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.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Crown Land Manager Excellence Award
We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 3.1 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls. 

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. A Crown land manager is the name given to an entity that is appointed to be responsible for the care, control and management of Crown reserves on behalf of the people of NSW. The type of entities that can be appointed as a Crown land manager include a local council, a Local Aboriginal Land Council, an incorporated association, a corporation or a statutory land manager. 

This Award will recognise a Crown land manager that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities.   

Award criteria: 
  • Provide a description of the reserve and how it is used by the community. 
  • Detail the management of the reserve, including how many people are involved and what duties are undertaken  
  • What initiatives has the reserve manager recently undertaken to improve the reserve, and how have these benefited/improved the local community’s use of the reserve? 
  • How has the reserve manager adapted to recent challenges such as bushfire, drought and COVID-19? Are there any other challenges the reserve manager has overcome or is currently addressing? 
  • Describe the sources of funding/income for the reserve 
  • Outline what the reserve manager does to promote the reserve 
  • 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. 
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award
We are fortunate in New South Wales to have more than 34,000 Crown reserves covering an area of around 3.1 million hectares. Crown reserves are diverse and make a positive contribution to the social, economic, environmental and cultural features of the state. They are our showgrounds, racecourses, surf lifesaving clubs, parks, sporting venues, foreshores, caravan parks, recreational trails and halls. 

The management of Crown reserves is based on a partnership between government and the community. Individual community minded volunteers participate in the management of Crown land and devote many hours of unpaid service to their communities managing and caring for Crown reserves. 

This Award will recognise an individual volunteer involved in the management of Crown land that exemplifies outstanding community service ethos, dedication and commitment to their communities. 

Award criteria: 
  • Provide an outline on the reserve including a description, amenities on site and how it is used by the community 
  • Identify the individual's role/duties in the management of the reserve 
  • Outline the individual's commitment and improvements to the reserve during recent times, and how these have benefited the community 
  • How has the individual responded to recent challenges such as bushfire, drought and COVID-19? Are there any other challenges the reserve manager has overcome or is currently addressing? 
  • Outline how the individual contributes to the values of the Crown Reserve Code of Conduct (view the values at www.tiny.cc/reservecode) 
  • Outline what the individual does to promote the reserve 
  • 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. 
Prime Super Business Innovation Award
Prime Super is big on performance and in any business environment, innovation is a key factor in running a successful business. The ability to adapt quickly and take advantage of opportunities is crucial.

Prime Super is proud to introduce the Business Innovation Award, which will celebrate creative and proactive business ventures, that are making important economic and social contributions to regional New South Wales and the ACT, across all industries.

It’s these innovating businesses that are providing opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, training and employment. Which is why Prime Super is excited to acknowledge and highlight their success and achievements, so that the entire community benefits.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the business, including description of products/services provided.
  • Outline your focus on innovation and highlight any key outcomes as a result of your innovative approach.
  • Description and evidence of financial success and viability of the business. Include examples of recent business achievements.
  • Provide details on how you engage with your local and/or wider community.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties you have faced and how they have been overcome. Include examples of any creative or proactive solutions.
  • 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.
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 
  • How has the community benefited from their leadership 
  • What is the lasting legacy of the nominees leadership efforts
  • 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.