Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2018 Finalists


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award:
Care Forward of Rosny Park 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.

Community Care TASMANIA of Launceston is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation founded 28 years ago. They have 25 fulltime and 130 part time staff including a variety of ethnic backgrounds and disabilities. Staff are provided with additional online training, morning exercises and a dedicated in-house gym. Periodic short in-house massages are arranged and bowls of fruit offering a healthy eating option.

Family Based Care Tasmania of Burnie is a community based organisation providing individualised support to people with a disability, the frail aged and carers. FBC offers a flexible work life balance and supports staff to actively participate in the Army Reserves. Workforce Preservation Training is with mandatory training programs via in house group training. Staff can bring their children to work after school or participate in the initiative, bring a dog to work day.

Glenview Community Services of Glenorchy is a not-for-profit organisation with 70 years of experience and has been listed as an employer of choice since 2012. Glenview demonstrate investment in their 172 staff, provided both internal and external training and a paid subscription to the Nurses for Nurses professional development network. An Employee Consultative Committee provides a great opportunity for staff to meet with the CEO to discuss important issues.


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award:

The Ringarooma Water User Group of Branxholm was formed in 2013 to improve water security for dairy, beef and cropping enterprises, whilst protecting the environmental values of the Ringarooma River and her tributaries. They have pioneered a high tech, localised, voluntary water sharing model, which has provided significant economic benefits. The Ringarooma River Catchment community alongside the Water User Group have co-designed and adopted world leading digital technologies to provide enduring benefits to agriculture.

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 (Vaa-Row) Destructor Mite. Combating the critical shortage of beekeepers Lindsay has implemented a trainee program providing qualified beekeepers to the industry.

Rural Youth Tasmania of Launceston has made a positive contribution to the community for over 68 years. Their vision is to Connect, Develop and Celebrate Young Tasmanians. Their members aged between 15 and 30 year olds are proud of their rural connection and are passionate about primary industries and rural communities. The Rural Youth Tasmania members, with a small team of paid staff, delivered Agfest, a nationally acclaimed Field Day attracting over 62,000 visitors.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award:

Kelvin Jones of Swansea has been involved with the Swansea Fire Brigade and the SES for over 20 years. He has volunteered with the East Coast Crusaders PCYC for almost 20 years and is a Board member of the Tasmanian Association of PCYC. He has work with other community groups on the on projects such as the Swansea Community Christmas parade, District Show, Great Oysterbay festival and From France to Freycinet festival.

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.

Dr Catherine Hughes has delivered careers services to schools for over 31 years. She is the author of The Grow Careers website, a freely available website for all Australian. Catherine has published two Careers Work books and has delivered numerous workshops at state, national and international conferences. She was a member of the national writing party for Australian Curriculum and wrote the source document of a national website on Australian Apprenticeships and traineeships.


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.

Food Justice Network - Northern Suburbs Community of Newnham are committed to food security and improving access to healthy food for their community. The network includes members from UTAS, Northern Suburbs Community Centre, Starting Point Neighbourhood House and the Women’s Friendship. They provide weekly community lunches and a twice weekly cooking club at East Tamar Primary School. The Vegetable Bag scheme delivers locally grown fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs directly to the customer or to a local collection.

Live Well Tasmania of Wynyard is a dedicated group of volunteers and part time employees who are working to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged youth. LWT has developed a ten-year plan called the Waratah-Wynyard Wellbeing Plan, based on compassion, caring and connection. This includes dramatically reducing poverty, homelessness, drug and alcohol problems and disengagement from education. An initial priority is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness and disadvantage.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award:

New Horizons Club Inc of Mowbray offers sport and recreation programs for Tasmanians with a disability and their priority is community inclusion. They run 18 programs each week, school holiday programs, carnivals, social functions and interstate sporting trips. New Horizons Club has over 600 members, with 432 active participants. Programs are held across Launceston, Scottsdale, Wynyard, with pilot programs in the Hobart area. They work in conjunction with Sports Inclusion Australia and the Special Olympics.

Tasmanian Road Runners of Mount Nelson is a not-for-profit recreational running organisation, created and maintained by volunteers. They have over 180 members ranging from 6 to 71 years of age and maintain strong relationships with other running organisations. They have been invited to attend over 18 other fun run events, providing promotion and awareness of a healthy lifestyle. Tasmanian Road Runners has increased recreational running participation by fostering a non-competitive and inclusive environment.

YMCA of Hobart of Glenorchy 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.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award:

Jack Dyson of Oakdowns has made a significant contribution to Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania raising awareness and funds. In his many media appearances he talks openly about his personal challenges with CF. Jack’s first You Tube video, “Iron Lungs” has nearly 3,500 views and was filmed from his hospital bed. Using Social Media, he has become an inspirational role model, motivating others with his body building to improve his CF and mental health.

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.

Joe Chivers of Glenorchy has a spinal cord injury and is the assistant sport coordinator with the Paraquad Association of Tasmania. He facilitates the weekly wheelchair basketball game and volunteers with the wheelchair Aussie rules program. Joe is one of the presenters for the Bodysafe Education program, which promotes the importance of prevention and awareness of spinal injuries. He has won state and national titles in para rowing and wheelchair Aussie rules.


Prime Super Business Achievement Award:
House of Dance Tasmania of Hobart provides quality dance training for ages 18 months to adult, catering to recreational students and those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts. Classes include theatrical, non-competitive, Baby Ballet, Musical Theatre and the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company. Dance helps children develop retention and recall, coordination, physical and mental strength and agility. House of Dance won the 2017 Tasmanian Telstra Business Award for Micro Business.

S. Group of Launceston are a unique multi-disciplinary studio integrating architecture, with brand and marketing services. Their experience extends from large-scale tourism and educational facilities, graphic and digital design, photography and videography. They work with Council, community and businesses. S. Group grew rapidly from a one person start-up in 2011, to currently 31 staff across three offices. They have been awarded the 2015 Fast Starters List and the 2016 BRW Fast 100 List.

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.


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.

Oliver Edwards of Blackmans Bay started ‘Free on a Tree’ as part of a School Homework Challenge. His concept was to wrap a donated coat around the trunk of a tree and secure it using the coat’s buttons or zip. Then he would attach a sticker to it saying ‘(Free on a Tree) if you need this, it’s yours’. Anyone in the community can then approach the tree and take the coat to use.

The Little HELP Project Tasmania of Bellerive is a non-for-profit organisation designed by students for students. The Little Help Project is centred on targeting mental health issues. The workshops include interactive challenges, activities and compelling speakers that are all aimed at combatting the negative culture which can develop in the early years of high school. The team of volunteers at The Little HELP Project have worked with over 8,000 Tasmanian students to date.


Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award:

Just Cats Tasmania of Longford is a not for profit cat shelter and cat boarding facility. Since opening in 2012 they have rehomed over 4,000 cats and kittens. Their goal is to help educate the public about the importance of de-sexing all cats to limit the number of unwanted kittens. They take in any unwanted cats or kittens and desex, microchip and vaccinate them before placing them up for adoption to responsible forever homes.

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.

Karinya Young Women’s Service of King Meadows provides short-term crisis accommodation for young women aged 13 to 20 years. Karinya’s Young Mums and Bubs program offers an early intervention service for pregnant teenagers and young parents. Karinya also works with young dads when appropriate and offers connection and referrals to a range of parenting supports. Commencing as a pilot in 2012 and relying on philanthropic aid, the program has now secured Tasmanian Government funding.


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.

Tasmanian Alkaloids of Westbury is a fully integrated manufacturer of controlled substances providing alkaloid raw materials from poppies grown in Tasmania. Recent manufacturing innovations have resulted in significant environmental improvements in waste reduction and raw material consumption. 2017 innovations resulted in a 100% reduction in offsite disposal of flammable waste solvent, a 90% reduction in offsite disposal of aqueous process waste and a 35% reduction of raw material solvent purchases per unit production.

Plasticwise Taroona of Hobart is a not for profit community organisation reducing plastic waste. They have run over 20 beeswax-wrap making workshops in schools and crowdfunded $6,000 to subsidise further workshops. They created Tasmania's first 'bag library’, providing retailers with 1,500 handmade reusable cloth bags, made from donated, recycled materials. Customers who forget bags, can borrow a bag and return it later. So far 2,000 hours of volunteer time has been utilised.


University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award:

Michael Voss of Lindisfarne is a passionate and innovative early year’s teacher at Dominic College. He has embedded important Aboriginal cultural perspectives, and set up an exhibition showcasing student learning. Michael believes educating young minds about caring for the planet is a significant part of the war on waste. Michael works collaboratively with other key members of staff to help identify areas requiring improvement or intervention and affords students care and respect.

Patrick Coleman of Mowbray is Learning Area Leader of Health and Physical Education and an eLearning Integrator at Launceston Church Grammar School. He endeavours to provide an innovative curriculum and learning experiences for his students. Patrick has a passion for the role digital technologies can play in developing effective learning. He looks at innovative ways to engage students in their learning creating programs such as the Happy Being Me - Body Image Program.

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




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.


2016 Finalists

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
Pearns Steam World of Westbury
DairyTas of Burnie
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture of Launceston

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
Sara Waitzer of Sandy Bay
Brad Mitchell of Hadspen
Paul Pritchard of Taroona
Kevin Faulkner of Lewisham

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment Award
Sally Salier of Hobart
Sustainable Living Tasmania
Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania Inc

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
Emma Price of Riverside
Donna Wright of Glenorchy
Campbell Remess of Acton Park

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Colony 47 Bush Tucker Trail of Launceston
Live@theWharf Inc of Ulverstone
Rotary Club of Scottsdale
Produce to the People Inc of Cooee

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
The Salvation Army Barrington Lodge of New Town
Uniting AgeWell of Rosetta
May Shaw Health Centre Inc – Aminya of Scottsdale

EPA Sustainability Award
Bell Bay Aluminium
University of Tasmania’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
Andrew Walter Constructions of Granton
Greenham Tasmania & Botanical Resources Australia of Smithton

Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award
ACTIVE Strahan
Surf Life Saving Tasmania
Women's TRY-athlon and Fun Run Committee of Circular Head

Betta Milk ‘Make it Betta’ Health Achievement Award
TADTas Inc of Sandy Bay
Mitch McPherson of Tranmere
Community Transport Services Tasmania Inc of Derwent Park
Prevent Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth of Hobart


2015 Finalists

Betta Milk ‘Make it Betta’ Health Achievement Award
• Dorset Council - Active Youth Program
• SecondBite - Glenorchy
• Tasmanian School Canteen Association - Battery Point

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Gretchen Long - Scottsdale
• Hayden Applebee - Stony Rise
• Kaye Fox - Nubeena
• Merrilyn Young – Deloraine

EPA Sustainability Award
• Cubed Espresso Bar - Nubeena
• ENVORINEX - George Town
• Veolia - Sorell

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment Award
• Bicycle Network Tasmania - Hobart
• Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - Brighton
• Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group - Launceston

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Ben Winwood - Launceston
• Caitlin Radford - Moriarty
• Paul Pritchard - South Hobart
• Rebecca Astell – Penguin

Capital Innovation Insurance Group Innovation in Safety Award
• Briar Maritime Services - Sprent
• Huon Aquaculture - Hobart
• Kentish Road Safety Bike Park - Sheffield

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
• Friends of the Jordan River School Farm - Geilston Bay
• Meadowbank Vineyard - Glenora
• Pearns Steam World - Westbury

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• Hospice Volunteers South Tas - Hobart
• Interweave Arts - Invermay
• Raw Alive & Well - Oatlands
• The Friends of Rocky Hills Group - Swansea


2014 Finalists

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Dennis Turner - Orielton
• Ted Bosveld – Riverside
• Melanie Irons – Mt Nelson

Capital Innovation Insurance Group Innovation in Safety Award
• Brian Nicholas – Hanson Construction Materials - Moonah
• St Michaels Association Inc. - Newstead
• Hazell Bros Group – Derwent Park
• Ronald Young & Co Builders – Hobart

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Duncan Meerding – North Hobart
• Jessamine Gibb – Bonnet Hill
• Kevin Faulkner - Lewisham

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
• Beams Bros Pty Ltd – Flowery Gully
• Fiona Kerslake – Launceston
• Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc - Hobart
• Landfall and Landfall Farm Fresh – Launceston

EPA Sustainability Award
• Hazell Bros Group – Derwent Park
• University of Tasmania – West Hobart
• The Ugly Duck Out - Swansea

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment Award
• Central Coast Council - Ulverstone
• Xsquared Architects Pty Ltd – Hobart
• Midlands Conservation Fund – Launceston

Carers Tasmania Carer Friendly Workplace Award
• King Island Council – Currie
• OneCare – Hobart
• Corumbene Nursing Home – New Norfolk

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
• A Fairer World - Howrah
• Project U-Turn - Molesworth
• Hospice Volunteers South Tas Inc – Hobart


2012 Finalists

Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award
• Giggles Early Learning
• Plants Management Australia

Howrah Plumbing Community of the Year Award
• Healthy House - Community Action Program
• BrightStars Dance Troupe
• Choir of High Hopes Hobart Inc

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Nelly Jaehne
• Louise Paine
• Todd Hodgetts

Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Environment and Sustainability Award
• Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
• Bookend Trust

Prime Super Events and Tourism Award
• Encore Theatre Company
• Christina Henri

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Trish O'Duffy and Kathy LeFevre
• Judi Adams

Angove Family Winemakers Primary Industries & Agriculture Award
• Devonport Poultry Club - Chooks in Schools Program
• Jan Richardson

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteer Management Award
• Hobart City Mission
• Calvary Health Care Tasmania


2011 Finalists

Tamar Valley Dairy Business Enterprise Award
• Business Mentor Services Tasmania
• Landfall Farm Fresh Pty Ltd
• Murrays Day Out

Howrah Plumbing Community of the Year Award
• Bridport Innovations Incorporated
• The Hillwood River Festival 'on show' 2011

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
• Cathy Bantick
• Katherine Reed

Nyrstar Environment and Sustainability Award
• FIMBY Food In My Backyard
• Kentish Energy Efficiency Network Embracing Renewables Inc (KEENER)
• Dr. Eric Woehler

Prime Super Events and Tourism Award
• Burnie City Council - The Burnie Challenge
• Huon Valley Escapes
• Launceston Festivale Inc

Heather and Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
• Diane Hayes
• Michael Meaney

Searson Buck People Innovation in Business Award
• Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd
• Northern Children's Network Inc

Volunteering Tasmania Volunteer Management Award
• Hobart City Mission
• RSPCA Tasmania