Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards


2017 Finalists


Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award
• Epilepsy Tasmania has been improving the quality of life and community participation of Tasmanians living with or affected by epilepsy for over 40 years. The recently established ‘Epilepsy Connect’ is the world's first telephone-based peer support service. Their ‘Smart Schools; Educate Me, Include Me Program’ is improving education outcomes for children with epilepsy. Their three full time equivalent staff and numerous volunteers help with fundraising and awareness-raising initiatives.

• Rural Alive & Well Inc of Oatlands is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2009 to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide. RAW's service is free and confidential, with nine outreach workers throughout all of Tasmania. In 12 months the outreach workers had over 3,800 client contacts and their five year goal is to reduce the Tasmanian suicide rate by 50%

• Tim Smith of Sandy Bay is a PE Teacher at Blackmans Bay Primary School. In 2008, Tim founded and organised the Schools Triathlon Challenge to engage students in active and healthy activities, and the opportunity to achieve personal goals. The event started with 1,861 students and has grown to attract over 5,000 students from 150 schools. The Challenge has now become the premier school based lifestyle event in Tasmania.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award
• Intercultural Sports League Inc of Newtown delivers the “Sport for all Program”. They introduce new arrivals and migrant communities to the Australian Sports Culture and encourage them to participate in and learn new sports. Sports include futsal, netball and cricket with coaching clinics and tournaments. The program has over 350 members and a regular sports radio segment on Edge 99.3, called ‘Beyond the Game’.

parkrun Tasmania is an inclusive, community based initiative catering for all ages and all abilities. They provide free, timed, 5km run or walks. parkrun Tasmania launched in 2012 with 82 participants and eight volunteers. They now have over 10,000 registered runners across four events, with between 600-800 participants and 40 volunteers state-wide each week. Their vision is to have one parkrun event in every local council area.

• YMCA of Hobart produced an All Ability initiative in 2012 to support those with a disability to be active. Monthly, over 200 participants are offered individual programs and can set their own goals and monitor their progress. The All Ability program can also increase fitness which may be required for employment. YMCA Hobart works in partnership with national sporting bodies to ensure the high quality of their programs.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
• Masonic Care Tasmania has 500 staff and 88 volunteers. They have 387 residents and provide community support annually to 36,000 clients. The staff Health and Wellbeing Program, incorporates free flu and Hep B vaccinations, free fruit, employee engagement surveys and incentive programs. A Performance Management Framework maps employee’s professional development aspirations and outcomes. Staff are provided a corporate health and education package and an Employee Assistance Program.

• South Eastern Community Care of Sorell has been operating for over 45 years. They have 120 staff and volunteers, three Day Centres and support annually over 800 community clients in rural and remote areas of Southern Tasmania. The staff training policy is updated annually and staff undergo paid training and courses. All staff have access to flexible working conditions around personal and family commitments.

• Uniting AgeWell has eight residential aged care facilities, eight independent living complexes and provide community services annually to over 1,000 clients. Their 760 staff have a dedicated Education and Training Team for professional development. Uniting AgeWell is undergoing a Rainbow Tick certification to be LGBTI inclusive and are an Employer of Choice for women. Managers undergo leadership training and Registered Nurses are provided post graduate mentoring and support.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Craig Machen of Somerset is a life member of the Surf Life Saving Club and career Fire Fighter. He educates children and the community about fire safety, first aid and CPR. In 1990 Craig was involved in a work accident, causing significant injuries. He overcame potential paralysation and suffered PTSD. Craig circumnavigated Tasmania in a sea kayak, travelling 2,500 kilometres and raised over $50,000 for Motor Neuron Disease.

• Judi Adams of Hobart is the Voluntary Chair for the Hobart Committee for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In 14 years Judi has volunteered more than 12,000 hours for many organisations and charities. The events she assisted and hosted for the National Breast Cancer Foundation raised over $420,000 for breast cancer research. This includes a self-funded trip to Spain, trekking 30km each day for five days, raising $14,000.

• Hina and Waqas Durrani of Hobart came from Pakistan to continue their education and are now Australian citizens. The siblings are agents for innovation and peacebuilding within their own community and the culturally and linguistically diverse community. They have volunteered in areas of health, education, human rights, cultural activities, religious understanding and charitable organisations. They are achieving their goals through hard work and are role models to all.

• Matt Hill of New Norfolk has written 45 successful grant applications for the Derwent Valley Council and seven for community projects. He assisted with developing and implementing mental health support initiatives; ‘Community of Wellness’ and the ‘Derwent Valley Suicide Awareness Group’. He was also involved with many educational initiatives including the Derwent Valley Learning Precinct. Matt continues to oversee the development of the Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team


MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Ben Winwood of Launceston has suffered significant setbacks, including Tourette's syndrome, depression and a severe car accident that left him paralysed. He volunteers for community art programs as photographer, graphic designer and cartoonist, and donates his artwork to worthy fundraising programs. He has been a spokesperson for the disability sector. Highlights for Ben are playing wheelchair basketball, cartooning in the LGH Children’s Ward and conquering the 2016 Balfour Burn.

• David Cawthorn of Kingston has been a ParaQuad Tasmania member for 23 years and is now Chairperson. He is on the Hobart City Council’s Access Advisory Committee, Chairperson for the Ministers Disability Advisory Committee and a member of the Premier’s Advisory Committee. David Peer Mentors at the Austin Hospital and talks to groups about discrimination. He advocates for in-house design and transport to be improved for those with disabilities.

 Steve Colwell of Scottsdale established a unique clothes and items Swap Meet, where those in need can come and take what they want, free of charge. Steve has overcome debilitating depression, and anxiety to gain the ability to meet, mix and connect with other people as a volunteer in his Community. He has partnered with local organisations to get donations of items and met with Government seeking support.


Prime Super Business Achievement Award
• The NILS Network of Tasmania Inc is a network of 70 community organisations and 300 volunteers. Since 2002, they have assisted 15,000 low income Tasmanians apply for interest free loans for essential items such as washing machines, heating and safe tyres for their car. The No Interest Loan Scheme has supported local suppliers by purchasing from them, over $20 million worth of goods and services.

Neveco Business I.T Solutions of Devonport has been a complete technology solutions provider for 10 years. Their superior customer service and client referrals has seen them expand over 4 years from two to six staff. Tasmanian owned and operated, Neveco sponsors numerous sporting clubs, charities and events with support, software or hardware. They were a Finalist in the 2017 Skills Australia and Telstra Business Awards.

• S. Group of Launceston are a unique multi-disciplinary studio, integrating architecture, with brand and marketing services. In six years they have grown from 1 to 31 staff across three offices. They have been featured on Grand Designs Australia, the BRW Fast 100 list and won multiple awards. S. Group donated over $170,000 in cash and services last financial year to local and global charities and community projects


 EPA Sustainability Award

• Burnie City Council operates the Burnie Waste Management Centre Leachate Treatment project. The treatment wetland project has been a successful solution to managing landfill leachate on-site, in a sustainable manner. The environmental flows have been reinstated to the Cooee Creek tributary, which contains nationally protected fauna, including the Burnie Burrowing Crayfish. The wetland system is a community asset providing educational and research values.

• MMG Rosebery is an underground, polymetallic base metal mine and has been in continuous operation since 1936. The existing mine tailing storage facilities and dams were upgraded to reduce seepage, resulting in improved water quality and fish and macro-invertebrate abundance and diversity in the Stitt River. MMG is one of the largest employers in Tasmania and actively supports art and culture programs, events, carnivals and sports clubs.

• University of Tasmania’s Sustainable Transport Strategy summarises information on transport issues within the University community. The aim is to deliver more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable transport outcomes and travel behaviours. Students developed a mobile app to streamline data collection. Some of the outcomes include six new bike hubs, 600 parking rails, 24 bike lockers, nine bus stop shelters and solar powered voucher machines.

• City of Hobart’s Waste Management Strategy is to achieve zero waste to landfill by 2030, coinciding with the closure of the City’s landfill. The Strategy details over 90 actions, including a garden waste collection service which has diverted 3,000 tonnes of organic waste from landfill. The Strategy has led to ewaste being repurposed, dismantled and recycled, providing social benefits through local employment and significantly reducing emissions.


 Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

• Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café of Elizabeth Town was established in 1984 by the Dornauf Family. Initially a dairy business, they saw a demand for Farm Gate experiences. The Dairy and Berry Farm employ 30 staff all year and the Berry farm employs 60 staff over summer. The café is part of the producer led tourist initiative, Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

• Lindsay Bourke of Launceston took a small honey business and grew it into the largest in Tasmania winning multiple awards including the World’s Best Honey. He is the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Chairman and President of the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association. Lindsay advocates for increased National biosecurity to protect the industry. To combat the shortage of qualified beekeepers in Tasmania, Lindsay implemented a beekeeper training program.

Petuna Group of Devonport was founded 67 years ago and is Australia’s largest domestic retail supplier of salmon. Petuna has achieved Best Aquaculture Practice accreditation for two species. Their state-of-the-art Cressy Hatchery, enables triple production of smolt utilising the same amount of water; less than five per cent of water used in traditional systems. This has provided sustainable growth without increased impact on the environment and river system.

• Tasmanian Women in Agriculture of Latrobe is a voluntary organisation that was formed in 1994 to change farming culture and support women in agriculture. Their 1,000 members have access to leadership training, mentoring and education opportunities. The quarterly newspaper, website and social media are used as ways to connect and encourage isolated women. Scholarships were provided for 40 women to attend an interstate Leadership Program.


 Wildcare Environmental Volunteering Award

• Bob and Penny Tyson of South Hobart have spent over 15 years writing weed management plans, funding applications, reports and articles. They have planned and led over 37 working bees, collaborating with eight Wildcare Inc Groups. Collectively, they have organised and led 368 volunteers, contributing 'in kind' to the order of $962,500 in remote area weed management at many high value Reserves in Tasmania.

• Tasman Landcare Group Inc of Nubeena has for over 20 years, been finding innovative and practical ways to look after the environment whilst managing productive farms and recreational areas. Achievements include planting over 50,000 native trees and installing over 100km of fencing to protect remnant vegetation. They facilitate countless workshops, publications and field days to educate and engage the broader community in sustainable land management.

• Sea Spurge Remote Area TeamS of South Hobart is a partnership of volunteer groups and Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife. SPRATS has over the last 11 years weeded over 14.2 million sea spurge plants and sprayed thousands of marram grass clumps. The mostly World Heritage listed west and south coasts between Cape Sorell and Cockle Creek are now largely weed free and shore-nesting and feeding birds are gaining a stronghold.


 Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award

• Produce to the People Inc of Cooee was established in 2009 as a social profit food relief organisation. Set on two acres within Burnie High School, twelve volunteers operate a four-season farm, education centre and emergency food relief hub. In 2016 they partnered with food organisations and retail companies and donated 41,000 kilos of fresh produce to over 17,000 people from low-income households experiencing food insecurity.

• Burnie Community House Inc was founded 32 years ago. The Hilltop Fresh Produce Project is a community food hub with programs, workshops and services that focus on health & wellbeing.
The Hilltop Central Project, established in 2014 is a community-run enterprise providing volunteers with training, new skills and support networks. Over 150 people have been successful in gaining accredited training with over 65 people transitioning into employment

• Meander Valley Online Inc of Deloraine is a community organisation incorporated in 2003, in response to the discontinuation of their local paper. 9,300 copies of the 16 page Meander Valley Gazette are printed and delivered, free each month, to all homes and businesses in the Meander Valley Council area. Mostly volunteers, 30 people are involved in the production of the paper which shines a light on local stories.