NEW SOUTH WALES

Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT

Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award
Awards Australia believes that strong connections with others helps to build vibrant communities where people live, work, meet, learn and interact.
The Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award recognises grass-roots, ‘real life’ initiatives (led by local community groups or not-for-profits) that demonstrate genuine involvement, long-term value and add to the life of their community.  These initiatives may meet a specific need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to celebrate being part of a community. These initiatives foster a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the way people connect in their community.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the community initiative
  • Outline the short and long term goals of the community initiative
  • Demonstrate community involvement a) In your planning; b) In the way your project is delivered; c) In the way your project is received (participation)
  • Demonstrate the value of your initiative to your local community. You can use media clippings, testimonials, photos as well as commentary to respond to this question
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains Small Business Achiever Award
Many individuals have successfully started or are operating their own small businesses or franchise and are making important economic and social contributions to regional NSW and the ACT. Creative business, franchises and commercial ventures provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. Many are also giving back to the community or giving others an opportunity. 
Small business owners and operators are rolling up their sleeves, developing and realising their corporate vision and mission. The Fairmont Resort Small Business Achiever Award promotes those who “give it a go” through determination, innovation, hard work and self-motivation, rewarding those who make their own luck and opportunities a reality. 
  • Provide a brief background of the business and description of product/service
  • Provide examples of activities the nominee has undertaken to advance the business, franchise or commercial venture
  • Outline the contribution to the local and wider community; and benefits to regional NSW and the ACT
  • Has the nominee had any recent business achievements or performance success?
  • Source of funding, grants and budgets (if applicable)
  • Barriers or difficulties the nominee has faced and how they have been overcome

  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner
NSW Government Council Crown Land Management Excellence Award
New South Wales has more than 6,500 Crown reserves that are managed by 128 councils. These councils have a significant role in managing these reserves on behalf of the community. 

This Award will recognise a council Crown reserve manager who exemplifies an outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities. 

Nominees must be appointed as a Council Crown land manager. One nomination per council is permitted, nominating only one of the Crown reserves under the Council’s management. 
  • Provide a description of the reserve – location, assets on site, activity undertaken/how the reserve is used. 
  • How council encourages multiple or diverse community use across the reserve. 
  • What initiatives or innovations has council carried out over the last 2 years to improve the reserve and how have these activities contributed to strengthening community connections?
  • What challenges is the reserve manager currently addressing or recently overcome? e.g., floods, COVID-19. 
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), provide a summary of your nomination. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner. 
NSW Government Crown Land Management Excellence Award
New South Wales has more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 3.1 million hectares. These reserves are showgrounds, parks, sporting venues, caravan parks, community halls and more. Crown reserves make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental, and cultural features of NSW. Crown reserves are managed in partnership between the NSW State government and the community. 
This Award will recognise a reserve manager organisation that is involved in the care, control, or management of an NSW Crown reserve. The award winner will exemplify an outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.
Nominees must be appointed as a non-council Crown land manager organisation, or a council-appointed community management committee, responsible for caring for NSW Crown reserves.  
  • Provide a description of the reserve and how it is used by the community. 
  • Detail the management of the reserve - how many people are involved, roles and responsibilities, volunteer contributions, how the reserve sources funding and income etc.
  • What improvements or initiatives has the reserve manager undertaken in the last 2 years at the site, and how has this benefited the community use of the reserve? 
  • What challenges is the reserve manager currently addressing or recently overcome? E.g., floods, COVID-19.
  • How does the reserve manager promote the reserve/encourage multiple uses of the site?
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), provide a summary of your nomination; highlighting the reserve manager’s achievements and the positive impacts made to the Crown reserve and the local community. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
NSW Government Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award
New South Wales has more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 3.1 million hectares. These reserves are showgrounds, parks, sporting venues, caravan parks, public halls and more. Crown reserves make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental, and cultural features of NSW. 
Individual community minded volunteers are crucial to the management of Crown land and devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities’ managing reserves. 
This Award will recognise an individual involved in Crown reserve management, who demonstrates outstanding community service ethos, dedication, and commitment to their community. Nominees must be a volunteer member of a Crown land manager organisation, or a member of a council-appointed community management committee, that is responsible managing a Crown reserve.
  • Provide a description of the reserve and how it is used by the community. 
  • What is the individual's role at the reserve; and how have they contributed to improve the site and encourage community use?
  • How has the individual helped with recent challenges faced by the reserve? E.g., the impact of floods or COVID-19.
  • Outline how the individual contributes to the values of the Crown Reserve Code of Conduct (view the values at www.bit.ly/CLMconduct).
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), provide a summary of your nomination; highlighting the achievements and impacts made by the individual you’re nominating. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Businesses and organisations spend a great deal of time and money trying to win and retain customers. The highly demanding discipline of customer service is arguably the critical success factor for many organisations and businesses. 
The Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award will recognise individuals that provide customer service excellence, best practice and innovative thinking in customer service. It may also be someone who is implementing customer service strategies which are integral to business success. The nominees will have a positive impact on their organisation and demonstrate dedication to product knowledge and commitment to the customer. 
  • Brief background of the business/organisation and individual’s position
  • Examples of customer service excellence:
    Any metrics that could be used to demonstrate customer service excellence, for example increase in customer satisfaction, increase in customer retention, decrease in customer complaints etc.
  • Training and development undertaken
  • Outline how the individual has made an impact on the business and wider community
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Testimonials that back up examples of customer service excellence will be viewed favourably
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Transgrid Leadership Award
Tenacity, dedication, selflessness and leadership are the key qualities of those amazing individuals who are the “driving force” in their community. These individuals are at the forefront of community contribution in their field of endeavour. 
They may have overcome significant difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in the community. They may have pioneered significant changes in their community, business or organisation that have altered the way people think and perform for the better. The Transgrid Leadership Award will acknowledge role models who through their leadership pave the way for others to follow.
  • Tell us how the nominee has displayed leadership qualities
  • What specific outcomes and successes has the nominee achieved
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties the nominee has encountered
  • Who and how has the community benefited from their leadership 
  • What is the lasting legacy of the nominees leadership efforts
  • 100 word summary of achievements for media, judging and promotional material including use for the Awards night