NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2017 Winners


NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Corporate Manager’s Award

Tilligerry Habitat Association of Tanilba Bay manages a nine-hectare flora and fauna reserve with a range of scenic forest, scrub and wetland environments. Since 1993 their members and volunteers mission has been “Conservation, Rehabilitation, Education and Community”. The Trust works and consults with local Aboriginal bush teams and hold cultural burns to rejuvenate seeds. They also re-planted the area with a combination of larger plants and tube-stock. Among others, the site provides habitat for koalas, bandicoots and echidnas.


NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Community Manager’s Award

The Ulladulla Native Flora and Fauna Reserve Trust manages Reserve 83283 for the study and preservation of native flora and fauna and public recreation. The six volunteers oversee 16 hectares with 200 species of flora and 90 birds including the threatened glossy black cockatoo. They have improved visitor accessibility with a limited mobility track and initiated a communications strategy including brochures, public events, guided walks and the media.


1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award

Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar of East Maitland founded Miracle Assistance Dogs, a not-for-profit organisation that trains puppies to assist people living with disabilities. Carmel, assisted by 20 other volunteers, is the main driver in fundraising, seeking sponsorship and the donations required to pay the $30,000 per dog for the qualified Assistance Dog training costs. The dogs assist with Diabetic Alert, Seizure Response, Hearing and Mobility Support. Carmel also coordinates a weekly Dog Training School for students with disabilities.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Fitness in The Park in Goulburn runs individual, partner and team competitions and turns "workouts" into games, encouraging laughter and fun. Owner Angela Hookham is passionate about the “whole” person being healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. Commencing with just one "Fit Mumma" session each week, they now hold seven weekly sessions with most new clients coming from existing client referrals. Mums can bring their children with them, combining social interaction with exercise.


Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Drape Net of Nashdale commenced 10 years ago and now protects an estimated 1,000 hectares of tree crops from pests and weather, both nationally and internationally. Drape Net’s patented unique anti-stretch, anti-shrink, run-stop weave, holds its shape and acts as a tree growth regulator resulting in less pruning and better coloured fruit. The company also supplies free apples to local primary schools, sponsors various sports teams and are involved in a mentor program for disadvantaged youth.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Gummun Place Hostel in Merriwa is a 16 bed aged care facility established in 1994. With 17 staff, the Hostel is one of the town’s largest employers. Staff have access to an electronic training portal, annual mandatory training sessions and individual development plans. Staff have flexible shifts for work/life balance and can accrue extra hours and take them later as time in lieu. Staff and residents together also participate in many local community events.


Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award

Hope Centre – Illawarra Food Hub was established in 1997 and is a food rescue and redistribution outlet for people experiencing hardship or socioeconomic disadvantage. Each week 58 tonnes of food is rescued and over 7,000 meals served. The Hope Centre – Illawarra Food Hub is a run by 80 volunteers. The Food Hub collaborates with agencies including Work for the Dole, Community Work Orders and Disability agencies.