Officer for Gondwana Link, one of the most ambitious ecological projects in Australia. Eugene provides cultural awareness training and mentoring for project officers and other NRM staff as well as educational institutions and the broader community. He is an integral link between the Noongar community and NRM staff. Eugene is responsible for managing the partnerships with traditional owners and custodianship and coordinates cultural mapping of properties.

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
Terrence Winner of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, has spearheaded many community projects and initiatives including Life Skills Development programs, mentoring, Leadership Development, Fathers' Playgroups and numerous regional expos. Terrence is the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Goldfields YMCA. He is very passionate about a range of issues including youth empowerment, equal rights, parental rights of fathers, racism and regional sustainability and has been invited to speak both locally and across the state on numerous occasions.

CSBP Environment Award
Busselton Community Garden Incorporated was started in 2005 by a group of like minded residents on formerly disused land on the Vasse River. A self sustainable eco-house showcasing best practise 'green' building design and fitted out with an aquaponic system has been added. A composting toilet, hens and bees and a windmill for water transfer from the bore to rainwater tanks are features. All available garden plots have been leased and an eco-café, from which the gardens produce will be served, will be added soon.

Australia Post Community of the Year Award
Peel and Rockingham Volunteer Resource Centre of Mandurah, assists community organisations by referring potential volunteers. The service has grown to include provision of information, support and training. In the past 12 months the centre referred 783 people to a variety of positions. The Centre coordinates a home visiting program for aged people who are socially isolated. Phone hook up chats are also organised. The Centre also runs a range of workshops and other programs and is working to link young volunteers with young people with disabilities.

 

2008 Winners

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
Hotweld Fabrication of Bunbury, was started by 22 year old apprentice Rick Casagrande with a loan of $40,000 and lots of enthusiasm. In 5 years Hotweld has grown phenomenally from 2 staff to 13, all with access to the highest quality tools and machinery. Hotweld is a leading South West quality steel fabrication and construction contractor and has won a number of Awards for their quality work. A new purpose built workshop is being constructed and a fully mobile workshop provides on site repairs, maintenance and installation for clients. Rick recently paid for a Bali holiday for all staff and partners as a thank you for their contribution to the success of the business.

Department of Local Government and Regional Development Local Goverrnment Best Practice Award
Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, is focused on sustainable water solutions through treatment and recycling systems, retrofitting grey water reuse in caravan parks, recycling water from a wastewater treatment plant to irrigate public parks, schools and sporting facilities, waterless urinals, and working with developers to plan village scale water collection and construction of a rain garden biofiltration system to treat stormwater runoff from the CBD. The Shire has also implemented a Youth Bursary Concept providing a 12 month scholarship to an outstanding year 12 graduating student who has a focus on community development and intentions to undertake tertiary studies and who is willing to undertake gap year employment with the Shire.

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
Damian Dixon of Donnybrook, has been a member of the RSL for 31 years and President for 20. He is also Senior Advocate and Pension’s Officer, represents veterans at the Veterans Review Board, is on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, State Veterans Affairs Committee, State Executive and is Convener of the Younger Veterans Support Group. Damian travels over 28,000 km each year often at his own expense. He started the Donnybrook Men in Sheds in his backyard 10 years ago which has grown into three sheds. He is a committee member of the Donnybrook Country Club, President of the Bowls and midweek captain and a member of the Donnybrook Health and Community Care Advisory Group and numerous other committees.

LandCorp Environmental Sustainability Award
BestFarms Environmental Management Systems of Boyup Brook, provides profitable and sustainable management of environmental issues for rural properties. They have helped over 250 farmers and landholders develop farm action plans to address and monitor environmental impacts. The system raises the participant’s awareness of regional issues, and provides a tool for farm planning and environmental stewardship. One to one facilitation and access to an extensive network of community members and landcare professionals and regular workshops and field days and a monitoring equipment kit ensure minimising environmental impacts.

Australia Post Youth Leadership Awards
Sarah Stanley of Collie, was the driving force behind the Triple J One Night Stand concert being held in Collie and organised the collaboration and coordination of service organisations as well as the Shire, Stones Throw and individual volunteers. Sarah aims to empower young people as coordinator and mentor for youth group Stones Throw who organise many educational programs, events and concerts including a concert for National Youth Week. She is an inaugural committee member of Verve Energy Collie Community Fund representing the youth sector and now works full time as a Community Relations Coordinator for the Worsley Expansion Project, now being paid to do the things she loves.

CSBP Water Conservation Award
Geraldton Grammar School, has achieved a major sustainable milestone in water eco-management in the form of a large wetland sanctuary lake. Funding has been a joint effort by local and state community bodies. The water catchments comes from the Bunnings roof and car park run off straight into the wetlands which will retain 30 million litres of run-off water annually. The water is pumped using a solar pump to the school water tank and then onto the school grounds and gardens and other facilities. The wetlands also provides a living classroom with curriculum studies programmed around the wetlands and students also monitor water quality as it is the only freshwater lake within 100 kilometres.

Department of Indigenous Affairs Indigenous Service Award
Youth N Motion of Geraldton, started as a concept of the Greater Geraldton Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan and Shane Hill MLA. A “Youth Bus” provides a range of mobile programs that engages Indigenous youth in a positive, safe and non threatening manner. A Senior Youth Outreach Officer was engaged by the City of Geraldton Greenough to operate and maintain the Bus as well as run the youth midnight basketball and other programs. Youth Bus staff engage at risk youth and offer programs that reduce the incidence of anti social and criminal behaviour. The key to success is caring youth workers who are prepared to listen to youth issues and deal with problems.

Horizon Power Leadership & Innovation Award
Lex Fullarton of Carnarvon, is a leader and innovator in solar and renewable energy generation. Lex produces environmentally sustainable energy for the community on his own land. In doing so he has become the driving force behind the uptake of grid tied solar photovoltaic installations in Carnarvon and other communities in WA. His solar plant is the first privately owned grid tied system and the largest Solar Farm in Western Australia with expansion plans to become the largest in Australia. The power is fed into Western Power’s local electricity grid and in June a Westwind wind turbine was added to the solar plant as a trial with the aim to provide 24 hours a day renewable energy.

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award
Foodbank Geraldton, distributes 30,000 meals per month in Geraldton and the Mid West/Murchinson areas. They run many community breakfast programs including School Breakfasts for 500 students, Bush Breakfasts, Clontarf Football Academy and Mid West Football Academy Breakfasts and provide food for hostels, agencies, community organisations, Work for the Dole participants and families and individuals in need. In 2007 more than 800 Christmas Hampers were also given to those in need. Foodbank Geraldton also works closely with local police units to provide community assistance in times of crisis and proudly receives support from many local organisations and businesses.

2007 Winners

RSM Bird Cameron Business Enterprise Award
Bindoon Bakery, purchased by Leanne Phillipson and Anne Maree Hagge in 2000. They had a vision of turning the small bakery into a bakery icon. Their hard work has paid off with the bakery constantly full to overflowing with customers and it is the single biggest tourist attraction in the Shire. Anne Maree is a qualified Pastry Chef and Leanne has a successful background in sales and marketing. Staff numbers have grown from 4 to 30 with a heavy emphasis on a wide range of staff training and education. Turnover has increased dramatically but focus remains on customer satisfaction and business best practice.

Racing & Wagering Western Australia Events and Tourism Award
The Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, acts as a peak arts body for the Boyup Brook community and celebrates cultural and social opportunities with its main event the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival involving 350 volunteers, 36 organisations and 16,000 visitors over the four days. The Festival incorporates the Western Australian Country Music Awards, Boyup Ute and Truck Muster, A Street Carnival, Concerts, Workshops, and WA’s biggest Bush Poet’s Breakfast. Four years ago the Club decided upon a new venue with John Williamson in 2007 opening the new music park complete with reticulated grassed lawns, power and lighting and a permanent stage and sound shell.

Curtin University of Technology Regional Service Award
Robert Reekie of Busselton, founded Mates Mens Support Group in 2003 setting up two Emergency Houses and a range of support services such as a 24 hour crises phone line, Food Bank and Resource Centres in Busselton and Margaret River. The Hub was established the following year which caters for at-risk disengaged youth. On average he works 60 to 70 hours a week as an unpaid volunteer and for the past 4 years has been on call 24/7 to help men in crises. Robert has a Diploma in Counselling, holds key positions on many committees and is Captain and Training Officer for The Sussex Bush Fire Brigade. His greatest achievement is being a role-model to his children.

CSBP Environment and Sustainability Award
North Dandalup Primary School, has sustainable programs that have been significantly added to over the past 10 years. Paper waste is shredded for compost and food scraps are given to the chooks and wormery. Weather checks and UV ratings are published daily and weekly river samples are taken. The gardens are native and composted and wood chipped. 10,000 trees are planted each year in the local community, and a recycling depot is provided for the community. The school has also undertaken to preserve an endangered area of remnant bush-land through their new “Pathway to Nature” program.

Australia Post Youth Leadership Awards
Juaini Taylor of Katanning, is a young Muslim woman well known for her work with the local Malay and wider community. She is employed as the Muslim Health Liaison Officer for Great Southern Population Health and also works with the Migrant Resources Centre. Juaini established and is President of the Katanning Youth Group providing valuable support and youth development skills and coordinates and organises activities and events with young people. She is on many committees, speaks at forums and is choreographer for her dance troupe Puteri Penari who perform at many community events.

Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award
Creating a Better Yuna or CABY of Geraldton, was formed in 1999 and CABY has been working towards harnessing the enthusiasm and sustainability of the community ever since. The entire district has benefited from the work CABY has achieved, especially through the Yuna Farmlands Water Scheme Project. The project was an enormous community undertaking and look over three years with an enormous amount of voluntary work and commitment, resources and town support to complete. The project finally brought water to the township of Yuna and the 70 farming families in the surrounding district.