South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2018 Finalists

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Cassie Day of Adelaide cares for her 16 year old son who has Cystic Fibrosis and an Acquired Brain Injury. With her son in hospital so often, Cassie identified significant gaps in the collaborative care of sick and disabled children. She created The Carers Place, an online community for parents and carers to share experiences, seek help and support each other. The website provides free family resources and links to services and NDIS support.

Ian Ward of Parafield Gardens is carer to his three autistic children. He was a camp leader for Camp Autism and is co-founder of Asperlutely Autsome. A not for profit voluntary organisation, Asperlutely Autsome provides autism spectrum disorder friendly events, to build social and participation skills in an environment of acceptance. To date, they have over 600 registered families. Ian has also built a networking group for dads affected by Autism, called Autism Dads Rock.

Katherine Height of Mount Gambier is carer to her 8 year old daughter Ella who lives with a rare genetic condition resulting in Epilepsy. In 2014 Katherine launched Ella's Purple Promise to raise money, educate and advocate for Epilepsy awareness. She has raised $10,000 for The Epilepsy Centre and aims to raise funds to bring professionals to Mount Gambier to provide training to educators. Katherine has received local and national recognition for her dedication to Epilepsy awareness.


Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award

Coorong District Council established The Coorong Healthy Highways Program, the only one of its kind in Australia. Together with their Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle team they created CHH to provide better food choices for travelers along the Coorong. Each CHH outlet serves nourishing meals, offers healthy drink options and where possible, cooks with local fresh produce. Existing business can request to become a CHH outlet, by providing a selection of healthy food choices.

Jesse Hardy of Manningham founded “Call The Doctor”, an after hour Doctor service. A Call the Doctor visit is bulk billed, providing accessible care for the elderly, the incapacitated and those socially disadvantaged unable to afford transport. A key aim of Call the Doctor is to reduce presentations to the local Emergency Department and unnecessary use of Ambulances. A custom software was created to overcome the logistical challenge of running mobile doctor teams.

Medical Device Partnering Program of Tonsley was founded by Flinders University in 2008 with 14 South Australian partners. MDPP is an “ideas incubator” and a one-stop shop for medtech entrepreneurs and start-ups, who may lack connections or funding. MDPP has explored 350 new technologies, facilitated 130 workshops, and completed 80 projects. In the last four years, two products have reached market, with another 11 undergoing clinical trials. 11 patents have been filed and 33 new jobs created.


Flinders University Rural Health SA Regional Achievement Award

Careship Coorong is a volunteer-run care farm and is the first of its kind in Australia. The farm provides social support to people with disabilities, mental health problems and those who felt isolated in their community. Each week about 10 people attend the snail farm in Coonalpyn to help breed, feed and harvest the small gastropods. There is an increase in community engagement and participants indicated an increase in wellbeing while at the farm.

EML - Game Changer Program is a community initiative designed to assist with the prevention of drug use, alcohol abuse, family violence, mental health and suicide. Supported by local sporting clubs, they aim to develop young adults into becoming the next generation of community leaders. The Young leaders who take part in the program are upskilled as future mentors, enabling them to be able to provide support within their clubs and to their peers.

Karen Baines of Ungarra founded Broad Acre Farm Safety, a consulting and online advisory service for grain and livestock farmers trying to navigate work, health & safety. She speaks at agricultural workshops about farm safety and holds farm safety workshops to assist farmers on the Eyre Peninsula. Her goal is to foster a productive relationship with farmers and regulators to create a reduction of on-farm deaths and injuries. Karen won the 2016 Augusta Zadow Award.

Whyalla Ripples Support Group provides support and education for parents and families dealing with a loved one’s ICE addiction. Whyalla Ripples has presented five community forums to over 1,000 attendees. The forums include speakers who are parents, recovering addicts and mental health workers. The not for profit Support Group openly discuss with family and friends, addiction and ways to support those going through ICE related issues. Ripples also expanded into Port Augusta in 2016.


Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

City of West Torrens Road Safety Group’s primary objective is to promote and raise awareness of road safety, in particular for vulnerable road users and Learners. Road safety initiatives included rubbish bin stickers with speed limit reminders and a primary school calendar artwork competition centred on a road safety theme. They also organised a Mock Crash presentation event for high school students to raise awareness of driving under the influence and use of phones while driving.

Lyndal Denny of West Lakes has a focus on creating safer roads by educating motorists on safe driving practices around heavy vehicles and working to support more women into truck driving careers. With 9,000+ hours experience driving massive outback roadtrains, Lyndal co-founded Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls – providing newly-licenced women with 160 hours free training in real work environs. Her current research project, “Women in Trucking – 2019” will further strengthen the flow of female talent into this male dominated sector.

Rod Campbell of Novar Gardens has provided over 10 years of exemplary service to the Road Awareness Program (RAP), as part of his 20 years working with the Metropolitan Fire Service. Rod "walks the walk", always offering to be the designated driver, ensuring people get home safely from any events. He has impacted over 150,000 young South Australians and has raised the profile of the RAP, with coverage on local media and national television.

The Adelaide Dementia Driving Clinic was established as a research tool to investigate screening methods for declines in driving skill for older drivers with known or suspected dementia. By seeking optimum levels of road safety, The ADDC provides medical practitioners the information needed to determine when an individual should retire from driving. This improves the quality of care for these individuals, their families and the wider community.


Minister for Industry and Skills Small Business Award

Chooks Little Winery Tours of Willunga began in 2010 by Terry (Chook) McCoy and wife Kerry, offering specialised winery tours and local transport services. Chook’s provides a chance for guests to experience the heart and soul of McLaren Vale and view the “other side of the tasting table”. Their fleet has grown to five vehicles, including accessibility for guests with special needs or wheelchairs. Chook's donate to many local charities and have won several awards.

Instrument Choice of Dry Creek is an online scientific equipment store. All sales consultants have science degrees and have practical scientific experience. The company has a key focus on creating a great customer experience and CEO, Tyson Grubb has set in-house customer service metric benchmarks to achieve this. Beginning from Tyson’s bedroom, Instrument Choice now has a revenue of $3 million, is listed on the BRW Fast 100 and won an Australian Telstra Business Award.

Stormfront Productions of Whyalla is owned and operated by Mark Tempany and Alison Hams. Their audio and video recording facilities including a mobile recording unit, provide a professional service to the region, regularly coordinating projects for international release. Stormfront offers expertise in all aspects of the music industry on and off-stage, including event Management, production and consultancy. STORMFRONT was named a Top 5 Finalist for "Best Studio" at the 2017 South Australian Music Industry Awards.

Uniquely Natural of Lonsdale is a proudly family owned Australian Company. They make the finest range of gentle and affordable natural products allowing people to live head to toe naturally. They have built relationship with supermarket stores nationally and other major chains, and have currently over 400 stockists. Uniquely Natural are also building a strong online presence. They support local events and charities such as Kids for Cancer and the Royal Flying Doctor’s.


Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Faith Lutheran College – TLS Campus of Tanunda initiated the SOLE program. Consisting of numerous projects the SOLE program included a school vegetable garden with raised garden beds, wicking beds, a three-bay composting system, and a small orchard. With the help of students and their families, the whole school community was involved with student lessons, gardening club, weekend working bees and a SOLE parent Committee. Faith Lutheran College hope that these practices will extend to the wider community.

Leighton Wilksch of Paskeville created the Fire Danger Alerting System. He negotiated the collaboration of FDI, Fire Danger Index data from private and public weather stations, collated the Data then communicated through text messages to farmers. This has enabled better understanding of fire risk during the harvest period so informed decisions could be made during high-risk days. In the past 3 years, the Fire Danger alerting system has increased with now over 700 users.

Tristan Baldock of Buckleboo played a pivotal role in the local farmer technical group, the Buckleboo Farm Improvement Group, managing their research, development and extension program. A recent achievement was The Tillage Field Day, which attracted 140 growers, Ag professionals and researchers from across SA. Tristan represented Australian growers in Argentina with a focus on building a bilateral relationships between the countries. He aims to build a resilient and sustainable Australian grain production sector.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Edenfield Family Care of Parafield Gardens is a family owned, 50 bed boutique home, employing more than 50 staff and 11 volunteers. After consultation with employees, additional split and flexible shifts were introduced. Employees undertake Certificate 3 and 4 in Dementia Care and complete Palliative Care Training. A Healthy Ageing Program has been introduced, where residents receive a tailored physio program and are encouraged join in activities such as ‘crafternoon’ to engage them mentally and physically.

Eldercare Inc of Eastwood is one of South Australia’s leading aged care providers with more than 1,500 employees committed to delivering peace of mind based on the values of respect, accountability and connection. Eldercare’s commitment to gender equity and helping to end violence against women was recognised when it received White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. Employees have access to health and wellbeing initiatives, recognition programs, social clubs and job sharing arrangements, contributing to improvements in staff engagement over the last two years.

Pennwood Village of Pennington is a culturally specific aged care approved provider, delivering services to 95 CALD aged people from more than 14 nationalities. With 74 staff, a “person centred care” approach is undertaken and training is provided in the Household Care Sunflower model, as well as Dementia Care and Cultural Leadership. Staff have flexible hours as well as free meals, massages and many other support services. In 2018 Pennwood Village celebrates their 25th anniversary.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Australian Medical Placements of Royston Park is one of Australia’s largest privately owned medical recruitment and education companies. With extensive experience and knowledge of the medical industry, they match highly qualified doctors to short, long and permanent placements. Staff are provided with access to training, workshops and education which is crucial to the up-skilling and maintenance of doctors’ skills. @313 is a newly established eco-driven education hub where health professionals can meet, eat and knowledge share.

Rachel Lawrie of Adelaide is Director and Principal of Ray White North Adelaide. Her core values are to provide the community with a genuine, honest service with morals, ethics and professionalism. During her five years in real estate, Rachel sponsors sporting clubs and charities, and to date has put $300,000 of her earnings back into the community. Rachel’s business growth is a result of good service provision and repeat clients and referrals.

Katie Cross of Gawler East works at Mawson Lakes Hotel and is the epitome of an effective hotel receptionist. She is responsible for check-ins and outs, reservations, guest requests and is the first impression for patrons. Katie's genuine empathy and nurturing qualities impress everyone who stays. Able to remember details and preferences for dozens of regular guests, Katie receives an overwhelming amount of unprompted public feedback and sets an example for colleagues and management alike.


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

Jeremy Gaynor of Beulah Park has been the Manager of Remote Special Projects Aboriginal Health Directorate CHSA since 2011. He helped establish the Amata Family Wellbeing Centre, an Anangu led community Health Centre. Jeremy helped introduce a range of health programs focusing on exercise and nutrition, to help prevent the onset of diabetes and renal failure. He helped to setup the Amata Anangu Athletics Club, providing marathon training, mental health and wellbeing program for young adults.

Streaky Bay & District Medical Clinic Inc. Board is a not for profit entity who were formed at the direction of the community to operate the Streaky Bay Medical Practice. To maintain an accredited professional Medical Practice, the Board has employed a Practice Manager, a Practice Nurse and reception staff along with Locum GP’s. The Board have embraced their role and are committed to providing an operational Medical Practice to service the needs of the community.

Yorke Peninsula Community Transport is a not for profit organisation and registered charity. They provide a community transport service which allows residents to remain at home whilst still being able to access medical and social appointments. Resident’s gain connections within their community, access to services and interact with other people. With 13 vehicles, chartered busses, 2,500 clients, their 140 volunteers conduct over 3,500 trips each year, providing their community with an invaluable service.


TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award

Kym Manning of Loveday is the Lake Bonney Fish Habitat Renewal Group coordinator. He planned, sought funding and organised the volunteer workforce to establish a series of "Fish Hotels" in Lake Bonney, to provide breeding habitats for native fish species. In 2013 Kym and a small group of volunteers established the much-awarded SA Carp Frenzy Fishing competition, now an annual event. The family friendly event also assists with the removal of European Carp and provides a tourism boost.

Nature Foundation SA Kids on Country Program is a collaboration between Aboriginal community leaders, secondary schools, industry partners and Nature Foundation SA staff and volunteers. The KoC camps provide Aboriginal students with opportunities to deepen their connection to Country, build knowledge in land management and conservation, and develop important life skills. In 2018, 43 young people attended the KoC camps and there is currently a waiting list of schools interested in participating in the program.

Peter Taylor of West Richmond founded the West Beach Surf Life Saving Club's, On the Same Wave - Cultural Diversity program in 2008. He has educated hundreds of members of multicultural communities about beach safety. Peter has trained and supported over 20 people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to learn to swim and gain lifesaving qualifications. 10 participants have become swimming instructors and are now educating their own communities on vital water safety.

Tatiara Work Centre Inc of Bordertown was established in 1968 to promote the use of homegrown produce and homemade products. They provide a welcoming community hub environment which is run solely by members and volunteers. Membership is open to all, young and old. The long-term goal for the Tatiara Work Centre is to evolve with the changing dynamics and demographic makeup. They are looking to the increasing migrant population to embrace diversity and inclusion.