South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2017 Winners of the South Australian Community Achievement Awards

 TV ad featuring all the winners, as seen on Channel 7.



2017 Winners with Hon Zoe Bettison MP, Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion and MC, Jessica Adamson, Channel 7

Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA Tourism Award

Blinman Heritage Mine was opened in 2011. It was an initiative of the Blinman Progress Association in a town of only18 permanent residents, to lift the economy of their town and surrounding area. Visitors are transported back to the 1860’s on an hour-long guided underground tour learning about the life of miners and their families. Town members have also been trained to assist with guiding visitors during peak periods.

Michael Griggs, Board Member, Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA presented Blinman Heritage Mine with the Tourism Award 

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Christine Flynn of Plympton has cared for two family members disabilities for over 30 years. She served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for students with disabilities and is the Special Education All Schools Carer Support Group Coordinator. Christine has advocated for cares for many years and lobbied politicians and departmental heads. She was recently appointed to the Disability Justice Plan Advisory Committee for the Attorney Generals Department in South Australia.

David Militz, Chief Executive Officer, Carers SA presented Richard Flynn, representing Christine Flynn with the Carer Achievement Award

Dementia Australia Dementia Care Excellence Award

Barunga Village of Port Broughton has completed a 12-month pilot to become Australia’s first accredited ‘Butterfly Home’. There is a key belief that ‘feelings matter most’ and the focus is on dementia patient’s emotions and quality of life. The Butterfly model integrates families and removes all institutionalised, task orientated care. People live in houses with others at a similar stage of dementia and staff connect emotionally with each person.

Rajiv Chand, Manager Community Services, Dementia Australia – SA Division presented Barunga Village with the Dementia Care Excellence Award

Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award

WCYCS Partnership with Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula of Port Lincoln is a group of women who had a collective vision to flip mental illness on its head; to stop talking about the negative, and up skill people that provide support. Their Mentally Fit EP project focusses on developing capacity and belief that a person can make positive choices to influence their mental wellbeing. They also deliver “Take Charge” FREE workshops.

Ross Verschoor, Head of Development, Flinders Foundation presented WCYCS Partnership with Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula with the Leadership & Innovation in Health Award

Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

Tailem Bend Football Club has been promoting road safety awareness programs since 2011. Each year, the Leahy/Kneebone Cup is also held to remember two girls from the River Murray Football League who lost their lives in road accidents. In 2015, the Club was involved in a Motor Accident Commission television advertisement. This year the SA Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program was presented to the players.

Brenton James, Managing Principal, Jones Harley Toole presented Tailem Bend Football Club with the Community Road Safety Award

Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Caitlin Byrt of Westbourne Park has identified genes in wheat that contribute to salinity tolerance, and that breeding them into the wheat will increase grain yield by 25%. Caitlin developed tools that have been distributed to 18 countries, so plant breeders and farmers can improve the salinity tolerance of local wheat varieties. She has published numerous scientific papers, is invited to speak at international conferences, and has won several research awards.

Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia, Prime Super presented Caitlin Byrt with the Agricultural Innovation Award

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Helping Hand Aged Care of Tranmere was established in 1953. They have 1,450 staff and 370 volunteers, annually providing services to 4,200 clients. Helping Hand has introduced a staff App, providing access to training, news, updates and the core streams; My actions, My learning and My wellness. The staff undergo customer service training and culturally appropriate training is also provided to their many migrant workers.

Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia, Prime Super presented Helping Hand Aged Care Inc with the Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Instrument Choice of Dry Creek is an online scientific equipment store. All sales consultants have science degrees and practical scientific experience. CEO, Tyson Grubb has set in-house customer service metric benchmarks and brings learning based videos to meetings to inspire and upskill staff. Beginning from his bedroom, Instrument Choice now has a revenue of $3 million, is listed on the BRW Fast 100 and won an Australian Telstra Business Award.

Jonathan Hines, Regional W/sale Mgr – South, Ricoh Australia presented Tyson Grubb with the Customer Service Award

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

The Postnatal Project of Port Lincoln is a not for profit initiative aimed at reducing the stigma of postnatal depression, especially for rural women. The website and blog hosts links to support services and information and tips on supporting someone experiencing PND. Founder and creative Director, Zelma Broadfoot uses her personal story to regularly speak at postnatal classes and has been interviewed and featured in numerous publications.


Lesley Johns, Media and Communications, Rural Doctors Workforce Agency presented The Postnatal Project with the Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award.

TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award

Ruby’s Advisory Group of Adelaide is a volunteer committee, created in 2016, to give youth input to the youth homelessness sector. All members of the Group have previously been engaged with the Ruby’s Reunification Program. There are four Ruby houses that provide emergency accommodation for homeless youth aged 12 to 18. Youth workers counsel the family over a six month program, to develop communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and mutual understanding.

Robin Murt, Chief Executive, TAFE SA presented Ruby's Advisory Group with the Connecting Communities Award