Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2017 Winners of the Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards


Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award

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 5,000 from 150 schools. The Challenge has now become the premier school based lifestyle event in Tasmania.

Mark Littler, General Manager, Betta Milk presented Tim Smith with the Health Achievement Award


EPA Sustainability Award

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.

Warren Jones, Chair, Board of the Environment Protection Authority presented the City of Hobart with the Sustainability Award


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

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.


Steve Taylor, Regional Operations Manager - Tasmania, Fonterra Australia presented Petuna Group with the Agriculture Award


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award

parkrun Tasmania is an inclusive, community based initiative catering for all ages and abilities. They provide free, timed 5km runs or walks. parkrun Tasmania launched in 2012 with 82 participants and eight volunteers. They now have 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.

Kate Kent, Executive Director, Communities, Sport and Recreation, Department of Premier and Cabinet presented parkrun with the Physical Activity Award


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

Hina and Waqas Durrani of Hobart came from Pakistan to continue their education and have since become 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.

Ald Heather Chong, CEO, QEW Orchards presented Hina and Waqas Durrani with the Outstanding Achiever Award 


MAIB Disability Achievement Award

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.

Teena James, Injury Management Advisor, MAIB presented David Cawthorn with the Disability Achievement Award


Prime Super Business Achievement Award

The NILS Network of Tasmania 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 cars. The No Interest Loan Scheme has subsequently supported local business suppliers with additional purchases of over $20 million worth of goods and services.

Nicholas Birt, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented The NILS Network of Tasmania with the Business Achievement Award


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

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


Nicholas Birt, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Masonic Care Tasmania with theEmployer Excellence in Aged Care Award 


Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award

Produce to the People 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 17,000 people from low-income households experiencing food insecurity.

Phil Brasington, General Manager, Ricoh Business Centre Hobart presented Produce to the People with the Community Group of the Year Award


Wildcare Environmental Volunteering Award

Tasman Landcare Group of Nubeena has for 20 years, been finding innovative and practical ways to look after the environment whilst managing productive farms and recreational areas. Achievements include planting 50,000 native trees and installing 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.


Andrew Smith, Founder and Co-Chair, WILDCARE Inc presented Tasman Landcare Group with the Environmental Volunteering Award