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.


2017 Finalists

Alzheimer's Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award

Barunga Village of Port Broughton accommodates 52 residents. At the completion of a 12-month pilot and rigorous grading, Barunga Village is now Australia’s first ‘Butterfly Home’. The ‘Butterfly Home’ model focusses on dementia patient’s emotions and quality of life, ensuring their rooms are colourful, highly engaging and emulating a home environment. Staff undergo ‘Being a Star’ training, determining their emotional intelligence so they can be matched appropriately to residents.

Dementia Friendly Communities Committee of Nuriootpa was formed by carers in 2015. Their aim is to positively influence the community’s perception of Dementia by creating awareness, open avenues of inclusion and equal access. They provide weekly Social Support groups for the over sixty five’s with a focus on frail aged and those living with Dementia. The Committee’s staff facilitate information sessions and ongoing workshops.

Matthew Flinders Home Inc of Port Lincoln opened in 1981 and is not for profit and community owned. They have 68 beds with a 13-bed secure dementia wing, run out of hours in-home palliative care and an in-home dementia respite service. Matthew Flinders Home operates a Day Centre for day therapy programs and has partnered with Kirton Point Children’s Centre to provide an intergenerational playgroup.

Southern Services Reform Group of Southern Metropolitan Adelaide supports the development of dementia services in Adelaide’s southern region. Since 2010 they have provided dementia forums and targeted dementia training. Some projects include a suite of driving and dementia films and carer campaigns and resources. The group created an innovative Library Memory Hub within the Noarlunga Library, the first in Australia and now being replicated in other libraries.

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 18 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 life for both miners and their families. Town members have also been trained to guide visitors during peak periods.

Paddle Steamer Marion of Mannum was built in 1897 and started her life as floating department store on the Darling River. She now offers Murray River overnight cruises and short cruises in Mannum. Operated by over 100 volunteers, she is one of the last steam driven, wood fired, original, overnight passenger carrying, side wheelers in the world. Paddle Steamer Marion is keeping Australia’s maritime heritage alive

Segway Sensation SA offers hour long Segway tours in the Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield Estate and Adelaide’s City Riverbank Precinct. Commencing with two tour guides in 2014, they now have seven staff. Their mission is to provide an adventurous, entertaining and informative tour using Segway Personal Transporters. The self-balancing electric scooters are controlled by gyroscopes and enable a tourist to cover greater distances than a walking tour.

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Anne Barbara of Warradale cares for her adult son, Daniel who has severe mental health and intellectual learning disabilities. She was a Well Ways Facilitator for the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia for six years and is a Carer Consultant for the Western Intermediate Care Centre. Since 2013, Anne has been a ‘Dignity in Care’ champion as a member of the Dignity in Care Working Group.

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.

Ian Ward of Parafield Gardens is the co-founder of a non-for-profit organisation called Asperlutely Autsome. He has three children who are all on the Autism Spectrum, and almost lost one of his daughters to suicide due to lack of available support. Ian has built a networking group for dads called Autism Dads Rock. For three years, Ian has been one of the SA camp leaders for Camp Autism.

Patricia Sutton of Semaphore has more than 25 years’ experience caring for her two sons diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is a regular guest lecturer for post-graduate students in Disability Studies. Patricia has been twice awarded the Sunflower Award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement and is a Life Member of the SA Mental Illness Fellowship. Her appearances championing family carers are presented on TV and radio across Australia.

Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award

Determined2® of West Lakes was started by Immersion Therapy™ founder Peter Wilson and was the breeding ground for the Immersion Therapy service. Determined2® provides Immersion Therapy™ for children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities providing increased access to movement. Determined2 received the 2016 Excellence in Inclusive Service Delivery Award at the National Disability Awards. They are now expanding Immersion Therapy services across Australia.

Sarah Hammond of Echunga is 23 and has since birth, battled with Juvenile Arthritis. Her vision is impaired and her medication is eating her stomach lining. Sarah is founder and CEO of Kids Arthritis, Australia’s first organisation solely dedicated to supporting the 1 in 1,000 children Australian children living with Juvenile Arthritis. She is the Australian Juvenile Arthritis Ambassador and the 2017 South Australian Young Citizen of the Year.

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 support people. 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.

Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

Kidsafe SA of North Adelaide delivers free child car restraint checking days for families in regional, remote and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Delivered from the Kidsafe Centre, they also provide road safety education and awareness. Additional services include training programs, advice over the phone and targeted resource development. Their aim is about educating and empowering parents and carers to make informed decisions about their child’s safety.

Sober Driver Program of Georgetown has been operating for three years. Mark Crawford has been instrumental in developing and implementing the sober driver initiative, where Georgetown and surrounding communities have access to a sober driver every Friday night. Mark has 22 volunteers registered who are rostered to drive every couple of months. The program prevents the temptation of driving home under the influence of alcohol.

Tailem Bend Football Club has been promoting road safety awareness programs since 2011. Each year, the Leahy/Kneebone Cup is 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 advertisement television commercial. This year the SA Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program was presented to the players.

Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Caitlin Byrt of Westbourne Park has identified genes in wheat contributing 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 won several research awards.

Melissa Rebbeck of Goolwa has been working in agriculture and climate for 20 years, conducted 20 projects and attracted 10 million dollars of research funds. She voluntarily writes a weekly Stock Journal article and championed the development of the Fleurieu Forward Farming Group. Melissa speaks at conferences and helped organise a soil health forum. She provides information and advice on improving farming productivity to over 1,000 producers annually.

Rural Directions Pty Ltd of Clare is SA's largest grain marketing and agricultural consultancy firm. They have been helping farmers and regional businesses grow and prosper since 1997 and offer holistic, independent and innovative services. Rural Directions has won several national business and agriculture awards. Rural Directions have 23 team members, a strong graduate program and multiple regional offices. They sponsor local community and sporting clubs.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Ananda Aged Care of Findon has 67 residents cared for by almost 100 employees. An annual Culture Day is hosted by staff and an end of year function celebrates the Employee of the Year. Ananda offers physiotherapy for staff, mandatory and informal staff-led training. Staff are encouraged to participate in the Staff Wellness Program which looks at cross cultural communication, grief and loss and stress management.

Edenfield Family Care of Parafield Gardens is a 50 bed boutique home, ten of which are dedicated for palliative care. Edenfield has 50 staff and 11 volunteers. All staff have Certificate 3 or 4 in Dementia Care and undergo a palliative care training program. Flexible short shifts are provided to increase family/work life balance for staff. Edenfield also encourages nursing students to apply for their clinical placement.

Helping Hand Aged Care Inc of Tranmere was established in 1953. They have 1,450 staff and 370 volunteers, and annually provide 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 provided to their many migrant workers.

Multicultural Aged Care Inc in Mile End has been the leading agency in aged and community care for older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, since incorporation in 1993. Staff and volunteers coordinate and facilitate Café 94; an activity–based, multicultural, social support program aimed at people over 65. Staff are provided with regular trainings and specific CALD perspectives on Manual Handling and Food Safety.

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

1802 Oyster Bar of Coffin Bay uses Eyre Peninsula seafood, and locally sourced produce. Their staff training consists of field visits to suppliers, wine service and knowledge training and menu tastings. Staff have been empowered to directly deal with any customer issues with the use of new technologies and training. 1802 received the 2017 "OpenTable Diner's Choice" Award and a "2017 Certificate of Excellence" from TripAdvisor.

Mercury Cinema Seniors on Screen - Gail Kovatseff of Morphett Vale is a 200-seat theatre, and includes the 34-seat Iris Cinema within the Media Resource Centre. Director Gail has implemented digital marketing strategies, resulting in over 8,500 Facebook followers across two sites. The Mercury Box Office has increased its business by more than 400% over 10 years by revitalising existing programs and implementing new programs like “Senior’s on Screen” and “Art After Dark”.

Instrument Choice - Tyson Grubb 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; won an Australian Telstra Business Award and is listed on the BRW Fast 100

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

AMSS APY Exchange of St Peters is a volunteer program initiated in 2014 by three medical students. The program is conducted annually in remote Aboriginal communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands. The program exposes future doctors to Aboriginal culture and builds knowledge and awareness around Indigenous health issues. Each school holiday program combines activities based around health promotion, such as sport and cooking.

Northern Passenger Transport Network of Melrose has since 1990, provided reliable transport to ensure access to medical and social services for residents living in over 20 rural towns. Predominantly staffed by volunteers, this service is vital for the elderly, socially or geographically isolated, carers and disabled persons. Last year the Northern Passenger Transport Network drove 7,500 hours on 2,670 car trips, with over 187,000 kilometres travelled.

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.

TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award

Adelaide T12 Cricket Nations Cup of St. Clair is an annual multicultural community cricket tournament with teams representing their native countries. The aim is to promote inclusiveness, understanding, physical activity, mental health and fun. In 2017 the Cup had 18 teams registered, over 250 participants and was officially endorsed by the South Australian Cricket Association. Four interns from Flinders Uni assisted at the event.

Major General (Rtd.) Vikram Madan of Northgate devotes his time to voluntary work for the Indian and CALD communities since migrating over 10 years ago. Vikram is currently an Ambassador and Vice Chair for Multicultural Aged Care, member of the Passenger Transport Standards Committee of the Government and the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission. He organised a fund-raising dinner for Nepal Earthquake victims raising $43,000.

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, providing emergency accommodation for homeless youth aged 12-18. Youth workers counsel the family in a 6-month program, to develop communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and mutual understanding.

Samuel Page of Uraidla is passionate about his community. He works full time as a physio, runs charity events and manages the website and Facebook page for the Summertown Tennis Club. He was a major contributor of a Grants Committee community meeting, where over 100 people including politicians and council members showed their support. The committee has now raised over $100,000 to resurface and extend the courts.


2016 Finalists

Alzheimer's Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award

Dementia Care in Hospital Program - Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Woodville involves extensive education of clinical and non-clinical hospital staff about the challenges of cognitive impairment. The program teaches staff of the importance of early identification and the nine communication principles. It has provoked a culture change and staff now think about how they approach, engage and communicate with patients. Last year 400 staff undertook the program with 1,000 staff to be trained by mid next year.

Eldercare embarked on a Dementia Excellence program in 2013 to change culture from task focused to person centred care to improve wellbeing for people living with dementia. Strategies include comprehensive education, focus groups, Dementia Care Mapping, environmental enrichment, maximum engagement and transformation of the dining experience. Using data collected from Dementia Care Mapping, improvements in wellbeing are shown across the organisation. Staff perceptions and resident outcomes were measured and Family Information Evenings held.

Lifecare of North Adelaide has partnered with Stirling University in Scotland to train staff in “Best Practice in Dementia Care.” Two Lifecare staff from each site undertook training and are now assisting eight staff at their respective sites to complete the program. Workshops on dementia care were also provided for core staff. The course is designed to give staff skills to enable residents irrespective of their cognitive functionality to live to the fullest, every day.

Ward 1D "The Club" Lyell McEwin Hospital of Elizabeth Vale has been instrumental in improving quality of care for patients with dementia requiring acute care. “The Club”, is a diversional therapy project bringing patients together every afternoon to socialise and complete activities including craft, exercises and games. Patients improve their physical strength and mobility and clients are engaged in a non-threatening manner. It assists in mood elevation, distraction, self worth, communication, sleep and behaviour.

Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA Tourism Award

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden of Port Augusta is an award winning 250 hectare eco-tourism destination attracting 91,000 visitors every year. The Garden showcases a diverse range of arid zone habitats, educational display gardens, conference facilities, native plant sales and information. Admission is free and the Garden is open seven days a week offering guided and self-guided tours. Last year, visitor numbers increased by 40% and gift and plant shop sales and corporate memberships have increased.

Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival of Kadina was first held in 1973 to celebrate the Copper Coast region’s significant Cornish heritage. The biannual Festival attracts up to 50,000 people. Activities include Cornish pasties and beer, Cornish music, Maypole and Furry Dancing, a Strongman competition and street procession. 300 volunteers work to stage the event. Visitation figures equate to an $8 million direct economic benefit for the local region and a $30 million flow-on benefit for the State.

Nullarbor Links - World's Longest Golf Course is an 18-hole par 73 course spanning 1,365 kilometres. There is one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre [air] Highway, from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie. Each hole includes a synthetic green, tee and rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. Nullarbor Links also caters for causal golfers, providing frequent stops to assist drivers with fatigue. Established in 2009 by the Eyre Highway Operators Association, the course has won several Awards.

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

Bob Burke of Daw Park and his wife Judy have cared for their daughter Melinda for 40 years. Melinda suffers from mental illness and a mild intellectual disability. Since 1998 Bob has also held roles with the Mood Disorders Association, the Mental Illness Fellowship and the Mental Health Coalition of SA. In 2012, they established a Carer Support Group for Carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. “Sanctuary” now has 140 enrolled members and was recently recognised with a Mind Community Award.

Dr Sharon Lawn of Warradale has since 2002, been caring for her husband who has significant mental illness and psychosocial disability. Sharon is a mother and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Flinders University and has personally dealt with Post Traumatic Stress and a serious tremor. Working with the Private Mental Health Consumer Care Network, the Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation and the Mental Health Coalition of SA, she advocates for people who experience mental illness and their carers.

Vanessa Kalderovskis of Hackham West is primary Carer for her father and her partner. She also has a five year old son, and runs her own business. She has attended Carer Dementia Workshops and assists with running the Young Adult Carer Program. Vanessa was lead artist and co-ordinator on “A Caring Portrait”, where ten carers created a mural, now on display at Carer Support, Morphett Vale. She continues to promote 'adult colouring-in' as a therapeutic respite for Adult Carers.

Grandeur Press Sports Award

Clare Reuther of Tranmere is ranked number one in Australia in Junior and Open Women’s Archery. At the 2016 Australian Indoor Archery Championships, Clare shot the highest female score and an Australian record of 287 of out 300, only 5 points less than the current Men’s record. Clare has represented Australia internationally since 2014 and won the Oceania Championships in Tonga and the Trans-Tasman Championships in New Zealand. Her goal is to compete in the Archery team for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Dean Paterson of Morphett Vale began playing croquet in 1982 and has competed in club, state and national competitions. He competed in the SA State Team from 1990 to 2010 and in 1995 was ranked the top player in Australia. Now aged 82, Dean competes in pennant and inter-club. In 2000 he founded the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club and has coached and refereed at state, national and international levels. He has been a state selector, and a laws and coaching committee member.

Kurtis Marschall of Happy Valley represents Australia in pole vaulting and cleared a height of 5.70 metres, 15 centimetres higher than his PB, to win the Mannheim Junior Gala in Germany. This qualified him for the 2016 Olympic Games, where he finished 15th in the Men’s Pole Vault. He was also a Silver Medalist at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Kurtis is the current Australian National Pole Vault Men’s Champion and is ranked number one under-20 pole vaulter in the world.

Norwood Swimming Club was established in 1972. Their programs provide clear development pathways including a High Performance Squad. They had three medalists at the Australian Age Championships. The Club finished 18th and ranked highest in SA. They won a relay medal at the Australian Open Championships and all four open water swimmers finished in the Top 10 for their age groups. The Club’s ENable program for swimmers with a disability has generated interest internationally and produced Liam Bekric, a Paralympic athlete for Rio 2016.

Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

Encounter Youth of Kings Park developed a road safety strategy in 1999 for school leavers. It’s called the “Schoolies Operation” for the “The Schoolies Festival” which runs over three nights and is alcohol and drug free. 650 volunteers assist at the Festival which offers a free bus service. Encounter Youth also provide Party Safe Education for young people about celebrating safely. Since “Schoolies Operation” began there have been no reported road accidents linked to the region’s school leavers.

Port Pirie & Districts Road Safety Group are dedicated volunteers educating vulnerable road users. Their initiative, “Positive P’s in Port Pirie”, is aimed at young road users. Group members and local police nominate P plate drivers displaying a positive driving example. 100 P plate driver nominations have been made. The Group also provides safe cycling tuition for primary school children. A remembrance ceremony is also held to support those affected by road trauma.

Tailem Bend Football Club has been organising and promoting road safety awareness programs since 2011. Each year, the Leahy / Kneebone Cup is held by the Club 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 advertisement that was shown on television and this year the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program was presented to the players.

Junction Australia Connecting Communities Award

Adelaide Community Bike Workshop is a not-for-profit charity providing bikes free of charge to refugees resettling in Adelaide as part of their “Bikes for Refugees” program. Donated bikes are cleaned, repaired and checked over by volunteers. Refugees are encouraged to visit the Workshop where low cost helmets, locks, second hand parts, tools to borrow, and free advice are provided. Since 2003, 3,000 bikes have been donated and repaired through the “Bikes for Refugees” program.

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival commenced in 1991 and has become one of South Australia’s leading regional arts festivals. The Festival promotes Penola’s rich literacy and cultural heritage, the fine wines of the Coonawarra and premium regional produce. It features art events, exhibitions, workshops and competitions. Also on offer are food and wine events, music, dance, drama, comedy and operatic performances and historical tours. Run by volunteers, the Festival is attended by 3,000 people each year.

The Lakelander Inc of Meningie is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who have since 1976, produced a free local newspaper. It is produced by 60 volunteers with costs being covered through advertising, donations and fundraising. Sporting groups and the general public submit articles and photographs with 820 papers printed and distributed weekly. An A3 size copy is also printed each week for the Jallarah Home for the Aged. This year, marks the 40th Anniversary of the publication.

Waikerie Men's Shed commenced in 2012 to provide a caring and inclusive environment for men. With 70 members, the Shed conducts a wide range of activities helping enhance self-esteem, improve health, work skills and ethics. Since 2014, members have provided 9,000 hours of community volunteering. They assisted Landcare with tree watering, plant surveys and trailer repairs and performed building works on the Scout Hall and local school. They also made wooden crosses and displays for RSL commemoration services.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Finding Workable Solutions Inc of Mount Barker is a not-for-profit organisation offering employment for people with disabilities and disadvantaged job seekers. The “Salvage and Save initiative” has been developed to create jobs with a focus on waste reduction and recycling, to lessen landfill and provide affordable second hand goods to the community. The project allows workers to develop communication skills, build relationships and complete a Certificate II in Retail or Asset Management.

Formby Bay Environmental Action Group of Southern Yorke Peninsula is a volunteer organisation. The group has initiated and managed 25 projects to create awareness of, and improve the fragile coastal environment. The 50 volunteers have raised over $9,000 through community events, to improve amenities and access along the coastline. Their tireless efforts have resulted in a cleaner environment and in 2015, they won the KESAB Sustainable Communities Natural Environment State Award.

MATES in Construction SA of Wayville is a no-cost suicide awareness and prevention program for Australian construction workers. MATES in Construction provides education and training programs, case management, referral to community support and a 24/7 helpline. Volunteer support staff have provided 486 workers with a one-hour General Awareness training and strive to change the culture by making it acceptable to seek help. They were also awarded Best Health and Wellbeing Program by Suicide Prevention Australia.

Rotary Club of St Peters has been providing services and support to their community for 59 years. The club has 40 Rotarian members and thousands of volunteer hours are contributed each year. Recycled goods are sold through the “Linde Shed” with all funds raised contributing to community and club initiatives. The Club has provided Meals on Wheels for 21 years, equipment for disabled children and assisted many homeless people to move into housing.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Boandik Lodge Incorporated of Mount Gambier is a not-for-profit organisation, with two retirement villages, four residential aged care facilities. The Lodge provides a broad range of community services to 520 clients. They offer staff flexible employment options, and encourage further education. Staff have the opportunity to attend 30 training sessions annually, and the facility has implemented a mentoring program for new staff. Other staff programs include fitness challenges, health checks, peer support and counselling.

Resthaven Incorporated is a not-for-profit aged care organisation established in 1935 They support 10,500 older South Australians through 22 aged care facilities and community service sites. Resthaven has 2,200 staff and 450 volunteers and all staff are encouraged to undertake professional development. They have well-established learning, development and wellbeing programs including the ‘Resthaven Fit’ Program. This year, 102 staff were recognised for 10 or more years of service and one staff member was recognised for 40 years of service.

The Society of Saint Hilarion Aged Care Inc of Seaton is a not for profit residential and community based aged care organisation. They employ 270 staff who provide quality care for 300 elderly clients. Saint Hilarion has developed the ‘SSH Holistic Approach to Wellness’ model. It includes the provision of a staff gym, weekly Pilates and Yoga classes and an organic market garden for residents, families and the community to enjoy.

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award

JACS - Jenkes Advocacy and Counselling Service of Yinkanie is owned and operated by Cynthea Jenke, an active advocate, counsellor and educator. Her target groups include those experiencing homelessness, child protection, mental health, and drug and alcohol issues. She uses a social media network forum to educate about early intervention and suicide prevention. Cynthea also promotes lawn bowls as a form of suicide prevention and is an Executive Committee Member for Riverland Community Suicide Network.

Julie Wilksch of Loxton has made significant voluntary contributions to mental health education over the past 30 years. Julie helped establish the Riverland Mental Health Support Group for carers to educate and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. As Chairperson of the Riverland Mental Health Network, she has assisted in the Riverland Mental Health Inpatient Pilot and development of the Riverland Mental Health Plans. Julie is also involved in several Mental Health support groups and Mental Health Week.

Waikerie Men's Shed provides a caring and inclusive environment. They offer a wide range of activities and programs to enhance each member’s self-esteem and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. In addition to volunteer initiatives within the community, the Shed runs health promotion sessions on men’s health issues. Qualified Health professionals provide information on diabetes, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis and dementia. There are 70 members who benefit from the Sheds health promotion and activities.

YP Vets - Pet Education and Therapy Visits of Kadina provide pet visits at preschools, schools and aged care facilities throughout Yorke Peninsula. The program is based on the proven relationship between handling animals and increased socialisation, improved mental health and better moods. Running for six years, YP Vets provides vet nurses and a vet for each visit, free of charge. Dr. Natalie Olding, Director of YP Vets, has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the program.


2015 Finalists

Grandeur Press Sports Award
• Jamie McInerney - Mount Gambier
• Peter Zuill - Glenelg
• Sophie Eckel - West Beach

Hunt & Hunt Lawyers Community Road Safety Award
• COTA SA - Cota
• Michael and Glynnis Holbrook - Woodville South
• Red Cross Baby Seats - Mile End
• Whyalla Road Safety - Whyalla Playford

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
• Barry Samuel - Gumeracha
• Julie Nunn - North Plympton
• Maurice Wegener - Murray Bridge
• Vanessa Kalderovskis - Hackham West

Junction Australia Connecting Communities Award
• Milang and District Community Association Inc - Milang
• The Power of 3 - Evanston Park
• Somerton SEALs - Somerton SLSC Nipper Program - Somerton Park
• Welcome to Australia - West Croydon

Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia Dementia Care Excellence Award
• ACH Group - Mile End
• Careship Coorong - Coonalpyn
• House of Saint Hilarion - Seaton

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
• Kristina Alexander - Robe
• Lisa Sartorio Physiotherapy - Jamestown
• Nel Jans - Mount Gambie

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Barossa Area Fundraisers for Cancer Inc - Barossa Valley
• Millicent Community Builders - Millicent
• Seeds of Affnity - Pathways for Women Inc - Croydon
• The Compassionate Friends SA Inc - Woodville South


2014 Finalists

Angove Family Winemakers Small Business Achievement Award
• Gelista Premium Gelati - Ridleyton
• Rainbow Fresh – Lewiston
• Redgum Vet and Pet Boarding – Port Augusta

Hunt and Hunt Lawyers Community Road Safety Award
• City of Tea Tree Gully Road & Cycle Safety Centre - Modbury
• Eli Murn – Park Holme
• Road Trauma Support Team of SA - Thebarton

Alzheimer’s Australia South Australia Dementia Care Excellence Award
• Barunga Village – Port Broughton
• Gabriella Szondy - Athelstone
• Mt View Homes – Booleroo Centre

Grandeur and Kookaburra Press Sports Award
• Elizabeth Sobecki - Lobethal
• Megan Domarecki - Henley Beach
• Samantha Craig - Roseworthy
• Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera - Grange

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
• Christine Flynn - Plympton
• Jennifer Lorraine Farnden - Myponga
• Joy Whitehorn - Fulham

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Community Rural Health and Wellbeing Award
• Bill Stockman - Renmark
• Ceduna Youth Hub - Ceduna
• The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc - Wallaroo

Haigh’s Chocolates Volunteering Award
• Emma Hale – Plympton Park
• Joseph Smyczek – Bute
• Michael Boon – McLaren Vale
• Sardia Kakoschke - Bordertown

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Backpacks 4 SA Kids - Adelaide
• BIL/ACE - Keith
• Whyalla Men's Shed Inc. – Whyalla Norrie


2013 Finalists

Medibank Community Healthy Participation Award
• Headspace Noarlunga Youth Reference Group
• Orroroo Community Gym Inc
• Sammy D Foundation - Reynella
• Umeewarra Media Aboriginal Corporation - Port Augusta

Fivestar Print Environment and Sustainability Award
• Darren Schmitke - Waikerie
• BirdLife Australia Gluepot Reserve - Stonyfell
• Eco Bums the Cloth Nappy Library - Torrensville

Hunt and Hunt Lawyers Community Road Safety Award
• Barunga West Community Road Safety Group
• Fleurieu Road Safety Group Inc, VICTOR HARBOR
• Gawler Road Safety Group, EVANSTON GARDENS
• Save A Life Australia, FLAGSTAFF HILL

SA Power Networks Leadership and Innovation Award
• Margaret Button - Minlaton
• Tyele Riddle - Mawson Lakes
• Phillip Tann - Redwood Park

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Community Rural Health and Wellbeing Award
• Judy Bagg - Tailem Bend
• Jennifer Farnden - Myponga
• The Station Community Mental Health Centre Inc - Wallaroo

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
• Marcia Johnson Timm - Eden Valley
• Jenny Potter - Glenside
• Travis Saunders - Joslin 

Haigh’s Chocolates Career Achievement Award
• Steven Cameron - Mile End
• Belinda Pringle - Balaklava
• Frank Seeley AM - Lonsdale 

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Harvest Festival - McLaren Vale
• Hats Inc (Heritage Arts and Traditions) - Auburn
• Mentoring EP - Port Lincoln
• Sustainable Communities SA Inc - Marden


2012 Finalists

Baulderstone Community Service and Volunteering Award
• Linda Vining
• Dalice Kennedy

Fivestar Print Environment and Sustainability Award
• Alexandra Hammett
• Marymount College Sustainability Action Group

Haigh's Chocolates Career Achievement Award
• Chris Brandwood
• Steven Cameron

Hunt and Hunt Lawyers Community Road Safety Award
• Barunga West Community Road Safety Group
• Eli Murn

Medibank Community Healthy Participation Award
• Brighton Surf Life Saving Club Inc.
• St John Community Care SA

Nova Systems Science and Technology Award
• Seeley International
• Bob Ramsay

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Arno Bay Progress Association Inc
• Soroptimist International Torrens

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
• Mid Murray Council
• Dr David Rosenthal

SA Power Networks Leadership and Innovation Award
• Sarah Carrick
• Sid James

T & R Pastoral Primary Industries and Agriculture Award
• Solar Eggs
• Mitolo Group Pty Ltd

2011 Finalists

BlueScope Leadership and Innovation Award
• Anne-Marie Stevanovic
• Adair Dunsford

Candetti Sports Award
• Leanne Choo
• Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy Inc

Fivestar Print Environment and Sustainability Award
• Conservation Council of South Australia Inc
• Ridley Grove Community Garden

Medibank Community Healthy Participation Award
• Karla Canuto
• RFDS Central Operations HLP Team

Prime Super Business Achievement Award
• 4 Businesses of Terowie
• Gerard Ramsay-Matthews

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Community Rural Health and Wellbeing Award
• General Practice Network South (GPNS)
• YP Leisure Options
• Mervyn Hollitt

T & R Pastoral Primary Industries and Agriculture Award
• Kangaroo Island Pure Grain
• YP Alkaline Soils Group Inc.

Take Care Community of the Year Award
• Riding for the Disabled Blackwood Centre
• Cummins and District Enterprise Committee


2010 Finalists

Fasta Pasta Career Achievement Award
• Nouha Jaber
• Jianna Georgiou
• Vince Coulthard

Take Care Community of the Year Award
• National Service's Mens Association Eyre Peninsula Sub Branch
• The Gathering Inc.
• YP Leisure Options

Fivestar Print Environment and Sustainability Award
• Alice Springs Town Council
• Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve
• Award Hindmarsh Greening

BlueScope Distribution Leadership and Innovation Award
• Eric Bennett
 Mick Harley
• Kerry Lewis

Angove Family Winemakers Primary Industries and Agricultural Award
• Barossa Farmers Market
• Gemtree Vineyards
• McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
• Lifeline Country to Coast SA Inc
• Meals on Wheels Mount Gambier Branch
• The Gathering Inc.

Kleenheat Gas Volunteering Award
• Eric Bennett
• Mostyn Hancock
• Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders