South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2020 Winners 


Office for Ageing Well Tackling Ageism Award

Kerry Jones of Adelaide has led the strategic portfolio of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation to transform Australia’s experience of ageing, working with a dedicated team and a rich tapestry of people across Australia. She led the demonstration and spread of ‘Weavers’, a model of personalised and flexible one to one peer support for carers of older people. Kerry designed and led ‘The Innovation Age’/Future of Home, a multi-year systematic initiative focused on the future of ageing and the actions to create that future. Kerry has also worked in partnership with SA’s Office for Ageing Well on SA’s Plan for Ageing Well 2020-2025.



Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Ben Morton of Beulah Park is passionate about solving industry problems and is the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director at Bygen, an environmental deep tech start-up. They have developed a world-first, low-cost technology that uses agricultural waste to make activated charcoal, a high value material that cleans up the environment. This allows farmers to gain value from their waste, minimise bushfire risk by reducing in-field waste and help clean up the environment and reduce human greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural industry. Ben developed the activation technology during his PhD. He also mentors young start-up companies within ThincLab at the University of Adelaide.


Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award

City of Marion South American Community – Neighbourhood Centres welcomed 50 new South Americans who were settling in their council area. To start, they held a community and action focused “Welcome Afternoon Tea”, where they prepared food and music and Spanish translators. The new settlers were asked “what’s important to you and your family in the next six to twelve months?”, opening conversations. The initiative was simple but unique as it consulted with new arrivals and connected upfront. ESL classes are held weekly, along with a community barbecue where the South Americans shared tables with local people and practised their English skills. In February 2020, they ran an inaugural Carnavale Event.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Tanunda Lutheran Home Inc of Tanunda is a not-for-profit 120-bed aged care facility with 96 independent living units, operating under a person-centred and neighbourhood model of care. Owned by the Lutheran Church of South Australia, TLH has 200 staff, 102 of whom are full-time employees and 90 per cent are female. All staff have access to thirty online training courses and a 24/7 Employee Assistance Program. There are active Work Health and Safety processes to reduce serious work incidents. Employees may be appointed as Values Champions and each month a Staff Member of the Month is recognised. A chaplain staff is available for a higher level of support.


Woolworths Sports in the Community Award

Greenacres Tennis Club of Northfield is promoting an inclusive environment. After almost being closed down in 2016 due to dipping numbers, GTC was rejuvenated and re-built. From two double’s teams in 2016, they now have 120 members comprising of seven senior and five junior teams, with multiple premierships. Never afraid to try something new, they continue to promote “book a court”, committing to run open court sessions, increasing community access and participation. One time they welcomed a homeless individual to play and invited him to join the club for winter. GTC received the Tennis SA’s 2020 City/Hills Club of the Year and Torrens Award for excellence.


Australian Dental Foundation Community Welfare Innovation Award

Autism SA of Netley developed the Autism Friendly Charter (AFC) in partnership with the autistic community. The AFC is a framework designed to support mainstream organisations, community groups and businesses to become more accessible by developing awareness and confidence in applying inclusive practices. Almost 1,000 employees and employers have completed the AFC online training and 83 businesses have pledged to support the AFC movement. As a result, autistic individuals and their families can identify more organisations, business, community groups and events that are autism-aware and would apply inclusive practices. They also provide a free, extensive and easy to use App to connect with businesses directly.


Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Rhonda Samuel of Gumeracha has cared for her sons since 1993, together with husband Barry. Their youngest son Scott suffers from Schizoaffective Disorder whilst their oldest son Mark suffers from Bi-Polar 2. Rhonda and Barry have supported the boys to access public housing to live as independently as possible. Rhonda cares by calling, visiting, checking, prompting and assisting with medications and assists in managing her sons’ finances. Rhonda is herself suffering from ill health but her determination to support her sons remains strong. Rhonda is an active member of the community and many committees including the Lived Experience Australia’s State Advisory Forum since 2015.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Caroline Lowe of Port Lincoln is a Media Sales Executive with Radio Stations Magic 899 and 5CC broadcasting across the Eyre Peninsula. Caroline prides herself on her customers service, always striving to achieve the best results for her client’s through their radio marketing campaigns. During the Covid-19 crisis she worked hard to restructure her struggling clients’ marketing campaigns amid the situation with their best interests in mind. Caroline was a finalist in the Australia Commercial Radio Awards for best Sales performance in 2018, and received a commendation in 2016 and 2017 at the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards – Customer Service.


Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

Women in Trucking Australia of Semaphore was established by female heavy vehicle drivers for female heavy vehicle drivers. WiTa has a dual focus of providing a platform where women can come together to tackle the challenges female truckies face in the industry and addressing the enormous gap that exists in small vehicle driver education when it comes to road sharing. They successfully received Commonwealth Government grant to produce a heavy vehicle road safety Ad campaign which continues to run throughout 2020, increasing road user awareness of the dire consequence of risky on-road decision making around heavy vehicles. They also received additional funding to create a second campaign.


Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award

Goodwood Saints Football Club Inc of Millswood is an inclusive and socially responsible community football club with a membership of more than 2,000 people. They introduced the “Saints Healthy Minds”, a comprehensive initiative that targets coaches and managers to assist them in identifying those with mental health issues, with a long-term goal of helping players to build their mental strength, empower them to speak out and understand mental health issues and suicidal tendencies. In support of the initiative, they hold activities such as Growing with Gratitude Sports program, Sport and Life Training Mental Health Presentation, U18 Girls Team Mental Resilience Training and Headspace U16 Coaching, among others.


Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

Herd of Hope of Tanunda is raising awareness for mental health and support services to transplant recipients and organ donor families in rural areas. Herd of Hope believes that organ and tissue transplant is part of an ongoing treatment plan and for the best outcomes, rural patients need support in both clinical and mental health capacity. While away from home, Herd of Hope assists with recipients and carers accommodation costs, hospital parking costs and travel expenses. Once home, they assist with expenses and services such as peer support services and referrals to mental health services. In 2019, they assisted over 200 rural families nationally with financial assistance.


Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award

Animate Your Science of Adelaide is empowering scientists and the research community. Founded by Tullio Rossi, Animate Your Science (AYS) produces video animations and graphics that make research stand out and obtain visibility. The innovative tools enable researchers to reach audiences outside of their specific field and on a global scale, creating life-changing impact and visibility, a healthy dose of fun and understandable science. AYS tripled their sales in their third year and hired two full-time employees and a team of over 20 contractors. They have attracted $50,000 in angel investment and $23,000 in awards. AYS holds workshops on how researchers can improve their communication skills.