Community Achievement Awards for Victoria


2022 Winners 

 2022 Award Winners


Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award

Flaim Systems Pty Ltd, Warun Ponds was founded in 2014 by Dr James Mullins at Deakin University and commercialised in 2019. FLAIM developed the world’s first multi-sensory immersive learning solution for firefighters to safely and cost effectively replicate the stress and uncertainty of real-world emergency situations. Their two solutions, FLAIM Trainer and FLAIM Extinguisher, are delivered in 28 languages in over 35 countries. FLAIM employs 29 employees.'

Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award - Flaim Systems Pty Ltd



Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award

Greg Cole, Warragul helped bring Eli Innovation back from the brink and redesigned and manufactured a Milk Meter prototype at his own cost. Eli Innovation is the only Australian manufacturer of Automatic Cup Removers and Milk Meters. Greg also runs Lely Centre Gippsland, where he saw the potential for milking robots to future-proof local farms. He is a member of the Gippsland Community Leadership Program.

Regional Development Victoria Leadership and Innovation Award - Greg Cole




Awards Australia Community Group Award

Speed Lions Club consists of 24 volunteer members who are committed to raising much-needed funds for the community. Their signature event, The Mallee Machinery Field Days, is the largest agricultural and agribusiness trade show run by farmers for farmers. Now on its 42nd anniversary, the two-day event attracts more than 350 exhibitors across Australia. It has provided numerous fundraising opportunities for the local community.

 Awards Australia Community Group Award - Speed Lions Club


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Home Instead Geelong is a specialist provider of relationship-based in-home care for ageing adults and people living with progressive health conditions established in June 2018. Their caregivers provide care 24/7 and empower their clients to choose the care, time and location they want. Home Instead ensures to find a suitably matched caregiver and personally introduce them at the start of the first service.

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award - Home Instead Geelong



Southside Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Community Hero Award

Gabriel Gervasoni, Ballarat advocates for young people with disability. Gabriel is a legally blind young person who is actively involved in the Ballarat Youth Council, Ballarat Youth Ambassador Program and Central Highlands Youth Advisory Board. He is a PTech ambassador who encourages young people to become involved in STEM. He is currently involved in a sustainability project aiming to educate young people about recycling.

Southside Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Community Hero Award - Gabriel Gervasoni


Nectre Regional Service Award

Youthrive Victoria, Creswick is a charity that operates with a purpose of strengthening rural communities and supporting young people to be leaders. Established in 2008, Youthrive offers vocational and university scholarships, transition and career mentoring, and leadership development Dream Seeds workshops. In 2021, it launched the Rural Youth Network. It has provided over $2 million in scholarships for 131 young rural Victorians to date.

Nectre Regional Service Award - Youthrive Victoria