Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2022 Finalists

Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award

Tasmanian Canoe Club of Ulverstone is helping people get on the water and get living. The Tasmanian Canoe Club runs free kayak sessions for community groups, schools, social groups and individuals in the North West region to improve kayak skills and safety on rivers. They founded ‘Pirate Paddling at Don’, a local sea kayaking group for weekly social paddling. In 2022, they started a junior slalom group.


Hobart Social Skates is a volunteer-based community group with over 960 people who enjoy roller skating and inline skating for health and wellbeing. Running weekly activities for the community and providing welcoming, all-inclusive spaces for physical activity, social interaction and self-expression. Since early 2019, the group has provided up to 100 free or low-cost social skate events each year in Southern Tasmania.


Reclink Australia of New Town is building resilience and a sense of community. Reclink is a not-for-profit organisation providing sport, specialist recreation and arts programs, and pathways to employment opportunities. They target the community’s most vulnerable and isolated people. They have 68 member organisations around Tasmania. In 2022, they passed on 60 pairs of football boots donated by the Sandy Bay Junior Football Club to students.


Womensport & Recreation Tasmania Inc Get Active Program enables community leaders to run small group physical activity and health education programs with Tasmanians most at risk of poor health outcomes. Programs address barriers such as low: self-esteem, motivation, body-comfort, stress-management, goal setting and nutrition. To date over three and a half thousand participants have successfully completed the program.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award

Aaron Kropf of Devonport co-founded Loaves and Fishes Tasmania, taking on the good work started by SecondBite and adding components that encourage long-term change and focus not only on feeding people – but feeding people well. Loaves and Fishes provides relief to over 350 community programs, feeding over 16,000 people weekly. Aaron has invested over 21,000 paid and 7,500 volunteer hours in the food security field.


Lynette Green of Claremont has been volunteering for 54 years. She was a St John Ambulance cadet and a Claremont Brighton Rotaract Club Charter member. She volunteers at Carers Tas and Bucaan Community House. She is a volunteer walk organiser with the Heart Foundation. Lynette has been an Ambassador with Glenorchy on the Go for 11 years. In 2018, she was named Glenorchy Citizen of the Year.


John House of Hawley Beach provides sporting activities to over 250 people of all ages weekly. John started Port Sorell Indoor Sports in 2014, where he has had thousands of people play netball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and handball. He personally coaches people of all ages and genders in cricket. John also works for APM Futures, where he works with young people with disabilities.


Kirsten Ritchie of Summerhill founded Strike It Out Inc, an organisation that gives out basic essentials such as food, clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries, medical essentials, and accommodation to the less fortunate. They have a contract with Tasmanian Eye Institute to use a food trailer and 4wd vehicle, a mobile locker trailer has been designed for the homeless to use 24/7. From 2021-2022 alone, Kirsten volunteered over 2,000 hours.


EPA Sustainability Award

Resource Work Cooperative - Timber Reclamation of South Hobart was founded in 2021 as a new department, to reclaim vintage timbers from landfills and demolition projects and provide good quality dressed timbers below market value. They have salvaged an extra 9,000 kgs of timber destined for landfill or firewood. Resource also created a new workshop space, South Hobart Tip Shop, where they promote and educate about the reuse of materials.


Spring Bay Mill of Triabunna is a 43-hectare waterfront site and former wood chip mill that has been creatively upcycled into a specialised events destination. The Mill has decreased water use by 90%. Their Beach Shacks are supplied by rainwater, solar-powered and use a compostable toilet system. They have taken catering completely in-house. In 2021, they spread 9 million native plant seeds over 5,000 square metres.


City of Hobart became the first city in Australia to adopt a Single Use Plastic By-Law in 2021. The by-law bans problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic takeaway food packaging. It is estimated that the by-law prevents 600 tonnes of single-use plastics from going to landfills annually, equivalent to around 150 trucks full of waste. The Council also implemented the provision of public place organics bins.


Women's Health Tasmania of North Hobart is supporting women to try period-friendly underwear that replaces pads and tampons and is reusable. To conduct the project, WHT formed a partnership with Australian underwear, Modibodi, which provided bulk underwear at marginal cost. They also received an Urban Sustainability Grant from Hobart City Council. 252 women and non-binary people on low incomes were provided five free pairs of period-friendly underwear.


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award

Leap Farm of Copping is a small-scale farm started by Iain and Kate Field. In 2021, Leap Farm was verified as Carbon Positive, in that more carbon is sequestered in soil than the operation emits. Iain and Kate share their knowledge on sustainability through their website, a free podcast, and field days. They are active members of Farmers for Climate Action, Landcare Tasmania and Sprout Tasmania.


Tasmanian Junior Beekeepers of Richmond is a not-for-profit that gives children aged 7 to 17 free access to learning all aspects of beekeeping. Founded in 2017, they offer full pollination to plate program, an in-school bee awareness program, and on-site practical beekeeping sessions. Their goal is to transfer knowledge and beekeeping skills to the next generation. They also hosted the first Australian National Youth Beekeeping Meeting.


Tasmanian Institute Of Agriculture - Matthew Harrison of Launceston is an internationally renowned scientist for his work on carbon, climate change and sustainability. Since October 2020 alone, Matt’s team has directly engaged more than 1,800 people in the Tasmanian agricultural sector. This has significantly improved adoption of low-emissions practices, resulting in abatement of 760 kilo-tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalents over 643,000 ha, improving the profitability of the livestock sector by at least $74 million.


Tunnel Hill Mushrooms of Mt Rumney was established by Dean and Anita Smith in a railway tunnel located on their farm. Inspired by the tunnel’s potential, Dean worked at Huon Valley Mushrooms to get training and mentoring from a mycologist. After years of trial and error, he started producing gourmet mushrooms in the tunnel. Tunnel Hill Mushrooms now supplies local restaurants with shitake, lion’s mane and oyster mushrooms.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award

Kiara Adams of Huonville has worked many hours for ‘Eating with Friends’, a council project serving food to community members in Huon Valley. She has also been part of a free community fireworks event for the past two years. Kiara was diagnosed with Autism at age 4. She is working toward becoming an Autism Ambassador to help young ones like her in the community.


Brett Christie of Shearwater is now the Junior Development Officer of Port Sorell Surf Lifesaving Club. Despite having his lower leg amputated, he expressed his desire to get back in the water and help coach the nippers. Brett is the first amputee in Tasmania to complete his bronze medallion. He is also a crew member for the Inflatable Rescue boat and is on the Emergency Response Team.


Corey Lee Barnes of Herdsman Cove overcame socio-economic disadvantage, child abuse, family breakdown and development delays. He has since transitioned to full-time employment and being trusted with additional responsibilities. Corey volunteers with The Big Issue Community Soccer Program and the Gagebrook Community Centre. In 2019, Corey represented Australia at the Homeless World Cup, which aims to inspire people facing housing insecurity and break down stigmas around homelessness.


David Wood of Acton Park is the coach of the first Tasmanian Wheelchair Rugby Team. He has volunteered with ParaQuad Tas in delivering its Spine Safe Education Program to primary and high school students. He is a motivational speaker at schools and a role model to people with or without a disability. David had a football accident at age 18, which left him quad/paraplegic.


Tasprint Community Group of the Year Award

Seishin Martial Arts of Monagu Bay is a judo club that offers dedicated training in disability-supported martial arts. Founded in 2020, they specialise in No Limits Judo for children and adults living with disabilities. The No Limits Judo also helps develop motor, social and emotional regulation skills. From 16 players, the club now has over 100 members and provides 30 hours of judo classes weekly.


Fingal Valley Neighbourhood House of Fingal was established in 1987. In December 2021, they opened a grocery store after the only grocery store in Fingal closed its doors. The store has since grown to have over 600 visits a week. It employs a coordinator and is linked to an employment program. Items close to spoiling are used to create meals and food hampers for vulnerable community members.


Just Cats Inc. of Longford is a charity that has taken and rehomed 8,000 cats and kittens since Rachel Beech founded it in 2012. In 2018, they opened a larger shelter for adoption, viewing and retail. In 2019, they took over the RSPCA Cat Shelter facilities in Mowbray. They operate a vet clinic and provide responsible cat ownership education programs and financial support to vulnerable cat owners.


Mission2aFuture - Launceston City Mission supports some of the most vulnerable members of the community by providing them with life skills to succeed on their own. The M2aF program works with people on personal growth and development, community engagement, training, and work readiness. Over the past four years, they have met with more than 100 community members each year to support them in achieving their individual goals.


Healthy Tasmania Health and Wellbeing Award

Live Well Tasmania of Wynyard has run three years of projects aimed at increasing physical exercise, healthy eating and mental health. This includes 2 to 3 weekly sessions of arts, movement, gardening, cooking and music aimed at disadvantaged people. They manage a vegetable box scheme, which supplies organically grown vegetables to the local community. They have a 63-hectare Community Farm where they hold Forest Therapy walks.


School Food Matters of Battery Point is a not-for-profit health promotion organisation founded in 1994. It is working in the food resilience space through piloting lunch programs for students, breakfast clubs and strategic work related to food security. It runs the SmartFood Program, offering a best-practice model for canteen and food service management. They work alongside schools on their policy, menu, food safety and approach to healthy eating.


Corina McCarthy of Midway Point has developed and run health and wellbeing programs in the last 12 years in Southern Tasmania communities. She runs Get Active Programs in areas of Southern Tasmania and Live Well Live Long Programs in Glenorchy and Clarence. Corina is an Area Coordinator for a number of Heart Foundation walking groups. She has a Certificate 4 in Fitness and a Nordic Walking certification.


Foundations to Flourish of King Island is an initiative promoting individual and collective wellbeing by embedding the principles of positive psychology in their community. The organisation delivers events, including workshops, guest speakers and social occasions, to provide resources and information to support wellbeing. Collaboration with other organisations has helped spread the message, as well as demonstrating a strengths-based approach.


APM Sustainable Disability Employment Award

Mosaic Support Services of Hobart provides dedicated pathways for their clients through Community Access Programs. Their Work Readiness Program develops employment skills or volunteering opportunities, including resume writing, literacy and numeracy skills. The Made By Mosaic Program aims to empower those living with a disability by supporting them to create unique handmade products, selling them through their Social Enterprise Store, local markets and gaining valuable retail skills.


Blueline Laundry of New Town is creating meaningful employment for people of diverse abilities, cultures and backgrounds. Of their 240 employees, 35% are people with disability, 35% are culturally and linguistically diverse, and 51% are female. Through their Supported Employment Program, team members with a disability perform real work alongside people without disabilities. They also have a sewing team that manufactures Alginate Bags, a medical-grade laundry product.


Bluegum Grounds Maintenance – NOSS Tasmania of Launceston employs 23 supported crew members. They perform broadacre grounds maintenance for major companies. The work includes brush cutting, weed management and native plant care. All crew members hold a White Card and undertake training to work on each site. Through employing Bluegum, customers deliver positive social impact within the community and generate thousands of dollars of economic benefit.


Possability provides an informed approach to their Community Based Supported Employment program across Tasmania. Participants are engaged in a process of discovery with staff investing time getting to know them, their families, communities and interests. Engaging with employers to provide opportunities for informational interviews, work experience and paid employment. Participants are fully supported throughout the entire process, including when in open employment.


Awards Australia Small Business Award

Alison’s Garden & Landscape Pty Ltd of Lindisfarne began in 1997 with $200, an old van and basic lawn mower. Alison’s secured multiple contracts with Public Housing across 23 years. A community conscious company eliminating unnecessary costs to the Tasmanian Government, proposed a preventative gutter cleaning regime to reduce replacement in 2016. In 2019, they proposed and developed raised vegetable gardens to encourage healthy lifestyles. In 2022, Alison’s secured another 8-year contract.


Cultura Espresso Bar and Restaurant of Hobart opened in 2010 as a local Italian restaurant, becoming a popular destination for breakfast and lunch for the city regulars. More recently transforming to a lunch and dinner restaurant, Cultura focuses on offering genuine, hospitable service and serving beautiful food. In 2022 they won the Bronze award for Best International Cuisine at the Tasmanian Hospitality Awards.


Hill Farm Preserves of Sisters Creek manufactures premium natural condiments and reserves without artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. Hill Farm Preserves is currently run by its third owner, Karin Luttmer, who has refreshed the company and product branding. Their products are sold via a Victorian distributor and an online store. They also export their products to Japan. The business is led and largely staffed by local women.


Scorpion Pest Management of Hobart has provided pest control services to the commercial, agricultural/rural and residential sectors since 2008. It now employs five technicians and three office staff and offers over 20 specialised services. In 2019, the business transformed into a more sustainable pest control company with its Keen to Get Green Campaign. From January to June 2022, its client’s retention rate is at 100%.



2021 Finalists

Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award

Women's Health Tasmania of North Hobart is a state-wide charity that provides health promotion activities to Tasmanian women over the age of 18. Other initiatives include promoting screening checks, providing early intervention mental health support, preventing family violence and reducing other health risk factors. They have physical activity programs for breast cancer survivors and older women, and women with chronic health conditions aged 45 to 75.


Seishin Martial Arts of Glenorchy offers training and coaching in No Limits Judo for children and adults living with disability and additional needs. No Limits Judo is adapted judo for people with an intellectual, cognitive, psycho-social and physical disability. Founders Carla and Lewis started after seeing a gap in the martial arts community for people with disability. From 16 students, they now support over 70 students.


Womensport & Recreation Tasmania Inc of Mount Stuart introduced the Get Active Program (GAP), which provides evidence-based intervention to increase health literacy and achieve longer-term change. The GAP engages people of all ages who are not currently physically active, have low activity levels, or experience barriers such as lack of confidence and motivation and negative body image, through an 8 to 10-week program consisting of 2-hour workshops.


Healthy George Town - George Town Council is a community-wide health and wellbeing initiative that is mobilising the community to improve their wellbeing. Healthy George Town partners with community organisations, local providers, and health professional to deliver a broad suite of activities and sessions, events, initiatives and developments. The free programs are attended by participants aged 7 to 82. Healthy George Town delivered 92 sessions between October 2019 and March 2020.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
Aimen Jafri of Geilston Bay is part of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania, Pakistani Cultural Society of Tasmania, and Shia Association of Ahl-e-Bayt Tasmania. In December 2020, she organised a Women’s Gala attended by women from all walks of life who showcased their businesses. Aimen has also organised International Women’s Day to bring together and help network women from migrant and culturally diverse and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


Brian Williams of Blackmans Bay has been a Scout Leader for over 55 years. He has trained hundreds of scout leaders in Tasmania as an Assistant Leader Trainer and then as Leader Trainer. In 1974, Brian helped form the Australian Institute of Advanced Drivers in Tasmania where is currently the State President. He is also the Vice President of the Kingston “Day on the Beach” committee.


Catherine Connell of Legana launched Mss B’s Student Services to provide extra individualised tuition to students who were struggling with literary and numeracy skills as well as provide knowledge and nurture confident and engaged learners. Catherine has been commended for her work with children with Down’s syndrome, ASD, trauma, behavioural difficulties and mental health disorders. In 2021, Catherine was awarded West Tamar Council Australian Citizen of the Year.


Edna Pennicott of Kingston has been fundraising for the community for over 40 years. She is the founder and President of Kingborough Helping Hands, which provides emergency food support and raises funds to provide support for local families during Christmas. In 2020, they provided over 400 families in the community with Christmas hampers. Edna has been nominated for Australian of the Year Local Hero Award.


Prime Super Business Innovation Award
Andrew Davies is a young entrepreneur from Sheffield, Tasmania. After living overseas for four years and spending six years working in the WA mines, Andrew moved back home to be closer to his family. In early 2017, he started Taz Drone Solutions from a granny flat on his parents’ farm. Taz Drones are now recognized as industry leaders in Tasmania; completing works that range anywhere from delivering global drone solutions' RePL training, custom building drones, to spraying weeds in areas deemed too dangerous for humans. Andrew’s greatest passion is to inspire, educate and exhibit what is possible if you are unwaveringly dedicated to a dream.


St Helens Mountain Bike Trails Network features more than 100km of trail over two locations which are free to ride. To ensure financial sustainability, environmental sustainability and rider safety, its founder, Break O’Day Council, developed innovative programs like the Trail Ambassador Program. The Program features five tiers with an annual fee for sponsors who receive benefits from cross promotion to use the St Helens MTB brand.


Blueline Laundry provides employment for people with disability and from disadvantaged backgrounds whilst providing services to the healthcare, aged care, hospitality, tourism and manufacturing industries. During the Covid-19 lockdown, their innovative response was two-fold: they fought to be recognised and treated as an “Essential Service”, and they escalated their safety systems, processes and care to protect their staff at work and home.


Fit N Kicking is a mobile fitness business that runs fitness and wellbeing programs for the general public, schools, workplaces and organisations. Being mobile, they go directly to venues and do not have memberships; participants pay for specific programs that they want access to. During lockdown restrictions, they bought every resistance band and dumbbell in stock and set clients up with their own equipment.


EPA Sustainability Award
Hydro Tasmania of Hobart introduced Too Good To Waste, a waste minimisation program, revealing that an astonishing 90% of the waste sent to landfills could be diverted through re-use, recycling or composting. Hydro Tasmania introduced new waste streams, including organics, soft plastics and coffee pod recycling. They educate their staff on the waste hierarchy and encourage reusables. They have also partnered with specialty recycling services.


University of Tasmania has delivered significant changes to bring together procurement, re-use, recycling and composting. They introduced a Waste Minimisation Action Plan, targeting a 25% reduction of landfilled waste by 2025. They have delivered new buildings with in-built ‘deconstructibility’ in mind. They run a Re-Use Program, which lists unwanted furniture suitable for re-use. They encourage students to participate through the Sustainability Integration Program for Students.


Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market is a community hub and food destination that has set a number of environmental standards in its Charter that support waste minimisation and environmentally friendly initiatives. They introduced the Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) bins after identifying that 95% of the market could be composted. They have assigned ‘Waste Educators’ at each FOGO bin, providing direction, education and advice to marketgoers.


Launceston General Hospital (Food Services Department) runs a Food Waste Recovery Program where they recycle wasted food from the commercial kitchen bins into compost. They are successfully diverting 35 wheelie bins or 1,750 kilograms of food waste from landfills every week. The reduction in methane emissions by composting is equivalent to removing five cars permanently each year. They are also implementing more eco-friendly or compostable packaging.


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
Anne Salt of Hobart is providing literacy support to workers in marine operations through the 26TEN Literacy Project implemented at Huon Aquaculture. The Project involves providing one-on-one learning sessions for individuals who have asked for support with developing their literacy skills, including digital literacy. Employees are assessed against the Australian Core Skills Framework and receive individual learning plan that focuses on their specific learning needs.


Longford Berries started in 2003, wholesaling to grocery stores in the Launceston area. In 2006, they became a pick-your-own berry farm, focusing on offering an authentic picking experience and encouraging family participation. In 2011, they continued to focus on the quality of the fruit and increasing consumer awareness of healthy eating habits, deciding to maintain a pesticide and fungicide free growing environment.


Luke and Tammy Tuxworth of Smithton started share farming in 2018. Tammy is a Dairy Farmer Ambassador who promotes the industry in different ways, like going into local primary schools and discussing the importance of dairy. They donate two beef calves to Smithton Primary School each year. The calves are reared at the school and sold off, with 100% of the money going back into the school.


Tasmanian Agricultural Company of Dunorlan (Tas Ag Co) produces regeneratively farmed Wagyu cross beef. Their business model allows them to partner with Tasmanian dairy farmers for their breeding program by crossing Tas Ag Co’s bulls with their cows. They ensure to advocate for the red meat industry, particularly when it comes to the climate crisis. They have also scaled rapidly, resulting in increased employment opportunities.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award
Bron Shelverton opened her own business along with her mum after receiving a smaller minimum wage in ‘traditional’ employment due to her disability. Bron strived to complete her Year 12 studies with a Certificate in Hospitality and learned new skills like preparing hot drinks, steaming the milk and creating a heart in latte. She improved her maths, budgeting, ordering and business management skills.


Timothy Marks of Glenorchy is a Lived Experience Consultant who became an amputee in 2010. He is currently on 19 committees, where he holds leading roles, including as Southern Director at Tasmanian Amputee Society, Tasmania Director at Physical Disabilities Australia and Vice-Chair at Glenorchy Community Committee. Timothy endeavours to help Glenorchy become better, cleaner and more inclusive for people with disabilities and the community.


Christopher Symonds of Wynard is a parasailor who lives with Kennedy’s Disease. This rare inherited neuromuscular disorder causes progressive weakening and wasting of muscles. Christopher won the World Sailing Championships twice and was named 2020 Australian Aspire Award winner for Sports and Wynyard’s Citizen of the Year 2019. He is also the Vice President of the Motor Neuron Disease Association Tasmania and Sailability Tasmania.


Nicole McKillop of Margate works as a Residential Support Worker at Hobart City Mission. She has worked at Association for Children with a Disability, to pilot a leadership/mentoring program working with and alongside young people with a disability. She has done advisory paid work with Women with a Disability Australia and has volunteered with Riding Develops Ability. Nicole has a Certificate III in Individual Support.


Tasprint Community Group of the Year Award
Students Against Racism Tasmania is a group established by refugees to build understanding in their school community by sharing their personal stories about having to leave their homelands, the refugee journey and the challenges and achievements of settling in Tasmania. Since 2008, they have trained over 450 young people from multicultural backgrounds to deliver presentations, workshops, theatre performances, speeches and activities to reduce racism.


The Invasive Starfish Clean Up, Tasmania is a group that conducts clean-ups of the Derwent Estuary to remove the invasive Northern Pacific Seastar. Volunteers snorkel, scuba dive or assist with data collection by counting and recording seastars as removed. The clean-ups reduce the impacts on the native flora and fauna in the area, such as the threatened Spotted Handfish. They have conducted 11 public clean-up events.


Welcome (back)pack is an initiative developed to support women exiting the Mary Hutchins Women’s Prison by providing them with essential items like clothing and toiletries that would support an easier transition back into the community. It allows women to re-enter feeling more confident like they belong and that they are welcome. They have provided 92 backpacks since they commenced in August 2020.


Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise is a breakfast club aimed at delivering authentic capacity-building projects that empower the community and their members. Some of their initiatives are the Launceston Community Reflections 2020, they asked the community about their memories of 2020 and made a four-minute film from the information gathered; the Windows to our Soul – Inner CBD Student Art Trail, and; Homeless Care Pack Project.


2020 Finalists

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
Daly Farms of Dunalley focuses on innovation and best practices. Gerard and Susie Daly are fourth generation farmers who began as merino producers on their 400-acre family farm. They planted their first crop of potatoes in 1989 and soon realised that their future was in potatoes. The Daly Potato Company produces 4,500 tons of high-quality potatoes, hires 35 employees and manages 1,490 acres of land. In 2016, to reduce waste and promote sustainable farming, they launched Hellfire Bluff, a commercial kitchen and a spirit and liqueur distillery to use second-grade potatoes. They are supporters of the National Drought Assistance and are regular Foodbank contributors.


Nicholas Eyles of Selbourne advocates for sustainable management. Nicholas is an eighth-generation farmer who has been working with Hillcrest Family Trust for ten years. He has been actively involved with several industry initiatives, research and development, sustainable land management and implementation of new technologies in their family farm. Nicholas is the treasure of Quamby Bend Landcare group, which focuses on river care and estuary management. Since 2014, he has been in the Vegetable Council of the Tasmania Farmers and Graziers Association and has sat as TFGA’s Bean Committee chair, where he fights for a fairer deal for Tasmanian growers to improve contract conditions.


Rural Youth Tasmania of Launceston turned adversity into opportunity. Rural Youth Tasmania, together with the Agfest Organising Committee, initiated the virtual event “Agfest in the Cloud”, after being forced to cancel Agfest 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were able to secure a Government grant for $65K to build a portal through the existing Agfest website for exhibitors and suppliers to advertise their products and services. The first of its kind in Australia, Rural Youth provided an avenue for participants who had already received and paid for their stock before the cancellation. 400 exhibitors participated and the event received more than 1,010,000 views.


Tasmanian Women in Agriculture of Launceston has revolutionised the perception of farming women for over 25 years. TWiA is a grassroots organisation that educates, strengthens and empowers rural women who are passionate about agriculture. They have a paid membership of nearly 300 and over 2,500 women in the network. TWiA organises Beyond the Farm Gate Tours and promotes farming innovations. They actively collaborate with industry stakeholders and contribute to the State Government’s COVID-19 Agricultural Response Group meetings. In March 2020, TWiA launched the #BuyTasmanianFirst campaign to connect producers with consumers. In April 2020, their Onfarm to Online eLearning Program helped set up online farm shops.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
Emily Briffa of West Hobart desires to create real and lasting change. Emily is the CEO and co-founder of Hamlet Inc., a charity that seeks to empower Tasmanians to live meaningful lives in their community. Arriving from Melbourne six years ago, Emily learned about unemployment in Tasmania. She quit her restaurant job to build Hamlet, which has since supported 260 participants who have engaged in the Hamlet training program to develop job-ready skills, build confidence and reconnect with their community. Emily works relentlessly to secure funding and build awareness. In 2019, she successfully secured funding through the Tasmanian Community Fund to launch Hamlet Catering Co.


Sally Bound of New Town has been an Australian leader in horticultural research for over 30 years. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and is recognised internationally as a leading researcher in the use of plant bioregulators and crop manipulation. Sally works closely with orchardists, industry bodies and agribusiness consultants to ensure her work is relevant and aligned with industry needs. A 2019 Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award Finalist, she has authored over 70 articles for magazines and production guides and co-authored a book on pome fruit crop regulation. Sally has also been actively involved in gymnastics and taekwondo community organisations.


Adie Delaney of Pelverata is committed to creating new solutions to old problems. Adie left a career as trapeze artist in Europe and opened The Circus Studio to bring the joy and benefits of learning circus and has created a three-year curriculum to teach children circus skills. She started working at the Sexual Assault Support Service, using circus as a tool to engage young people in conversations about consent and positive intimate relationships and has reached over 5,000 young people. This program won an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award. Adie is also a member of the Huon Valley Arts and Culture committee.


Leigh Higgins of Bruny Island has been committed to volunteering since 1959. Leigh has dedicated 60 years of voluntary service for Ambulance Tasmania, the SES, TasFire, Bruny Island Councillor and Kingborough Councillor. He helped St John’s establish ambulance stations in Burnie, Launceston and in the rural town of Avoca. Leigh helped educate new ambulance volunteers and he was instrumental in establishing the Police Boat Jetty on Bruny Island. Leigh retired in 1991 as Principal of Bruny Island District High School. He has been a recipient of the Kingborough Citizen of the Year Award, Peter Parssey Memorial Award and the Australia Day Ambulance Service Medal.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Corumbene of New Norfolk was established in 1965 and is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation providing aged and community care in Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands. Their 140 staff and 40 volunteers provide primary health support, telehealth, independent living units and affordable housing. Staff enjoy Enterprise Agreements, Employee Assistance programs, the chance to co-design their roster schedule and are encouraged to gain nursing qualifications. Corumbene Care actively promotes the 26TEN program for workplace literacy and numeracy and encourages care staff to undertake the Diploma of Dementia. In 2019 a revamped staff well-being program was launched to support staff through the recent bushfires and COVID-19.


Medea Park Residential Care of St Helens is a not-for-profit aged care facility offering accommodation to 55 residents and two respite rooms. Founded in the 1970s, it has a Board of volunteers and approximately 85 staff members. New Management in 2018 implemented more efficient rostering with full staff consultation. Two staff are currently being fully supported financially to undertake a Certificate IV in Leisure and Lifestyle many online educational opportunities are also fully paid for by Medea Park. Some staff were supported with free temporary accommodation in during times of personal hardship. Staff are acknowledged with special complimentary “pizza days” and share monthly special breakfasts with the residents.


South Eastern Community Care of Sorell has been providing in-home community care to over 1,300 frail, aged and younger people with a disability for almost 50 years. SECC employs 180 people and they are considered their greatest asset. Staff enjoy home-life balance and flexibility, including an option to increase daily hours for more days off. SECC contributes to the staff’s wellbeing by celebrating successes, listening to their staff and acting on their individual and collective requests. A staff well-being survey was conducted to monitor and react to mental health in the workplace. They also offer salary packaging and facilitate programs that provide information on financial health.


Community Care Tasmania of Launceston are a not-for-profit care provider who has delivered services to older Tasmanians and people with a disability in their homes for over 30 years. They have a team of 35 dedicated office staff and 150 part-time support workers. Their staff enjoy flexible working arrangements and an Employment Assistance provides access to external counselling. All staff have extensive training in their respective roles and office staff have lift desks and gym equipment to improve physical wellbeing. Staff are encouraged to bring their house-trained pets to work and are provided with short-term staff loans in periods of financial stress.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award
Healthy Hobart - City of Hobart is a community-based health and wellbeing program. It delivers free physical activity sessions to increase physical activity participation, establishes connections between community members and existing services and increases the use of council managed parks and sport and recreation facilities. Since January 2017, Healthy Hobart has delivered 138 separate sessions across five programs, utilising over 23 community and commercial venues. Over 30 local providers have delivered sessions to over 3,151 participants. In line with the Healthy Tasmania Five-Year Strategic Plan 2016, Healthy Hobart is designed to add value to existing successful local programs and services whilst increasing individual and community wellbeing.


Women's Health Tasmania is a state-wide charity providing health promotion activities to Tasmanian women over 18 years old. In 2018-2019, they have provided 4,651 occasions of service or opportunities to attend classes or activities to about 103 women each week. Their low impact physical activity programs have attracted older women and women with chronic health conditions aged 45 to 75. As a women-only service, they are able to support women experiencing barriers to accessing physical activity programs, including those experiencing anxiety and depression, leaving prison or women from refugee and migrant communities and Aboriginal women. All Board members all volunteers.


George Town Council - Healthy George Town Program is an evidenced-based community health and wellbeing initiative aimed at strengthening connections, resilience and get people moving. Launched in October 2019, the Healthy George Town Program facilitates the delivery of free programs with participants aged between 7 and 82 years. They have delivered 91 sessions to over 290 participants, developed 19 key partnerships, utilised various council parks and community venues and endorsed eight community service providers. The Program is designed to add value to existing successful local programs or services and fill any identified gaps. The George Town Council engaged Healthy Tasmania to support the development of the Healthy George Town Program.


Surf Life Saving Tasmania, Hobart is passionate about promoting inclusivity. As part of a larger Special Needs Inclusion Strategy, they created the Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program. The Program provides young people with disabilities and serious illness, the opportunity to participate in a recreational activity, reduce aquatic injury and death and provides a long-lasting sustainable aquatic inclusion strategy. The Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program has allowed 20 volunteer 'Lifesaver Buddy's and 16 children with disabilities and their families to meet new friends and connect with other families and support networks. New funding has been received to extend the program to 400 participants statewide.


EPA Sustainability Award
The Good Car Company of Mount Stuart was created in 2019 to decarbonise transport. They import pre-owned electric vehicles, reducing the new car price, to provide affordable electric cars to individual and businesses. They conducted Australia’s first Electric Vehicle Bulk-Buy and also offer rentals and access to finance to further reduce the cost of driving electric. The Good Car Company has enabled the South Hobart community to reduce tailpipe emissions by 72 tonnes of C02 each year, by taking 24 internal combustion engine vehicles off the roads, resulting in lower climate impact and quieter streets. Used batteries can be recycled where 99% of the materials can be recovered.


Kingborough Council of Kingston has adopted the use of an innovative new asphalt product manufactured by Downer called Reconophalt. Reconophalt incorporates recycled products such as soft plastics, waste toner, recycled asphalt pavement and recycled glass to deliver an improved life for road surfaces by up to three years. This year alone, Kingborough City Council will have helped to divert the following from landfill; 876,316 plastic bags, 355,200 glass bottles and 25,615 printer cartridges, creating a saving of approximately 7 Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. At the end of the life of a Reconophalt road surface, it is recycled again, contributing to real circular economy outcomes.


Harvest Launceston Community Farmers Market are rapidly progressing towards their ambitious goal of ‘zero-waste’ by 2021. A waste audit identified 95% of all waste generated at a single Harvest market could be composted. Six Food Organic Garden (FOGO) bins have been introduced at each market and each bin is managed by designated volunteer ‘Waste Educators’ who provide direction, education and advice to marketgoers on how to correctly dispose of their rubbish. Since FOGO was introduced at Harvest, 82,320 litres of waste have been diverted to compost. This equates to 98% of Harvest’s total waste that would otherwise have been processed as recycling or general landfill.


Neville Smith Forest Products Pty Ltd of Mowbray has invested in a pellet production facility and has so far removed 3,000 tonnes of timber processing residue from landfill. Timber waste such as dust, off-cuts and sawdust decompose and release methane into the environment whilst in landfill. The pellets, a form of bioenergy heating are distributed to retail outlets for consumers who use pellet consuming devices in their homes. Because of the high burning temperature and efficiency of most pellet heating devices, harmful emissions are captured as soot and disposed of during the routine cleaning process. Pellet heating technology provides both environmental and cost benefits.


Prime Super Business Achievement Award
Bridgewater Police and Community Youth Club has been delivering community support services since 1986, primarily targeting at risk or disengaged youth. From 2017 to present, Bridgewater PCYC underwent a quantum change that led to pioneering an integrated business model and diversification of services. In late 2017, they implemented a “School Support Program” which provided disengaged youths with transport to attend school, sporting engagement activities and individual mentoring and outreach. Community partnerships increased from 19 to 68 and financial viability improved by 780 per cent. In 2018, they launched the stand-alone “Community Engagement” project which saw an increase in auxiliary members and auxiliaries’ net worth to over $420,000.


Marinova Pty Ltd of Cambridge has showcased Australian ingenuity. Marinova is a progressive Tasmanian biotechnology company dedicated to the development and manufacture of high purity, certified organic seaweed extracts. As a global leader in fucoidan science, Marinova has developed the Maritech® extraction process, maximising the potential of certified organic, sustainably produced seaweed extracts. Their fucoidan extracts are utilised in gut and digestive health, immune support, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, viral inhibition, anti-ageing and skin protection applications. They have become the supplier of choice of research institutions and nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies in over 25 countries around the world. Marinova won a 2019 Australian Organic Industry Award.


Scorpion Pest Management Pty Ltd, Glenorchy is an advocate for sustainability. Scorpion has been servicing commercial, agricultural, rural and residential sectors since 2008. From a small local service, they now employ four pest technicians and two office staff and provide over 20 specialised services. Scorpion increased their revenue by $100,000 in the past 12 months and have invested in new vehicles and professional equipment. They have also introduced a field app for their technicians to provide the latest technology. Scorpion has been an Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist from 2018 to 2020. They also won the 2018 Worksafe Tasmania Awards Excellence in Work Health and Safety Culture.


East Coast Cruises of Triabunna is committed to developing the tourism in Maria Island. Established by marine biologist and fisheries’ scientist Mike Davis, East Coast Cruises specialises in offering cruise and walk day tours to Maria Island National Park and Ile Des Phouqes Nature Reserve. Aboard the “Spirt of Maria”, guests disconnect from ordinary life to immerse themselves amongst remote natural landscapes and reconnect with nature. East Coast Cruises contributes over $350,000 to the Triabunna community and over $450,000 to the Tasmanian economy each year. They are a six-year TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee and a major influence to the strong development of tourism at Maria Island.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award
Timothy Marks of Glenorchy provides counselling and support to people with a disability. Since becoming an amputee in 2010, Timothy has been actively involved in 19 committees, taking on leadership roles. He is a Lived Experience Consultant, Vice President and Southern Representative of the Tasmanian Amputee Society, Southern Representative for Limbs 4 Life, Tasmania Director for Physical Disabilities Australia, Chairman of Glenorchy Accesses Committee, Vice Chair of Glenorchy Community Committee and Co-ordinator at Glenorchy Rubbish Task Force. He is also a Festival of Smiles committee member and Langford Services volunteer. Timothy has been recognised by the Glenorchy Council and has helped Glenorchy become more inclusive.


Brett Christie of Shearwater has been a member of the Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club for the past six seasons but a lower leg injury led to his amputation in early 2019. Brett expressed his desire to get back in the water, help coach nippers and complete his bronze medallion course. He became the first amputee in Tasmania to be awarded the SLSA Bronze Medallion, was the 2020 Port Sorell Surf Life Saver of the Year and nominated for Tasmanian Surf Life Saver of the Year. Brett, an ambassador for Surf Life Saving Australia, encourages others with disabilities to be involved in their community.


Patrick Rosevear of Rosevears is committed to community service. Patrick has a diagnosis of autism spectrum, making communication difficult for him. Despite that, he has been a committee member and volunteer for Rural Youth Tasmania and Agfest Organising Committee since 2018. He is the West Tamar co-ordinator of the “Lids 4 Kids” campaign, was selected for the 12-member Premier’s Youth Advisory Council in 2019 and is the Junior Vice President of Rural Youth Tamar Branch. Patrick has an Animal Welfare Certificate and is currently studing a Certificate III in Agricultural Studies. He is also a West Tamar Council Young Citizen of the Year 2020 nominee.


Judy Huett of Burnie advocates for human rights of people with a disability. Judy was the first Australian person with an intellectual disability to go the United Nations in Geneva to talk to the UN Committee about the 2013 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has actively worked in the Independent Advisory Council and the Intellectual Disability Reference Group, advising the National Disability Insurance Agency board from the lived experience of a person living with intellectual disability. Judy works with the Speak Out Association of Tasmania and is an Asia Pacific member of Empower Us Action Group, an international inclusion group.


Tasprint Community Group of the Year Award
End Rape On Campus of Hobart is a volunteer organisation that works to end sexual violence at educational institutions through prevention efforts, direct support for survivors and advocates and policy reforms. Through individual advocacy, they assist survivors in realising their potentials and objectives. In April 2020, End Rape On Campus’s #LetHerSpeak campaign led the Tasmanian Government to overhaul the sexual assault gag-law. They successfully campaigned to change the name of an offence to “persistent sexual abuse of a child.” Established in 2015, they have 10 core members, 100 volunteers and a community of over 7,000 members. In 2018, they won the HESTA Social Impact Award.


JCP Empowering Youth of Riverside delivers youth leadership programs in schools and community-based settings. In 2019, JCP Youth started BEAST, a leadership program that has shown high success at engaging at-risk young people between the ages of 10 and 17. BEAST aims to positively influence an individual’s educational attendance rates, motivational levels, reduction of youth offending and an opportunity to have fun and connect with active role models. Participants learn to motivate themselves and understand their potential (Stepping Up phase), appreciate themselves, their life and what they have (Stepping Back phase) and implement these life changes every day in their own environment (Stepping Forward phase).


Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise of Launceston is a breakfast club that has been delivering capacity building projects for over 20 years. The Club has 19 active members and several Friends of Rotary volunteers and from 2019 to 2020, they raised $100,000. In their Waverley Primary School Literacy Programs, they gave every Kinder student a copy of the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. In Launceston Carols By Candlelight, they welcomed over 6,000 carollers to the City Park. In January 2019, they raised over $82,000 for the Rotary National Bushfires Appeal. Their 2020 International Women’s Day Breakfast was attended by 15 female regional high school students.





2019 Finalists

Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award:

Dr Peta Cook of Hobart is improving the lives of older Australians. At Junction Arts Festival, she informed the development of site-specific installation artworks to challenge ageism. She led an age-friendly project in the City of Clarence and provided expertise in grant writing and policy development to the Council on the Ageing, Tasmania. She also designed and co-led COTA Tasmania’s ‘Ageing My Way’ project. She is the course coordinator of the Bachelor of Ageing and Dementia Studies at University of Tasmania. Peta volunteers for the Australian Sociological Association and has contributed to the international Health Sociology Review. She received the 2018 UTAS Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement.

Don McCrae of New Town has tirelessly supported those without a voice. Don is a founding member of JusTas, an organisation that seeks to promote justice, best practice and valuable outcomes for the community and returning citizens. He is a member of organisations such as the Shelter Tasmania board, Housing with Dignity, Greater Hobart Homelessness Alliance, Breaking the Cycle/Throughcare Reference Group and Glenorchy City Council Safer Communities Advisory Reference Group. He is an accredited suicide awareness trainer and a Research Officer/Presenter with the domestic violence program “Start Today Again.” He supports the Salvation Army Supporting Housing/Housing Connect and the Street To Home – Primary Homelessness Outreach Service.

Kristen Desmond of Prospect Vale has helped transform Tasmania’s disability education system. Kristen founded the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby to advocate for review of the Tasmanian Disability Education system. She led rallies in Launceston and Hobart calling on the Government to initiate a review of the experience of students with a disability. She was part of the Inclusion Advisory Panel – Disability Focus from 2016 to 2019. Her work resulted in the Government agreeing to implement a needs-based funding model from 2020. In late 2018, the Government signed an education partnership agreement for funding of $490,000 for students with a disability and trauma in Tasmanian schools.

Andrew Smith of Lewisham champions the preservation of wildlife and cultural heritage. Andrew founded Wildcare Inc., a charity that encourages, supports, and provides a pathway for volunteering with the Parks and Wildlife Service, Natural and Cultural Heritage Division. For twenty years, he has led significant changes in Parks and Wildlife Service through policy development and has raised over four million dollars to support reserve management. Andrew established the Friends of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Inc. He is a founding member of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. and was National Chair of the Australian Association of National Park Support Groups for two years.


Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award:

Central Highlands Tasmania Wildlife Group of North Hobart inspired a community to save wildlife. The group was set up in February 2019 to assist, coordinate and publicise efforts by a group of volunteers who help displaced, injured or starving wildlife which were affected by the January 2019 bushfires. The volunteers go out under all circumstances to feed the wildlife. Following a successful fundraiser by Elleke Leurs of $20,000 for Wildlife Bush Babies & Snake Rescue Tasmania, Robyn Lewis and a team of local residents organised all work and future funding involving Central Highlands. To date, they have raised over $7,000 in cash and $10,000 in-kind from businesses and private individuals.

The Bee Book Authors of Geilston Bay was created by young people from the Goodwood community after the death of Fred House, a local hero known for his 93-year beekeeping career. In July 2017, on what would have been Fred’s 100th birthday, an initial school holiday workshop focused on bee education was held at the Community Centre and wrote and published ‘The Bee Book’ a fact book about bees. They launched ‘Bee Friendly Garden Grants’, allocating half the funds raised from book sales to provide $200 to community gardens to develop Bee Friendly garden elements. They established ‘Bee Literate Tasmania’ as a brand to promote bee education initiatives.

West Moonah Community House and Rotary Club of Sullivan's Cove of West Moonah have developed alternative learning methods for the community. Together, they have collaborated to create the Road Rules Education Project, in partnership with agencies including the Department of State Growth, Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, Rotary International and Schools and Welfare Agencies. The project provides for the needs of recently arrived refugees who were having major issues to learn and understand the road rules in order to pass the L1 Theory Test. Now also open to Tasmanians with literacy and learning issues, they offer an alternative way of learning and passing the test using written, auditory, kinaesthetic and visual methods through videos.

The Headstone Project (Inc.) TAS of New Town believes that ‘no veteran should be written off’. The Headstone Project is run by a small group of nine volunteers and twenty-five financial members who came together after finding out that there were First World War veterans lying in unmarked graves at Cornelian Bay Cemetery, Hobart and around Tasmania. The Headstone Project aims to ensure that these men are commemorated in an appropriate way at their point of burial by providing a simple pedestal headstone and a plaque. They have secured grants from the Federal and State Governments and have so far honoured and held service for 425 First World Veterans.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award:

Mark Lesek of Moonah is passionate about helping others who have lost limbs, since he became an amputee as a result of a road accident. He explored ways to regain his function, from developing his own prosthetics to eventually having osseointegration, a surgical procedure to connect a prosthesis directly into the end of a residual limb. Mark is the first Australian to have arm osseointegration and one of a selected few to have Targeted Muscle Innervation, where the amputated nerves are transferred to activate the remaining muscles. He is now an inspirational public speaker who encourages others towards the path of osseointegration.

Dr Emmanuelle Bostock of Hobart has made unique contributions to the scientific community. Emmanuel lives with complex mental illness which makes simple tasks challenging. She is a member of the Mental Health Council and the Tasmanian representative of the Australasian Society for Bipolar and Depressive Disorders where she contributes conference calls and newsletters for national distribution. Emmanuelle completed her PhD at University of Tasmania where she received the Australian post-graduate awards and the Goddard Sapin Jaloustre Trust which allowed her to take a summer-school course in France. She has also co-authored five publications in medical journals, influencing further research into the nature of bipolar disorder.

Christopher Symonds of Wynyard is an outstanding parasailing athlete. Chris is the Vice President of the Board of North West Support Services, Board Member of Motor Neuron Disease Tasmania, Vice President of Sailability Tasmania and Secretary of the Wynyard Yacht Club. He is the Tasmanian representative of Australian Hansa Class Association. Chris has Kennedy’s Disease that led to his retirement. Despite declining mobility and strength, Chris refurbished three vintage caravans and mentored high school students. He won the 2016 and 2018 World Sailing Championships, the 2019 Waratah Wynyard Council Australia Day Awards Citizen of the Year and he belongs to the Hall of Fame Yachting Tasmania.

Patrick Rosevear of Rosevears is passionate about agriculture and community volunteerism. Although diagnosed with autism, Patrick is a committee member and volunteer worker for Rural Youth Tasmania since July 2018 and AGFEST, a three-day event showcasing rural businesses. He is a member of the AGFEST Organising Committee which meets once a month to arrange the program. Patrick is the Junior Vice President of the Tamar Branch of Rural Youth and encourages younger community members to take leadership roles. He is currently a Year 11 student studying a Certificate II in Agricultural Studies and has completed the Emerging Leaders short course conducted by UTAS.


Prime Super Business Achievement Award:

Sealasash Window Renewal System Pty Ltd of Moonah started in Hobart with a $14 tip shop window. Sealasash sensitively upgrade old wooden windows and doors, combining traditional carpentry skills with modern materials to offer a one-stop shop that didn’t exist in Tasmania or the mainland. They protect heritage features whilst improving energy efficiency and comfort, and reducing waste to landfill. Sealasash developed a world patent-pending system called ‘Sash Crab’, which allows for safe work without scaffold on high windows. They employ 22 people and have expanded to NSW, VIC and WA. They have experienced 20% growth in the last three years and have an annual revenue of $2.8 million.

Australian Honey Products Pty Ltd of Launceston is passionate about the honey business. They are a family owned supplier of honey products to Australian and international markets. Owner and Master Beekeeper Lindsay Bourke returned to beekeeping at the age of 60 with only 90 hives. Since then, it has grown to over 4,000 hives, making them the largest honey producer in Tasmania. In 2015, they obtained a government grant to build a new processing facility. Part of the grant was to start a Trainee Beekeeper Program in partnership with TAFE Tasmania. They won 2016 National Agribusiness Exporter of the Year. In 2018, their total export sales exceed $800,000.

Josh’s Wash and Walk of Prospect is determined to succeed. Josh’s Wash and Walk was founded in 2016 by Joshua Wyley, a young man with autism, who realised that employment opportunities were very limited. Offering car washing and detailing, dog walking and wheelie bin cleaning, Josh developed the business to be an active member of the community whilst gaining financial independence. Bookings are made via a Facebook page and they travel to the customer and provide all materials needed. The business also promotes the capabilities of those living with a disability. Josh recently attended the We Can program and helped others to develop business ideas.

East Coast Cruises strives to enhance client-focused services. Founded in 2010 by Marine Biologist Michael Davis, East Coast Cruises is a privately-owned business that offers a unique “cruise + walk” eco-experience to Maria Island National Park and Ile Des Phoques National Park. From operating a ferry business, they have grown to offering tours and shuttle services from Hobart to Maria Island and employ nine staff. They have received three Great Eastern Driver awards, a Gold and Silver in the quarterly “Tourism Industry Council Tasmania – People’s Choice Awards” in the East Coast Region and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for seven consecutive years.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award:

Womensport & Recreation Tasmania Inc. of Cornelian Bay have been running the Get Active Program (GAP) since 2004 and delivering to over 3,000 participants. GAP provides evidence-based intervention to increase health literacy and achieve longer-term change in levels of physical activity. Last financial year, GAP delivered 20 programs state-wide to groups including disengaged youth, at-risk teenagers, women’s shelter residents and mental health rehabilitation clients. Programs consist of a series of 2-hour workshops on goal setting, motivation, stress management, self-esteem, nutrition, and fun physical activities. 68% of participants increased their physical activity and 93% indicated that they now make more informed healthier diet choices and felt more connected to community.

Tasmanian All Schools Mountain Bike Championships of Underwood was initiated by Adrian Cooper five years ago. An annual event, it is currently the largest single day Mountain Bike event in the State and one of the largest in the Country. The one day Cross Country (lap) style race is run on easier tracks to be more accessible for beginner racers and is open to all Tasmanian High School or College students. Adrian liaised with Mountain Bike Australia to offer a mass participation insurance coverage and along with a State Government grant, he could reduce costs to riders to $10. Adrian also offers a travel subsidy for some schools.

Risdon Vale Bike Collective of Risdon Vale operates around the context of restoring, selling and riding bikes. They work with young people from Risdon Vale to increase social cohesion, work readiness skills and recreational opportunities, providing a place for them to grow in character and life skills. This occurs through two workshop sessions each week during school terms with up to 30 participants aged from 10 to 18. They also run regular ride days and multi-day Mountain biking camps to participants each year. In the past two years, over 60 young people have participated in all aspects of the program, completing 4,000 hours of learning and development.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania of Hobart run a 'Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program’ as part their Special Needs Inclusion Strategy. The program enables young people aged 0-25 with various disabilities to swim, catch waves, undertake beach runs and exercises just like other surf lifesavers do. The 'Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program' gives 20 surf lifesaving volunteers, 16 children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to meet new friends and connect in a relaxed environment, whilst building confidence in the beach environment through physical activity. The program would not be possible without the local community members who volunteers as a 'Lifesaver Buddy' to each participant.


EPA Sustainability Award:

Lion Dairy & Drinks of Lenah Valley is committed to waste reduction and cleaner production. Operating a fresh milk processing facility they currently dispose of industrial wastewater generated from the site, to sewer under a Trade Waste Water Agreement with TasWater. Over the past five years, the site has achieved a 50% reduction in biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) concentration amid increasing production. Lion Dairy & Drinks are dedicated to cleaner production projects, a targeted focus on overfill and process control. They have introduced waste management initiatives such as establishing relationships with local pig farmers to take waste milk products and offering community groups viable products with minor imperfections.

Southern Waste Solutions of New Town is helping reduce the risk of waste spill in transit. SWS constructed Tasmania’s only category C landfill cell at Copping, allowing the safe and secure containment of hazardous material often previously shipped interstate to less secure facilities or stored in suboptimal conditions. Designed with the capacity to accept material state-wide and from Antarctica, the facility has helped reduce pollution and carbon footprint and improve the health of current and future generations of Tasmanians. Since November 2018, SWS has accepted over 2,000 tonnes of contaminated material. They overcame community opposition to construct the landfill cell by undertaking more public awareness measures.

Hobart Airport of Cambridge advocates for improved waste management practices. With an aim to increase the diversion of waste to landfill by more than 25%, Hobart Airport developed a waste management strategy in May 2018 with a goal of understanding waste streaming. In February 2019, a three-stream waste segregation initiative was introduced in the Departures area following months of research. The three streams were Landfill, Co-Mingled Recycling and Organics and required the installation of new bin systems whic provide clear directions on waste segregation for passengers and visitors. After extensive consultation, major food and beverage outlets have commenced segregation and transition to compostable packing.

Salamanca Market of Hobart is focused on waste management. The City of Hobart operates Salamanca Market which is Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with 950,000 visitors annually. With one tonne of waste produced weekly, they took the opportunity to become environmentally sustainable and engaged JustWASTE Consulting to perform three waste audits. The audit report inspired a waste project ‘Action Against Plastic’ with a view to transitioning stallholder packaging to compostable and introducing an onsite organic waste stream. The ‘Swap n’ Go’ program allows stallholders to swap plastic bags in exchange for paper bags and compostable bags. In June 2019, Salamanca Market became single-use plastic bag free.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award:

Glenview Community Services Inc of Glenorchy believes staff and volunteers are their greatest asset. For more than 70 years, Glenview has provided high quality residential and cottage respite care, day centre for seniors and home care services. Glenview’s organisational structure consists of two service delivery and two support services. The structure facilitates open and transparent communication across the organisation and ensures the best outcome for residents, clients and staff. Their 172 employees undergo training upon completing a Personal Career Development Plan document. Staff have input in their personal rosters and Glenview allows staff to take study leave for those wanting to further their knowledge and skills.

Huon Regional Care of Nubeena is dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of its staff. Established in 1969, they are a community-based charity organisation providing aged care and rural health services. With nearly 300 employees, they provide southern Tasmanian regional communities with high quality health care, focused on aged health and home and residential care. Staff enjoy flexible working hours, generous personal leave entitlements and an annual free flu vaccination program. They offer extensive training and development programs such as a graduate program for registered nurses. Other initiatives include HERC Enrolled Nursing Training Program and a UTAS Partnership to support employees in specified clinical tertiary education.

South Eastern Community Care of Sorell is committed to providing employment in a regional centre. SEC Care is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1970 by founding members who understood that a community is only strong if everyone is supported. They have three Day Centres and employ over 160 staff who support over 1,100 people to live independently in Southern Tasmania. Many staff are parents, guardians or carers and semi-retired individuals. All have access to flexible working conditions and learning and up-skilling opportunities. Each year, SEC Care creates a Relay for Life team to raise money for the Cancer Council of Tasmania whilst providing bonding opportunity for staff.

Emmerton Park of Smithton gives utmost importance to career progression and employee wellbeing. Formed in 1969. Emmerton Park is not-for-profit community-based, fully accredited 61-bed residential aged care facility, with 73 independent living units across three sites and home-based care services within the Municipality of Circular Head. Their 102 staff enjoy a culture of learning and pathways for career development. Two staff are currently undertaking Bachelor of Nursing Studies through James Cook University, utilising the Nurse Scholarship Program. Other benefits include extensive staff training on equipment, fire, mental health first aid, advanced care planning, dementia awareness and palliative care. A Counsellor is also available for staff.


Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award:

HealthLit4Kids, University of Tasmania of Kingston Beach is an education package designed for use in schools to raise awareness of health literacy and prompt discussions about health amongst teachers, children, families and communities. They support positive health and educational outcomes for children and works towards reducing health inequities for Tasmanian families. The team includes a pharmacist, nurses, sociologist, arts educator and university lecturers in health and physical education. HealthLit4Kids currently has 150 Community of Practice members, 5 schools registered for the next phase and are currently developing ways to offer the program to more Tasmanian communities. They won the Bond University’s 2018 Health Literacy Sustainable Healthcare Award.

Rural Alive and Well Inc. of Oatlands advocates for reducing stigma about mental health. RAW is a not-for-profit organisation that works with rural Tasmanian communities to create resilient and capacity of individuals, families and community, to react to challenging life experiences with a particular emphasis on suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing. RAW’s outreach program goes to the individuals wherever they feel comfortable to chat. They provide courses for communities and businesses such as Mental Health First Aid courses for 65-year-olds, suicidal persons and non-suicidal self-injury. Their community-led project “Looking Out for Each Other” aims to remind us all that a close-knit community helps cope with stress.

TASMEN of Rosny Park is committed to improving men’s mental health. Tasmanian Men’s Health & Wellbeing Association Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that helps men 18 to 80 years of age take responsibility for their lives, their personal growth and relationships using a peer-to-peer model of experiential learning. Their work encompasses the annual Tasmanian Men’s Gathering, creating Men’s Groups, running an email conversations’ list and conducting regular Men’s Circles to provide on-going support. In 2018, they produced ‘Men with Heart,’ a photo and video installation with images telling a story of men supporting each other. TASMEN won the 2019 Tasmanian Men’s Health Awards.

Jade Munnings of Magra is dedicated to improving the health and life of the homeless. Jade is the Tenancy and Finance Manager for Salvation Army Housing Common Ground site in Hobart. He established Coffee Ground, a social enterprise concept designed to provide training, employment, social inclusion and support for people experiencing homelessness or were formally homeless by creating a sustainable revenue stream. Jade applied for grants from The Mercy Foundation and Hobart City Council and gained $60,000 in seed funding. He organised the Common Ground Cup golf day which raised $12,000, part of which went to paying a TasTAFE Barista Course for 10 homeless tenants.


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award:

Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association of Launceston has for over 70 years strived to maximise the potential and success of their members’ businesses through influential advocacy, strong and credible leadership, and the promotion of innovative solutions. Some achievements include rallying for government funding for the Powranna truck wash facility and introducing an online market place for buying and selling feed and fodder. They delivered the AgriSkills Project to revitalise skills and training and assisted King Island farmers in finding a workable solution for shipping and freight services. A request for coordinated weed management resulted in a government commitment for a $5 million Weed Action Fund.

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture of Trevallyn has been helping women in agriculture realise their full potential. Formed in 1994, they are a voluntary organisation with state-wide membership providing opportunities for women to broaden their professional careers through training and scholarship. They offer mini grants to establish new ventures or events, offer mental health training and first aid courses and provide advocacy on issues facing women in the sector. Opportunities to connect through regional groups, farm gatherings and farmgate tours are also available. Their Pathways to Commercialisation program assists women in establishing small businesses in Northern Tasmania. They are currently working on a sexual harassment industry survey.

Huon Producers' Network of Cradoc is committed to building a stronger local food economy. The network is a member-based organisation comprising food producers, consumers and supporters, with an aim of supporting small farms and businesses with training programs, advocacy, networking events and providing access to markets. HPN operates a weekly farmer’s market stall which allows producers of all sizes to offer their goods in a low cost, low risk environment, resulting in better access to farm direct food. HPN holds two to four training sessions annually and helps upskill those new to farming and food production whilst introducing new ideas to those experienced in the industry.

Sally Bound of New Town is an advocate of Australia’s food industries. A researcher at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, she provides technical information and advice to orchardists and industry groups throughout Australia. She regularly conducts workshops, seminars, orchard walks and training courses to help industry members make the most of the cutting-edge horticultural research. Sally has authored over 70 articles for industry magazines and regularly contributes to apple, pear and cherry production guides. In 2010, she received the BioNova Travel Award for a scientific exchange to visit Acadian Sea Plants in Nova Scotia. Sally won the 2018 Apple and Pear Australia Limited Industry Excellence Award.


University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award:

Casey-Rae McCrickard of Lenah Valley has a strong passion for helping others. Casey-Rae works at The Friends’ School where she teaches Dance along with Humanities. She built the Dance Program from 16 students to 200. Her students worked with Mature Artist Dance Experience to choreograph and stage a community show and engage with 50-year-old Hobart locals. In her pastoral care role, she worked with a student with Oppositional Defiant Disorder for three years. A graduate of UTAS, Casey-Rae was appointed Year 10 Coordinator after just two years of teaching. She mentors new teachers and has a blog called ‘Survival to Thrival: A guide for beginning teachers’.

Thomas Coad of Tranmere firmly believes that science can take you anywhere. Thomas teaches science and mathematics to grades 7 to 10 at Rose Bay High School. He participated in a 10-day scientific voyage aboard RVInvestigator for a Marine National Facility initiative entitled “Educator on Board” and made video calls to provide students a glimpse of science in action. Thomas is the elected President of RoboCup Junior Tasmania and orchestrated the RoboCup Junior Regional Competition. He has a Master of Antarctic Science and Bachelor of Marine Science degrees. Thomas completed his Master of Teaching degree receiving the John Andrew Johnson Memorial prize and graduating Valedictorian.

Kara Spence of Fern Tree believes that nature connection can rearrange classrooms. Kara has been a practising teacher for 15 years. Her program called “Risky Play Nature’s Way” uses outdoor and nature play-based learning and an increased use of students’ voice to augment teaching and learning outcomes in classrooms. In 2017, she self-funded professional learning, attending the Children and Nature Network Conference in Canada. In 2018, she completed her Level 3 in Forest School, UK and became a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. In 2019, Kara started working as a Nature Play Specialist and is consultant and the Founding Director of ‘Nature. Be in it’.

Nel Smit, Taroona is a dedicated educational leader and mentor and is the Sustainability Coordinator at Huonville High School where she manages the Future Energy Team that won the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize. She has taken state-wide roles in environmental education in the last 30 years, focusing last year on promoting energy literacy through STEM at Huonville High and Energy Wise, a program promoting energy literacy for secondary schools. As Education Coordinator with Greening Australia, she initiated school and community education events including Big Biodiversity Days Out and Biodiversity and Geography Symposiums. Nel won the 2018 Tasmanian STEM Teacher of the Year award.


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