WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

“I was absolutely privileged and humbled by the nomination and to be awarded the 2016 Worldwide Solutions Sports Award at the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Often living away in remote and regional areas, people are not aware of the work and achievements happening in our broader community, for these organisations and people to be recognized is very humbling and rewarding."

Chelsea Randall
2016 Worldwide Printing Solutions Sports Award Winner


“Winning the inaugural Community Service Award category at last year’s Western Australian Regional Achievement Awards means a lot to me. Not only did the award recognise my personal achievements over 22 years but it also highlighted the excellent and important work that is done by so many small, community based groups throughout WA’s regions.

I stand, as they say, on the shoulder of giants: hundreds of volunteers from our community, dozens of co-workers at the Manjimup Family Centre and hundreds of colleagues in the non-government sector. Specifically these place-based, grassroots community groups achieve so much for people in the sticks; they create a sense of ownership and belonging, they ‘hang over the fence’ understanding their communities’ needs and they foster community spirit and volunteerism. Together, they achieve so much with so little.

For these and many other reasons small NGOs need to be protected from the economic rationalism currently so entrenched in political decision making. Over the past 5 years NGOs have been burdened with immense increase in meaningless procedure and red tape. Now they face an open tender process to secure ongoing funding.

At the coal face of community work quality is not achieved by corporatisation and economies of scale but by local knowledge, flexibility and dedication. A winner representing these values proves the point.”

Andre Foulon, Coordinator, Manjimup Family Centre
2016 Community TAB Community Service Award Winner


"Last year our company was nominated for the Indago Solutions Agricultural Innovation Award.
We are very passionate about regional development, so this award program was something that felt important to us. If you are thinking about whether they should put in a nomination for these awards I would encourage you to please do so. Going through a nomination process makes you really think about your business, where it is now and where it is heading. It makes you think about your strengths and weaknesses and possibly will help you clarify your pathway ahead.

All businesses in the regional areas work hard and have some additional challenges in just getting the job done. Being a part of this program not only helps you think about these challenges but gives you the opportunity to hear other peoples stories. The other big benefit in winning one of these awards is the validation it gives to your staff and your customers. Being able to put that winner logo at the bottom of my email makes a difference to my export customers and potential customers. To get government recognition and to be judged by our peers gives recognition to your company. I never understood how important this was until I won an award.

Last year we won the Indago Solutions Agricultural Innovation Award and the all of state. Since then we have been developing export markets for our products and this award opens doors. Without the sponsorship of the companies like Indago Solutions, CBA and Department of Regional Development, these awards would not happen. I encourage you to support the awards, there are no negatives in this. Whether you win or not it is a positive experience."

Jennie Franceschi, Fresh Produce Alliance
2016 Indago Solutions Agricultural Innovation Award Winner


"We were very excited to receive the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award in 2016 at the WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards. This was a huge achievement for the Onslow Chamber of Commerce & Industry as an organisation that was generally inactive prior to 2014 and then quickly grew a membership from 24 to over 100. This awards program was a great opportunity to recognise our organisations achievements and to know these are not only recognised for the town of Onslow but also recognised throughout regional WA. Winning the award provided our organisation with the appropriate recognition for our achievements but also raised our profile as a Chamber even further and we are continuously assisting other chambers in our region and also throughout WA. We highly recommend the Regional Achievement & Community Awards for any other organisations who are thinkning of entering."

Chantelle King, Chief Executive Officer, Onslow Chamber of Commerce and Industry
2016 Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award Winner


"The representatives from Wattle Hill Care had a wonderful time and enjoyed the evening immensely. We were certainly overwhelmed by winning our category and proud to be amongst so many worthy winners and finalists. We would like to thank all the sponsors for their wonderful contribution to such prestigious awards."

Hazel Gordon - Facility Manager Wattle Hill Care

"We were honoured to be the recipient of the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award in the 2015 WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards. We believe that this award not only recognises our past achievements in local and Indigenous employment but also recognises our resilience and ability to adapt and continue to be viable, especially after the cessation of the iron ore project and ship loading out of Wyndham. We are passionate about Indigenous employment and economic growth and sustainability in regional Australia and have diversified our business to ensure that we are maximising local Indigenous Employment wherever we operate.

Seeing our concepts, values and philosophies come to fruition and receiving the Rinehart Development award in recognition for past and present projects enables our company and clients to know that we are continuously positioning them for success and further imparts awareness of a successful Indigenous owned and operated business. Winning the award has not only provided the appropriate recognition for our dedicated team of staff, it has also raised the profile of our company. Receiving such an award is very much appreciated and a pleasing endorsement of Dadaru’s determination and expertise."

Dadaru Pty Ltd
2015 Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award Winner


"It was an absolute honour and a privilege to be awarded the Road Safety Award. East Narrogin Primary School is a small wheat-belt school making a difference in a community which has the highest statistics per population of road trauma in Western Australia. We are so appreciative to be recognised as a leading school in health promotion and providing a quality education for our children so that they can develop the necessary lifelong skills to keep them safe as road users. Our school staff work tirelessly with parents and community services to create a road safety culture that helps reduce the risk of serious injury or death from road trauma among our children. We have a strong commitment in teaching road safety effectively and we are overwhelmingly humbled. Thank you to our category sponsor the Insurance Commission of Western Australia and the media sponsors, GWN, Radiowest and the Western Australian Newspapers for their promotion of the Awards as well as the Commonwealth Bank for prizes. We are so proud to be the recipients of this award and we thank our entire school community for their ongoing support in ensuring our young people stay safe."

East Narrogin Primary School
2015 Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award Winner


"The thrill and honour of winning the 2015 Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award and then being declared the overall state winner of the 2015 WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards was a proud and humbling moment that will last a life time. I feel it’s a ‘win’ for me and all educators in regional WA because the awards demonstrate that the work that we do is valued and acknowledged. There is also a deep sense of gratitude to all those people who influenced, inspired and encouraged me. Winning the Awards marks a significant milestone in my professional and personal career, but it’s not the end of the journey, rather, the beginning of a new one, a reminder of how much there is to do. The Awards have further ignited my passion to explore new partnerships and research, innovate and implement fresh and exciting teaching approaches that will provide more opportunities for people in regional areas to engage with learning that is relevant and meaningful to them. Now is the time to get involved and nominate for the Regional Achievement and Community Awards. What better way to encourage and celebrate those special people and organisations that are making a positive difference to the lives of people in your community."

Dr Sharon Ross, CY O'Connor Institute
2015 Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award Winner
2015 Department of Regional Development Overall State Winner


"This Award recognised the work that the Hospital Auxiliary was doing in providing CareAlert systems and KeySafes for all Senior and people in need throughout the communities of Boddington, Wandering, Williams and Quindanning however, following the announcement we have been approached by many other WA regions asking how they can also provide a similar program in their area which in itself is amazing. Our vision which we love to share is imagining every Senior, Elderly, or a person in need having one of these units provided for them in their homes. Could you see the support each person would have just requiring them to press their button on the unit if they were under threat from burglary, having a heart attack or medical problem or any sort of physical violence. Once the button is pressed an alarm sounds and help is on the way. When someone arrives if they cannot gain entry they go to the KeySafe remove the key and let themselves in and are then able to evaluate the assistance that is needed e.g. if ambulance or police are required. Usually resulting in a positive outcome. We get so upset when we hear of someone getting injured or having a fire in their homes and not being able to get out when the answer are these two units and faith in someone who cares.
Any community group that considers going for these Awards please do not hesitate as right from the application process to the wonderful evening where the announcements are made is so very encouraging and you get to meet inspiring people that are such great mentors."

Boddington Hospital Auxiliary
2015 Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award Winner