Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2018 Winners 


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Care Forward has empowered older Tasmanians to live well at home since 1999. They adopt a staff ‘wellness’ approach with ergonomic workstation reviews and the introduction of sit to stand desks. Staff are supported with an employee assistance program, free Pilate’s classes and access to the gym in the Care Forward Wellness Centre. To improve workplace health and culture a project called THRIVE was initiated; The Healthy Revolution in Valuing Employees.

Stephen Pratt - General Manager, Operations, Prime Super presented Care Forward with the Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

Lindsay Bourke of Launceston now has the largest honey business in Tasmania and is much awarded in including the 2016 National Agribusiness Export Award. He received the 2015 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year for his work on Hygienic Behaviour in Bees as a method to lessen the impact of the Varroa Destructor Mite. Combating the critical shortage of beekeepers Lindsay has implemented a trainee program providing qualified beekeepers to the industry.

Steve Taylor, Regional Operations Manager - Tasmania, Fonterra Australia presented Lindsay Bourke with the Agriculture Award


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

Juanita Westbury of Glebe is a community pharmacist, committed to ensuring the appropriate use of sedating medication in aged care. She developed the ‘RedUSe’ project through her PHD research, aiming to reduce the use of medications for dementia, anxiety and sleep through audit, education and review. The successful RedUSe project was trialled in 25 Tasmanian Aged Care Homes then expanded to 150 Homes nationally and has recently received a Mental Health Services Award.

Ald Heather Chong, CEO, QEW Orchards presented Juanita Westbury with the Outstanding Achiever Award


Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award

Family Food Patch of North Hobart aims to improve the health and well-being of Tasmanian children by creating a network of motivated volunteer parents and community workers, known as Family Food Educators. Through a comprehensive 30 hour training program, Family Food Educators are provided with expert training, information and resources to assist them to address common food and physical activity. The reach of the Family Food Patch program across Tasmanian communities is diverse and expansive.

Neville Latimer, Chairman, Betta Milk presented Family Food Patch with the Health Achievement Award


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award

YMCA of Hobart provides Youth Active programs for over 500 primary and high school students to participate in physical activity, develop skills and find their talent. Youth Active is made up of four key sports streams: Schools YEP, an outreach sport and recreation program, Mountain Bike Skills, Skate Park League and the Aquatic Squad. They fund community programs through any profits made by their programs and facilities.

The Hon. Jacquie Petrusma MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation presented YMCA of Hobart with the Physical Activity Award


MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Nate Cripps of Invermay has been profoundly deaf since birth. Working as a cleaner for 14 years, Nate knew he was destined for more. He and his partner Warren opened Tweetie L'amour Pet Emporium and he is proudly Tasmania’s first profoundly deaf person to open and run his own business. Recently the business has partnered with a disability organisation that offers employment opportunities for people living with a disability. Tweetie L'amour currently employs four trainees.

Teena James, Injury Management Advisor, MAIB presented Nate Cripps with the Disability Achievement Award


Prime Super Business Achievement Award

Access Solutions Tasmania of Blackmans Bay is a 100% Tasmanian owned family business, with 23 staff and celebrating 25 years in operation. Initially concentrating on architectural products and access ladders, Access Solutions is now one of Tasmania’s leading providers of lifts, escalators and access equipment. They provide maintenance, modernisations, 24/7 service and complete design construct packages. They completed the largest project in Tasmanian vertical transport history and have been awarded Employer of Choice.

Rod Stewart - National Relationship Manager, Prime Super presented Access Solutions Tasmania with the Business Achievement Award


Rural Health Tasmania Innovation in Mental, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award

Matthew Etherington of Taroona has championed social inclusion, mental health and community resilience. He is a volunteer and paid coach for the Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program, using sport to improve the lives of those experiencing disadvantage, intellectual disabilities and homelessness. He has volunteered over 1215 hours to sports, arts, community development and youth engagement. Matthew organised subsidised Mental Health First Aid training to university students, contributing $1,500 of his own money.

Robert Waterman, CEO of Rural Health Tasmania presented the Matthew Etherington with the Innovation in Mental, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award.


Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award

The Story Island Project, Moonah is a non-profit organisation co-founded by Kate Gross and Emily Bullock to improve young people’s literacy skills through creative storytelling. They provide free workshops and publishing projects and work closely with schools and community groups. Their mission is to improve confidence and literacy skills of the most disadvantaged Tasmanians through the power of story. Through story, young people can develop their enthusiasm for writing and craft their own voice.

Phil Brasington, General Manager, Ricoh Business Centre Hobart presented The Story Island Project with the Community Group of the Year Award


EPA Sustainability Award

Clean Rivers and Fert$mart Partners of Port Sorell partnered with DairyTas, farmers, industry and NRM Tasmania to collaborate on protecting and improving water quality. 137 farmers have undertaken Clean Rivers and Cows out of Creeks projects, increased effluent storage volumes and extended effluent irrigation areas. 200 farms have completed Fert$mart plans for best practice management of fertiliser and effluent. Over 330 farm businesses have undertaken practical projects to protect water quality and improve resource use efficiency.

Warren Jones, Chair, Board of the Environment Protection Authority presented the Clean Rivers and Fert$mart Partners with the Sustainability Award


University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award

Jordana Schmidt of Margate is Humanities Coordinator at St James Catholic College. Jordana has introduced innovative pedagogies including using flipped classrooms and real-life learning in Geography. Jordana has developed and trialed a pilot project to improve student engagement and confidence in numeracy. Jordana has a strong emphasis on experiential learning and works to facilitate real-life cross-curriculum learning opportunities for her students. She has a strong emphasis on integrating Indigenous history into the curriculum.


Dr J-F - Lecturer in Human Development, Forensic Psychology and Criminology, Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania presented Jordana Schmidt with the Teaching Excellence Award