Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2016 Winners


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

Pearns Steam World of Westbury has been in operation since 1987 and features a nationally significant assortment of steam engines, tractors, farm equipment and 1950’s memorabilia. In 2001, the Pearn brothers donated their now extremely valuable collection in trust to the museum. Operated entirely by volunteers from the Westbury Preservation Association, the agricultural museum is open daily and brings visitors from all over the world. This year they will host a Ferguson Tractor Muster to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Ferguson Tractor.



MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Paul Pritchard of Taroona sustained an acquired brain injury, hemiplegia and post-traumatic epilepsy during an accident during a World Mountaineering trip in 1998. Paul has since written three books and received the Boardman/Tasker Award and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. He has featured in films documenting his adventures and has returned to active sports. This year Paul was Keynote Speaker at the National Disability Insurance Agency Senior Executive Service Forum. He plans to cycle to the highest point of Mount Kosciuszko, a first for anyone, disabled or able-bodied.

Pictured: Paul Pritchard represented by Duncan Meerding

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment Award

Sustainable Living Tasmania collaborated with Mission Australia and the University of Tasmania on the Get Bill Smart project. The aim was to improve home energy efficiency, increase indoor comfort and reduce energy bills for low-income households. The project has reduced energy consumption in participating Tasmanian households, reducing carbon emissions and pressure on energy infrastructure. The knowledge gained during the Get Bill Smart project has also created a foundation on which future energy efficiency support approaches will be built for Government and social support sector projects.



Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

Emma Price of Riverside founded Source Kids magazine 3 years ago. As a parent of a child with special needs, Emma identified the need for a resource to deliver relevant, reliable and current information to parents and carers. Distributed nationally, Source Kids magazine reaches over 430,000 people each month. Emma has invested $80,000 to build the magazine and works an average of 30 hours a week unpaid, in addition to her full time work. Last year, she was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.


Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Rotary Club of Scottsdale initiated the North East Rail Trail Project in 2015 to reinvigorate the community and generate economic activity in the region. The Rotary Club consulted, planned, financed and executed its construction. The project resulted in the construction of a 28 kilometre world-class rail trail between Scottsdale and Billy Cock Hill. In response to the Project, two new Scottsdale businesses have opened and it is estimated that 200 people use the trail for walking, jogging and cycling each week.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

The Salvation Army Barrington Lodge of New Town is a Residential Aged Care Facility, home to 77 residents. Residents are offered hairdressing, physiotherapy, podiatry, optometry, garden club, bingo and walking group activities. Barrington Lodge supports their 92 staff to undertake further training, and six staff have recently completed their Diploma of Nursing. A Health and Wellbeing initiative has been developed and an annual Harmony Day is held to celebrate cultural diversity in the workplace. Barrington Lodge was awarded the 2012 Tasmanian Government ‘Employer of Choice’ award.


EPA Sustainability Award

Greenham Tasmania and Botanical Resources Australia of Smithton established a partnership to convert pyrethrum waste into clean biofuel briquettes, as a substitute to coal. Greenham now solely burns the pyrethrum briquettes and have reduced their stack emissions by more than 75% and reduced carbon intensity of above 90%. This innovation has benefits such as a cheaper energy source, lower emissions and reduced transport and trucking in the area. The project provides clean and carbon neutral air-emissions with significant benefits and impacts on the environment.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award

Women's TRY-athlon and Fun Run Committee of Circular Head held their first Try-Athlon and Fun Run in 2015, which was open to women of all fitness levels. Women choosing the triathlon or the fun run/walk, received a ten week pre training program consisting of group exercise sessions, nutrition and mind-set workshops. An online support system encouraged participants to share their training journey and a community dinner was held for 280 people. 180 women aged 18 to 82 entered the event and many continue to train together.



Betta Milk "Make It Betta" Health Achievement Award

Mitch McPherson of Tranmere established the SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY charity after losing his brother to suicide in 2013. The charity aims to prevent suicide by spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it. Mitch has presented to over 200 schools, workplaces and sporting clubs. He has raised almost $200,000 and increased awareness of mental health through his school programs. Supported by eight committee members, Mitch hopes to make SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY a national charity and deliver his school programs throughout Australia.