NEW SOUTH WALES

NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2018 Finalists

NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Water Crown Reserve Corporate Manager Award
Byron Youth Service work with their local community to enhance and develop the Youth Activity Centre for use by young people and families. The grassed natural outdoor amphitheater with insulated undercover stage area provides a central focus point for youth- based activities and is a safe drug & alcohol-free venue. Access to free education programs, social services and support for young people is provided. Staff and volunteers help manage and improve facilities.

Orange Waratah Sports Club manages the Crown Reserve Trust provides local quality sporting and recreational opportunities particularly through its playing fields and facilities. The majority of activity is funded by the Sports Club members and users of the grounds and facilities, ensuring that the commitment to the community is both financially beneficial and sustainable. It is conservatively estimated that the Sports Club’s Crown Land grounds are accessed by more than 100,000 visitors annually.

Tarlo/Middle Arm Landcare was established in 2004 by a group of neighbours from the Tarlo and Middle Arm Rural Fire Brigade areas North West of Goulburn. The Landcare Group increases the biodiversity and catchment water quality on three Crown reserves. Their main focus has been to reduce weed density, increase biodiversity, and demonstrate and practice management methodologies. They plant native seedlings and have established a Native Plant Nursery at the Middle Arm Hall.

 

NSW Department of Industry – Lands & Water Crown Reserve Community Manager Award

Coolatai Sportsground Reserve Management Committee is a highly functioning, cohesive working group. They deliver a working operational plan, based on community needs and focus on funding viable projects and asset renewal plans. Under the management of the Trust Committee, the Coolatai Reserve has become a hub for the regions social, community, cultural and sporting events. The committee is inclusive of all members and user groups and maintains a collaborative approach to grow the reserves capacity.

Eulah Creek Recreation Reserve Land Manager was formed from a group of local volunteers who maintain the reserve and organise community fundraising events. The trust has made considerable improvements to the reserve and its infrastructure including a new kitchen, outdoor BBQ's and extensive electrical work. The Annual Vintage Machinery Day has been running for over 15 years. Over 500 spectators visit to watch the vintage machinery displays, working draught horses, working antique tractors and much more.

Norah Head Lighthouse Land Manager oversees the reserve maintenance, marketing and operations with volunteers and the Board. The facilities are a working example of essential maritime infrastructure visitors have the opportunity to see a historic lighthouse in operation. There is accommodation in the original Lightkeeper’s quarters and it’s a popular venue for weddings. In 2017, the 29 volunteer tour guides worked a total of 7,305 hours allowing the lighthouse to be open 363 days.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Len Waters Culture Tours of Daruka is a two-year old business that delivers Aboriginal cultural programs and local tours. They also visit many schools in the region, delivering Aboriginal cultural education, language and take groups out on Country. They have provided education to over 5,000 local school children, community groups, government agencies, domestic and international visitors. Len employs a range of local people to assist him share his passion of culture, including Aboriginal musicians and dancers… Congratulations Len Waters Culture Tours

Joyland Carers Retreat of Coffs Harbour is a person-centered facility focusing on the carer to enhance their enjoyment and relaxation in a welcoming holistic environment. Joyland Carers Retreat has adopted a quality improvement process that consists of both systematic and continuous actions that has lead to measurable improvement for carer’s individual needs. Joyland Carers Retreat improves the health and wellbeing of unpaid carers by providing a holistic approach for the carer’s mind, body and spirit.

Orange Visitor Information Centre is the inspirational gateway for visitors to the Orange Region, showcasing villages, dining and accommodation options. The Information Centre directly connects the region's attractions, events and experiences with over 200,000 visitors per year. They work with more than 400 local attractions, accommodation providers, retailers, dining outlets, touring companies and government entities. They also participated in collaborative marketing campaigns with leading regional events operators to increase visitation to the region.


Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

John Ive of Yass Valley has over 40 years added 200,000 trees with strategic regenerative land management and excluded domestic stock from over 30 percent to his property. John has implemented soil salinity and acidity monitoring, soil and vegetation carbon sequestration, and soil moisture retention. These fundamental ecosystem changes has resulted in increased farm productivity and attracted farming recognition. John receives numerous requests to host on-farm field days and invitations for conference presentations.

Anika Molesworth of Broken Hill has developed creative and critical perspectives on sustainability, focusing her work on innovative ways of enhancing agriculture for the long term. She is a highly sought after speaker and educator on how to produce more food for a growing global population with reduced environmental footprint. Her expertise lies in the three key domains of sustainability: agricultural and natural systems, agribusiness, and the humanities. Anika has been nominated and won countless awards.

SmartShepherd of Armidale designed, developed and are now producing a revolutionary means for determining maternal pedigrees for the Australian sheep industry. The lamb/ewe mothering system based around electronic collars, records interactions between lambs and ewes and can determine the relationships between them. The main beneficiary of the SmartShepherd system will be sheep studs, although commercial sheep enterprises have expressed a high level of interest in improving their maternal genetic selection using SmartShepherd.

TransGrid Leadership Award

Dr Kate Grarock of Cook is a Woodlands and Wetlands Trust Ambassador, 2018 Eureka Prize finalist and Ecologist at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in Canberra. I work on research and restoration of critically endangered grassy woodlands and the reintroducing of locally extinct species, such as the Eastern Bettong and Eastern Quoll. Kate developed an education and outreach program, taking threatened species such as Bettongs into schools to inspire the students to care about conservation.

Big John Young OAM of Lambton established Bikers for Kids and the Newcastle Toy Run and since 1990 has poured his heart and soul into the charities. The Newcastle Toy Run is the oldest and biggest annual event of its kind in Australia. The Toy Run has grown from 20 motorcycles to the over 5,000 participants in their 40th anniversary last year! In 2015 Big John received the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Steve Semmens of Bathurst founded ‘The Persuader’ 14 years ago. The Persuader provides Business Coaching services. He has consistently grown his loyal client base, by word of mouth referrals and networking activities. Over the past 25 years, Steve has actively contributed to many community organisations donating his time, business knowledge, and utilising his contacts to raise funds. The encourages all he interacts with, to give back to the community, buy local, and working together.

Dr Daisy William of Armidale is the Director of the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place which was on the verge of closing down when she was appointed. Daisy overhauled systems and processes and successfully applied for grants. The centre is now at capacity providing Aboriginal programs, a gallery, café, gift shop, an artists’ boutique and more. Daisy helps Aboriginal artists create an income through their art and trains and employs Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Mackellar Care Services, Gunnedah operates 120 aged care places over two residential care campuses, a 48 villa Retirement Village, a home care service, and the local GP Super Clinic. They are committed to clinical excellence and implementing innovation solutions to benefit both residents and staff members. Mackellar Care Services has a training and development culture, starting at a Board level. This ensures it can attract, upskill and retain staff members to provide quality services.

Adssi HomeLiving Australia, Tuggerah has been a not-for-profit home and community care provider for over 30 years. They support over 12,000 clients each year, enabling them to remain living at home and connected to their community. The annual staff and volunteer conference provides training and networking opportunities and a robust induction program was designed for Community Support Workers. Staff and volunteers collaborated to unanimously agree on their values: Professional; Respectful; Integrity; Client Focussed; Excellence.

United Protestants Association, Riverina-Murray has aged care facilities in eight locations. Their philosophy of care aims to provide quality of service and care and that dignity, respect and security should not diminish with age. They provide equitable staff training and development opportunities and provide financial support for relatable courses. Roster are created to balance work, home and leisure activities. The staff actively support their community and this year raised almost $10,000 for cancer charities.

G.J. Gardner Homes Women Creating Change Award

Elizabeth Svoboda of Cammeray has, as CEO of NSW Police Legacy for five years, led a dynamic team in supporting and caring for the personal needs of over 1,000 police widows and children of deceased police officers. She has provided policies and operating processes focused on the social, mental and well-being needs of police widows, widowers and children. This includes running of camps and Kokoda Track visits and a student education scholarship.

The Big Green Cup Café of Bungendore provides meaningful training and employment for people with a disability. The café currently employs five people with a disability. There has been a real shift in confidence for these employees, who start out washing dishes and then move on to serving tables, making coffee and using the till. The Café also ‘The Coffee Collaborative’ group for local business women who meet monthly to have a cup of coffee and network.

Sandra Holden of Lake Wyangan has led a team of Australian volunteers to Nepal four times. They provide free medical aid to young Nepalese girls, especially the Badi caste who are used for sex slavery. They set up nine medical camps, checked over 1,000 girls and provided health education sessions. Sandra’s is training the girls to undertake simple health checks, providing an alternative income. She is building a Friends of Badi clinic, which the girls will operate.

Awards Australia Business Achievement Award

Beaumont People of Byron Bay
is a boutique Recruitment Agency, specialising in business support, people and culture, sales and marketing, education, health and charities. Their not-for-profit division is proud to have saved over $14 million in recruitment fees to over 250 charities. Beaumont People’s Northern Rivers team has grown from a one-man band to a team of five. They have placed over 200 people in roles and serviced over 100 businesses across the Northern Rivers.

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council is the largest private landholder on the Central Coast, with almost 6,000 hectares and 9,000 hectares under claim. Darkinjung has assisted in identifying over 7,000 registered sites of Aboriginal significance. They employ 21 staff and provide social housing, funeral fund assistance and cultural preservation. Their services are designed to empower the Aboriginal community socially, culturally and financially. Opportunities for economic development are created through strong investment and effective management of assets.

Wollongong Emergency Family Housing is a voice for people experiencing or at imminent risk of homelessness. In 201 7they supported 1,900 clients, these included people from non-English speaking backgrounds, youth and Indigenous people. During the ‘Wrap up Homelessness’ campaign, Wollongong Emergency Family Housing hosted a challenge, inviting community leaders to ‘Walk in my shoes’ and be homeless for 24 hours. Their mobile Outreach Service truck makes available information, support assistance, clothes, toiletries and food.

Southern Cotton of Whitton is an independently owned ginning facility. They employ 18 fulltime and up to 50 seasonal workers and have provided cotton ginning and related services to the Southern Valley’s growers for seven years. In 2017, they reached the milestone of processing one million bales. Southern Cotton's purpose-built ginning program, state-of-the-art facility and focus on innovation is giving growers a better yield. They won the 2015 Telstra Australian Regional Business of the Year.

 

icare Connecting Communities Award

Matthew Priestley of Moree is a proud Mehi Murri man. A Senior Leader at Moree East Public School, he is creates and conducts Indigenous Language and Culture classes. Matthew is on several Aboriginal Education committees and groups and is Chair of the Language & Culture Nest. Matthew works with elders, young people, community leaders and local service providers to ensure programs are relevant, engaging and appropriate to the needs of the community and local people.

The Write Road of Byron Bay is a wellbeing initiative for rural and remote Australians. Founded in 2014 by award-winning journalist and author Stephanie Dale, the Write Road is a building a nation of emerging writers. More than 1,500 people have attended The Write Road’s writing and communications workshops and training over the past four years. The Write Road has inspired some to become published authors, and everyone to use writing as a pathway to wellbeing.

Orange Sky Laundry of Newcastle has been operational since August 1, 2017 and has nine locations which are serviced on a regular weekly basis. The Newcastle operation is part of Orange Sky Laundry, Australia's first mobile laundry service for those experiencing homelessness. In the last 12 months they have achieved 1,130 laundry washes and 2,925 hours of positive conversations. They have 73 volunteers who combined, have completed 291 shifts with the laundry van.

  

2017 Finalists

NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Manager's Award
• Armidale Tree Group Inc.
• Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc, Tanilba Bay
• The Rick Farley Soil Conservation Reserve, Birdwoodton

NSW Department of Industry, Lands, Crown Reserve Trust Community Manager's Award
• Coolatai Sportground Reserve Management Committee
• Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve Trust 
• The Ulladulla Native Flora and Fauna Reserve Trust

1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award
• Dr Saba Nabi, Wagga Wagga
• Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar, East Maitland
• Jeanette Purkis, Mawson

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
• Fitness in The Park, Goulburn
• North Coast Holiday Parks Red Rock
• Jim's Bean Machine, Goulburn

Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
• Caernarvon Cherry Co, Orange
• McGregor Gourlay, Moree
• Botanical Innovations, Molong
• Drape Net, Nashdale

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
• BaptistCare Maranoa Alstonville
• Gummun Place Hostel, Merriwa
• BlueWave Living, Woy Woy

Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award
• The Flagstaff Group Ltd, Unanderra
• Lismore Helping Hands
• Hope Centre – Illawarra Food Hub 
• Moree Mobile Neighbourhood Watch

 

2016 Finalists

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

Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc 
Coffs Harbour City Council-Coffs Coast State Park 
The Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastle
Nambucca Shire Council, Business Development 


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

Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust of Rankin Park 
Borah Greek Reserve Trust for Public Hall 66806
Trundle Showground Trust 

Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award

BEST Food Garden of Inverell 
Nundle, New South Wales 
The Cad Factory of Sandigo 

Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award

The Cancer Support Group ACT Eden Monaro's Own of Queanbeyan 
Flagstaff Group of Unanderra 
Broken Hill Regional Events Centre Reserve Trust 

MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award

Kamini Morris of Long Jetty 
Suzanne Duggan 
Toni Shutt of Henty 
Trevor Russell of Boambee East 

1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award

Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar of East Maitland 
Hannah McInerney of Kiama 
Jennifer Cowley of Dubbo 
Paul Boultwood of Tarrawanna 

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Weeroona Aged Care Residence of Cowra
Accessible Living Options of Bathurst 
Mareeba Aged Care of Maclean 

Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award

Tamworth Country Music Festival 
Bluesfest of Byron Bay 
Parkes Elvis Festival 
Deni Ute Muste of Deniliquin 

 

2015 Finalists


CRT Agricultural Community Achiever Award

Brad Adams of Wauchope
Heath Rowe of HRFT Transport Mungindi
Kiama Farmers Market

Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Community Manager's Award 

Bungonia Park Trust
Ben Lomond War Memorial Hall Reseve Trust

 

Department of Primary Industries Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Manager's Award

Bendemeer Preschool Incorporated Committee
The Ethnic Communities Council of Newcastle
Camden Head Pilot Station


Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award

LightnUp Incorporated of Lismore
Boggabri Drovers Campfire 
Batlow CiderFest


MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award

Neil Pitt of Elemore Valley
Sarah Marciano of Byron Bay
Paws Pet Therapy of Thirlmere

Peabody Energy Environment & Landcare Award

Friends of the Colo of Wentworth Falls
Fingal Head Coastcare Inc. 
Coal Point Progress Association


Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award

Tidy Up Taree
Cancer Care Western NSW
Co-Care Incorporated of Tamworth


Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award

Local Health Medical Trust of Barham
Tumut District Community Transport
BEST Food Garden of Inverell


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

BaptistCare Maranoa Alstonville Residental Aged Care
BlueWave Living of Woy Woy
Charles O'Neill Hostel - Catholic Healthcare Mayfield
Feros Care of Byron Bay

 

2014 Finalists

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• Byron Bay Communitu Association Incorporated - Byron Bay
• Lake Menindee Plantation Reserve Trust
• NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust - Urunga Heads Holiday Park Morgo St Reserve

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Community Managers Award
• Bega Showground Trust - Bega
• Tamworth Public Recreation Reserve Trust - Tamworth
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust - Wellington

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Fingal Head Coastcare Inc - Fingal Head
• Illawarra Youth Landcare - Illawarra
• Ray Thompson - Nyngan

The Prime Super Community of the Year Population Under 15,000 Award
• Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre Inc
• Tathra Mountain Bike Club
• Warrae Wanni - Muswellbrook South Public School

The Prime Super Community of the Year Population Over 15,000 Award
• Byron Bay Community Association Incorporated
• Committee 4 Wagga
• Friends of the Regal Incorporated - Newcastle

The Elite Coatings Regional Service Award
• Alf Cantrell - Yeoval
• Dianne O'Brien - Umina Beach
• William Murray - Bulli

The Dobija Print World Events and Tourism Award
• Batlow Ciderfest
• Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival
• Canowindra Balloon Challenge Inc

2013 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• Central Coast Holiday Parks - Wyong Shire Council
• Wollongong City Council - The Blue Mile

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust - Community Managers Award
• Bulahdelah War Memorial Reserve Trust
• Tuggerah Lakes Reserve Trust

The Fantastic Furniture Indigenous Achievement Award
• Peak Hill Aboriginal Landcare Group
• William O'Brien

The Fantastic Furniture Youth Leadership Award
• Jayla Nix
• Saul Brady

The Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Under 15,000 Award
• Deniliquin Business Chamber
• Lower Lachlan Community Services

The Prime Super Community of the Year - Population Over 15,000 Award
• Catholic Community Services - Orana Division
• Our House

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Corowa District Landcare
•Ray Thompson

The Essential Energy Regional Service Award
• Alf Cantrell
• William Lawson

The Speciality Press Events and Tourism Award
• Canowindra Challenge Inc
• The Legendary Pacific Coast

The University of Newcastle Business Achievement Award
• Central Coast Group Training
• Milspec Manufacturing Pty Ltd

2012 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Corporate Managers Award
• Byron Youth Services of Byron Bay
• Bellinger Heads Holiday Park

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Community Managers Award
• Cowra Showground Racecourse & Paceway Trust
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust of Wellington

The NSW Trade & Investment - Business Development Organisation Award
• Hunter Region Business Enterprise Centre
• Johns River Progress Association of Morrland

The NSW Department Trade and Investment - Events & Tourism Award
• Boggabri Drovers Campfire
• The Legendary Pacific Coast of Port Macquarie

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award
• Landsavers Pty Ltd - Red Head
• Lithgow Bizzi Paws - Lithgow

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award
• Gunnedah Urban Landcare Group
• Inland Waterways Rejuvenation Association of Dubbo

The Prime Super - Regional & Rural Development Award
• Australian Vermiculture Pty Ltd - Broken Hill
• Glenwarrie Partnership - Tamworth

The Essential Energy - Regional Service Award
• Ted Bickford - Tuncurry
• Elsie Gordon - DUbbo

The NSW Department of Primary Industries - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Dungog & District Neighbourcare Inc
• Unitincare Casino Transport Team

The NSW Department of Primary Industries - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• East Ballina Lions Club Inc.
• Windale Mens Shed

2011 Finalists
The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Corporate Managers Award
• Bendemeer Preschool Inc - Bendemeer
• Coffs Harbour Showground & Public Recreation Trust - Coffs Harbour

The Crown Lands Crown Reserve Trust – Community Trust Award
• Mount Arthur Reserve Trust - Wellington
• Yarrie Lake Flora, Fauna & Recreation Reserve Trust - Wee Waa

The NSW Trade & Investment - Business Development Organisation Award
• Ariah Park Community
• Cobar Enterprise Facilitation - Cobar

The NSW Trade & Investment - Events & Tourism Award
• Canowindra Challenge Inc - Canowindra
• The Long Paddock - Hay

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award
• Chill at Evans Cafe - Evans Head
• Mai-Wel Group - Maitland

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award
• Australian Ecosystem Foundation - Lithgow
• Robert Quirk - Murwillumbah

The Prime Super - Regional & Rural Development Award
• C02 Australia - Wagga Wagga
• Outback Beds - Walgett

The Essential Energy - Regional Service Award
• Allison Hammett - Stockton
• George McCormick - Walgett Shire

The Crown Lands - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Deniliquin Ute Muster Volunteers
• Morundah Community

The Crown Lands - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Byron Bay Community Association Inc
• East Ballina Lions Club Inc

2010 Finalists
The NSW Industry & Investment Business Enterprise Award
• Cumnock Progress Association
• Milthorpe Business Committee

The NSW Industry & Investment Events and Tourism Award
• Booderee National Park - Jervis Bay
• Spirit of the Land - Lockhart
• The Long Paddock - Hay

The Salvation Army Employment Plus Employment and Training Award
• Break Thru People Solutions NSW Western Region - Dubbo
• Illawarra Industry Apprenticeship Project - Wollongong
• The Eurobodalla Adult Education Centre Inc - Batemans Bay

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award
• Little River Landcare Group Inc - Yeoval
• Declan Clausen - Wallsend
• Martin Royds - Braidwood

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve Trust - Corporate Managers Award
• The Four Post Youth Camp Trust - Mathoura
• Silverton Village Community Reserve Trust - Silverton
• Victoria Park Recreation Reserve Trust - Dubbo

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve Trust - Community Trust Award
• Banjo Paterson Park Trust - Yeoval
• Gooloogong War Memorial Hall Trust - Gooloogong
• Yarrie Lake Flora & Fauna Recreation Reserve Trust - Wee Waa

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Age of Fishes Museum - Canowindra
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Cumnock & District Progress Association - Cumnock

The NSW Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Broken Hill Volunteer Community - Broken Hill
• Disability Trust - Fairy Meadow
• Tweed Palliative Support Inc - Murwillumbah

2009 Finalists
The Department of Industry & Investment Business Enterprise Award
• Ballina Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc - Ballina
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Cumnock Progress Association - Cumnock

The Department of Industry & Investment Events and Tourism Award
Grand Pacific Drive - Wollongong

• Mungindi Music Festival Committee - Mungindi
• Yeoval Mulga Bill Festival - Yeoval
The Integral Energy Regional Service Award
• Juan Alvarez - Cambewarra
• John Blunt - Orange
• George McCormick - Walgett

The Kleenheat Gas Environment and Landcare Award
• Environmental Champions Program Caldwell Cluster Group - Barham
• Little River Landcare Group Inc - Yeoval
• Mid Coast Dairy Advancement Group Inc - Taree

The Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve - Trust Managers Award

• Coffs Harbour Showground & Public Recreation Trust - Coffs Harbour
• Lady Denman Management Committee - Huskisson
• Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust - Newcastle

The Land & Property Management Authority Crown Reserve - Trust Community Award
• Alumy Creek Reserve Trust - Grafton
• Broken Hill Regional Events Centre Reserve Trust - Broken Hill
• Montreal Goldfield Management Committee - Bermagui

The Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce Inc - Brunswick Heads
• Premer Community - Premer
• Rural Care Link Drought Relief Team - Jindera

The Land & Property Management Authority - Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Caringa Enterprises Ltd - South Grafton
• Power of Choice - Port Macquarie

2008 Finalists
The Department of State & Regional Development Business Enterprise Award
• Hunternet Cooperative Ltd - Newcastle
• Regional Media Networks Pty Ltd - Bowral
• Totaltravel.com - Byron Bay

The Department of State & Regional Development Events and Tourism Award
• Brunswick Heads Old & Gold Festival - Brunswick Heads
• Elvis Revival Inc - Parkes
• Mungindi Music Festival - Mungindi

The Integral Energy Regional Service Award
• Peter “Jack” Barnes - Eugowra
• Tania Hartigan - Wallabadah
• Steven Lucas - Armidale

The Kleenheat Gas Environment and Landcare Award
• Canberra Girls Grammar School - Deakin
• Clean Energy for Eternity - Bega
• Little River Landcare Group - Yeoval

The Department of Lands Crown Reserve Trust Administrators Award
• Conargo Shire Council - Conargo
• Dubbo City Council - Dubbo
• Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust - Newcastle

The Department of Lands Crown Reserve Trust Community Award
• Ashby Community Centre & Recreation Reserve - Ashby
• Killalea State Park Trust - Shellharbour
• Wanganella Tidy Towns Committee - Wanganella

The Department of Lands Community of the Year Award (population under 15,000)
• Coomba District Progress Association - Coomba
• The Drought Relief Team, Rural Care Inc - Jindera
• Tullamore Inc - Tullamore

The Department of Lands Community of the Year Award (population over 15,000)
• Hunter Youth Challenge - Singleton
• Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol - Port Stephens Nelson Bay
• Marymead Child & Family Centre - Narrabundah