Community Achievement Awards for Regional NSW & the ACT

2021 Winners

Department of Planning and Environment Crown Land Manager Excellence Award

Glen Innes & District Historical Society Inc. has been serving as the proper custodian of the cultural heritage of the Glen Innes & District community since 1968. The Historical Society functions as a community chronicle, recording and informing successive generations through artefacts, documents and records at the Land of the Beardies Museum History House Museum and Research Centre. The Land of the Beardies occupies the former Glen Innes & District Hospital, which is listed as a heritage building. Over the past three years, the Society has been actively engaged in repairing and refurbishing the buildings, storage facilities and display areas. The Society has 255 members.



Department of Planning and Environment Individual Excellence in Crown Land Management Award

William West of Balmoral is ensuring the Bribbaree Showgrounds are preserved for future generations to come. Bill has been a member of the Bribbaree Showground Trust since 1982. He became its Chairman in 1984. In 1997, he became secretary/treasurer. For 39 years, Bill has tirelessly worked for the Showground. Now at 72, he vows to continue supervising the Showground, cleaning up the grounds after each event, cleaning the toilets, checking the tanks and doing everything he can to maintain the grounds in pristine condition. With extensive knowledge of the workings of the grounds, Bill has drawn up comprehensive maps of its power and water systems.


Prime Super Business Innovation Award

Why Leave Town Promotions of Narrabri is encouraging people to ‘Shop Local’. Why Leave Town Promotions (WLT) offers community gift cards that use a ‘closed loop’ technology that ensures dollars stay local. The WLT Community Gift Card can be purchased at local ‘load up’ points or online and can only be spent back on participating local businesses. WLT works with over 60 communities across Australia and has created a website, Shop Local Hub. In 2018, the gift cards were used by organisations to distribute funds raised to support farmers and others in need during the drought. To date, WLT has helped keep over $12m in local communities.


TransGrid Leadership Award

Tara McClelland of Waterloo was named the 2021 ACT Young Australian of the Year. In this role, she has advocated directly to the Prime Minister and other Government Ministers about the rights of young people. She ensures that young people’s voices are heard and that issues like mental health, housing and climate justice are recognised by the Government as important to Australia’s youth. Tara also launched the annual Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army. On International Women’s Day 2021, she was a keynote speaker at a Women in Construction Breakfast. Speaking at various schools, she empowers the emerging generation to use their voice.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Riverina Speech Pathology of Wagga Wagga was opened in 2010 by Parneet (Nancy) Kaur to give back to the community where she grew up. RSP comprises four administrative staff and three fully trained speech pathologists that provide paediatric, adult and geriatric services. They receive regular training in the latest advancements in speech pathology, enabling them to apply research-based assessment and intervention. RSP’s premises are bright and modern, and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. The practice provides greater flexibility to its over 300 clients. In 2021, they offered a second clinic catering for the waiting list. In 2020, RSP was a finalist for the Customer Service Award.



Awards Australia Connecting Communities Award

Psychs on Bikes is raising mental health awareness. Psychs on Bikes (PoB) is an association of mental health professionals who are passionate about their work and motorbikes, helping people in rural and remote Australian communities to access mental health services and a shoulder to lean on. It was co-founded by Dr Joe Dunn during a motorcycle ride in 2011. PoB uses motorbikes as a conversation starter with men who might otherwise not engage in a discussion about their mental health. They offer physical and mental health checks for men and women, educational talks, school visits, keynote presentations and bespoke approaches to specific community needs.