WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australian Community Achievement Awards

2021 Winners

 

The winners of the 2021 Western Australian Community Achievement Awards at the Hyatt Regency Perth. All photos courtesy of Fahm Foto - www.fahmfoto.com

 

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation of Djarindjin is committed to capacity building and self-determination. Djanrindjin Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) operates commercial businesses that allow it to be 70% self-funded. DAC reinvests their profits into improving the liveability of the community, developing skills and creating local jobs. They own an airport that refuels helicopters for the Browse Basin and has created 20 highly skilled and paid local jobs. They operate the Dampier Peninsula Safehouse and provide an Aged Care program and a youth and Community Service Outreach program. DAC recently rolled out a Remote Communities Pilot Program for Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills Development for post-school-aged adults in WA.

Jeanette Hasleby, Senior Manager Community Development at Roy Hill, presented Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation with the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

 

Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

Aboriginal Driver Training Program - Life Without Barriers of Broome is dedicated to removing barriers for remote and regional communities through learning to drive safely and legally. In 2013, Life Without Barriers (LWB) commenced the Aboriginal Driver Training Program to prepare, train and equip clients with the skills and knowledge to drive safely on often dangerous roads in the Kimberley and Goldfields regions of WA. Drivers are trained to understand speed, fatigue and gain experience in a variety of conditions, therefore making roads safer. Having a licence also improves employability and reduces the very real danger of Indigenous People being pursued by police. Since 2013, LWB has trained over 700 drivers.

Amber Browning, Communications Officer, Insurance Commission of Western Australia presented Aboriginal Driver Training Program - Life Without Barriers with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

 

Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award

Shire of Bruce Rock has acted swiftly to address essential community needs. On 25 March 2020, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, a fire destroyed Bruce Rock’s only supermarket and hardware store. With elderly residents and community members self-isolating and in need of supplies, the Shire acted quickly to establish a temporary supermarket in the Shire Hall. They worked with volunteers and community organisations to install security and telecommunications and source infrastructure, including shelving and fridges and an operating system for the checkout. They employed employees of the former supermarket to operate the store. The temporary supermarket continues to operate to this day.

The Hon John Carey BA MLA, Minister for Housing; Local Government presented the Shire of Bruce Rock with the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award

 

Curtin University School of Education, Teaching Excellence Award

 Sue Sheridan of Tambellup is championing early childhood education. Sue has been working at Tambellup Primary School for 30 years. She co-founded and co-wrote key initiatives such as A Smart Start and oral language programs like the Albany District Oral Language Focus, Tambellup’s Oral Program in Language and the Kindergarten Oral Language Program. Developed in the 1990s, ADOLF was implemented in all schools in the Central Great Southern and later in other WA and Victoria schools. A Smart Start was developed in 1999 to encourage early education at home and a smooth transition to school-based education and help break down barriers of isolation, culture and disadvantage.

Professor Rhonda Oliver, Head of School, Curtin University presents Sue Sheridan with the Curtin University School of Education Teaching Excellence Award

 

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award

 Yurra of Gap Ridge is passionate about making positive and lasting changes. Founded in 2013, Yurra is the outcome of a successful collaboration between the Yindjibarndi People and ALM Landscaping. Yurra provides employment and training for the people of Roebourne whilst driving business, social and economic benefits to the wider community. In 2019, Yurra was awarded a 5-year $20 million contract to provide maintenance services to Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Pilbara Rail Network in Western Australia. The contract has provided pathway opportunities to existing Aboriginal employees, with 45% of crews progressing internally. Yurra has grown from $500,000 turnover in 2014 to $30 million in 2021.

Heather Brayford, Deputy Director General of Biosecurity and Sustainability, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development presented Yurra with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award

 

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

 Happy Days Coffee Pot of Northam has the recipe for customer service excellence. Happy Days Coffee Pot is a family-owned and operated business owned by Brad and Sue Day. They renovated the old café into a bright, modern, industrial style café. They operate six days a week and source 95% of their food product from local suppliers and businesses. The company has four strategies in customer service, namely: meeting customer needs and expectations, providing high quality food and drinks, providing comfort, and requesting feedback cards. All of their staff are trained in food safety, food quality and cleanliness, and they cater to all special dietary requirements.

 

 Troy Anderson, Regional Wholesale Manager, Ricoh Australia presented Happy Days Coffee Pot with the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

 

Prime Super Business Innovation Award

 Vasse Valley Hemp Farms of Vasse is overcoming industry limitations through innovation and leadership. Vasse Valley Hemp Farms is a hemp foods brand established in 2017, the year hemp seed was legalised for human consumption in Australia. Owners Chris and Bronwyn Blake and their team researched on an alternative to Cannabidiol oil to help address their client’s needs whilst sticking to the law. The research revealed hemp seed as an alternative in addressing chronic pain or suffering from other challenges such as poor sleep, low energy and anxiety. The innovative approach led to the introduction of the innovated roasted hemp seed range, entirely unique to Vasse Valley.

 

Radek Kotlarczyk, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Vasse Valley Hemp Farm with the Prime Super Business Innovation Award

 

Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award

Country Women's Association - Ord Valley Branch of Kununurra unites women to strengthen the community. Founded in 2009, the Ord Valley branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) is comprised of 23 like-minded ladies from all walks of life. They are bound together by their passion for state and national programs promoted by CWA to support the local community. In 2020 and 2021, their ‘Cane Toad Muster’ initiative, aimed at protecting the Northern Quoll, freshwater crocodile and other animals in the Kimberley at risk from the cane toad invasion, saw members lend a hand to Parks & Wildlife & the University of New South Wales to collect live toads.

 

Anthea Halliday, State Marketing Manager WA, SA and NT, Woolworths Supermarkets presented Country Women's Association - Ord Valley Branch with the Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award