WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2018 Finalists

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Wrapped Creations of Karratha is an events management company specialising in Northwest events. They are also the innovator of community orientated events which showcase the Pilbara as a dynamic, fun place to live. Wrapped Creations has successfully created high end fashion and music events such as the Gossip Festival. Its beer and beef festival, Brew in the Moo has been included in the 2018 Urban List Perth’s Top 10 Events to travel to.

Waringarri Aboriginal Arts of Kununurra is a community owned Aboriginal centre. With a strong vision, they deliver social, cultural and economic benefits for artists and community. Waringarri Aboriginal Arts provides income and employment opportunities to over 75 artists, performers, cultural tour guides and arts-workers. Offering a unique tourism destination, visitors experience authentic Aboriginal culture and are able to purchase beautiful artworks and exclusive artist inspired merchandise. All proceeds are reinvested in ongoing arts and cultural projects.

Impact Media of Karratha is a 100% Indigenous-owned creative agency offering a complete range of graphic design, communications and marketing services. Established by Tamara BinAmat in 2013, Impact Media helps new and existing businesses to develop and communicate a strong brand. Impact Media has won national contracts from major corporate and Federal Government clients. Tamara is on the Board of the City of Karratha’s Small Business Advisory Council and the Board of Karratha Young Professionals.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Waratah Lodge of Wagin provides both low and high care to its 18 residents allowing them to age in place within the home. Waratah Lodge has been accepted into the Regional Residential Dementia Project. The 27 employees work mainly in a part time capacity and those with children or caring commitments are rostered according to their needs. On school holidays children come and engage in activities with the residents, providing a welcome intergenerational experience.

Manjimup Community Home Care of Manjimup is a not for profit organisation. Operating since 1988, they enable their 400 clients to live independently and remain at home. Part of the Dementia Friendly Communities program, the Wellness and Respite Centre has a Sensory Garden and is a welcome hub for seniors, people with disabilities and those with dementia. Staff have flexible hours, cultural and volunteer leave, career development, a wellness program, resulting in a high employee retention rate.

South West Community Care of Harvey has been operating for over 30 years and currently has more than 70 paid staff and as many volunteers. They provide in-home nursing, personal care, home maintenance and meal preparation. The organisation also boasts a full calendar of social activities and outings. Offering a family-friendly work environment staff, staff have flexible working and children are encouraged to participate in intergenerational activities. Staff utilise a social media group with quarterly social events.

Narrogin Cottage Homes Inc. has a 50 bed residential complex known as Karinya, which includes a dementia secure unit and 58 independent living units, accommodating over 120 residents. The volunteer committee, Friends of Karinya participate in fundraising and social activities such as singers and an animal farm visit. Narrogin Cottage Homes takes pride in their high staff retention rate. A wide variety of shifts are available to staff to match their physical capacity and skills.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award

Bee Firm NRG of Applecross produces natural honey drinks that are a healthy alternative to energy drinks and soft drinks. They utilise West Australian Honey, ginseng, guarana and native Kakadu plums, with no processed sugars, which has proven to be the point of difference in a crowded drink. Bee Firm NRG directly and indirectly provide hundreds of jobs. They are also support Western Australian athletes who compete in a variety of adrenalin pumping sports.

The Djarindjin Airport of Broome is fully staffed and managed by 39 local Indigenous workers. The airport supplies a refueling base for Helicopters taking staff on and off the Shell and INPEX platforms in the Browse Basin. It is also one of very few civilian airports where they undertake hot refueling of helicopters. With the Liquid Natural Gas expected to continue for 40 - 60 years, training and employment opportunities will be provided for several generations.

AGRIFresh of Badgingarra is one of the largest family owned citrus growers in Western Australia, employing 75 staff during season. They distribute to leading national retailers and wholesalers and are the leading citrus exporter in WA. Their fertiliser, insurance and machineries supplies are all purchased locally. AGRIfresh encourage students to enter the horticulture industry at field days to create local jobs. They won the 2017 Emerging Export of the Year Award.

RAC Volunteering Award

Andrew Smith of Boulder is currently the longest serving volunteer for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Soup Patrol, having been an active member for 12 years. Andrew has sought donations, sponsorships and volunteers to fund and run the Soup Patrol, enabling it to continue. Andrew also donates money on behalf of his drilling company and he encourages his staff to also volunteer at the Soup Patrol. Andrew also volunteers for Red Cross and co-coordinates the Emergency Services Team.

Dellys Sice of Bridgetown has served on domestic violence and Aboriginal affairs action groups, Neighbourhood houses and secured 7.5 million dollars to establish mobile counselling services for 30 Wheatbelt towns, the Alive & Well suicide prevention program, and men’s health Pit Stop program. Dellys serves on boards for the Manjimup Family Centre, Henri Nouwen House and Geegeelup Village, building resilience through modernisation of governance and business procedures.

Mike Walmsley of Waroona volunteers for a number of organisations and committees and is a well-respected Shire Councilor and President. He is a Member and President of the Waroona West Fire Brigade and coached local football for ten years. Mike is the volunteer Chairperson of the Quambie Park Aged Care Facility. Mike was awarded a Shire of Waroona Meritorious Community Service Award in 2015 for his dedication to the community and volunteer work.

Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award

The Nungarin Community Resource Centre is an independent not-for-profit centre. They provide services including banking, print & design, stationery supplies and locally made products and souvenirs. They have made the transition to a Licensed Community Post Office after being without one in the town for 24 years. Nungarin CRC is committed to continuous improvement and is keen to develop a high quality range of services to best meet the needs of their community.

The Littlewell Working Group was established in 2010 and has 30 members. They created heritage trail and oral history project to document and honour the lives of the Aboriginal people who lived on Littlewell Reserve. The Littlewell project is an important community resource and promotes a strong message of reconciliation. The Littlewell project promotes a strong message of reconciliation and demonstrates what is possible when community bands together to achieve a collective vision.

Hedland Well Women’s Centre is a not-for-profit community organisation meeting the vital needs of women and families in the Port Hedland community. They currently have a Staff of 7 and a board of management of 12 members. The centre actively engages with almost 20,000 service users each year. They focus on strategies to encourage, enhance and empower women, through the provision of women’s health clinic, counselling services, social activities, drop-in facilities and women’s health advocacy.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Sarah Penn of Bulgarra has worked in early childhood, primary, secondary, adult and vocational education for 14 years. She considers herself a life-long learner with professional development and continuous improvement being extremely important to her. Her motivation is to provide opportunities to improve life outcomes through education, particularly for women and students from low socio economic backgrounds. Sarah has seen her students overcome obstacles to learn, achieve their goals and better themselves and their lives.

Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture of Kununurra was established in the 1970s to preserve and revitalise Miriwoong, the traditional language and culture of the traditional owners. The Miriwoong Language Nest has six Indigenous language teachers who deliver engaging, immersive language and cultural sessions. They have consistently adapted to changes in technology and adopted new innovative teaching methods, concepts and activities. The program is now teaching Miriwoong to 400 children each week in primary schools and early learning centres.

Jaclyn Drake of Kalgoorlie created the Kalgoorlie Science Teachers Network to address the lack of collaboration and knowledge sharing between teachers from different schools. She wrote successful grant applications for $40,000 of funding to coordinate professional development and networking opportunities for teachers and community science projects for students. Jaclyn also facilitated Kalgoorlie’s Early Career Teacher Program. She values lifelong learning and wants to bring teachers together to continuously improve education for the students of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Harmony Agriculture and Food Co Agricultural Innovation Award

Nigel Metz of Esperance works with local grain growers to improve production efficiency, harvest grain quality, telecommunications and supply chain opportunities. Nigel’s work on earlier grain harvest than traditional harvests is now seeing increases in yield, quality and production efficiencies. Nigel has written several publications which have been valuable resources for grain growers. Nigel has started “Lucky Bay Brewing” which is the first brewery in Australia to use barley straight from farm to brewery.

Women In Farming Enterprises (WIFE) of Harvey is an incorporated not for profit organisation designed to share ideas, experiences and offer support. The WIFE network has had a positive effect on farming communities, families and the industry. They promote active and positive images of farming and support the journey women experience within their varied roles in farm businesses. WIFE has 15 branches across WA and over 200 members.

AGRIFresh of Badgingarra are one of the largest exporter of citrus from WA to South East Asia Market They have established state-of-the-art of 8,000sqm packing facilities, with advance technology, robotics and vision grading. 3D models and maps of the orchards are produced using remote sensing technology to providing analytics in productivity, costing, weed pressure identifying and effectiveness of chemical. They are currently in preliminary stages with CSIRO, of developing an autonomous spray tractor.

Leigh Ballard of Narrogin is passionate about getting better regional internet connectivity. His business, Regional Communication Solutions supports farming businesses to reduce input costs and increase productivity with products such as mobile phone boosters, On-Farm Wi-Fi and CCTV. He uses technology to enable a smart phone to turn on a pump or open a gate from a remote location. Leigh volunteers with the Fire and Rescue and St Johns Ambulance and is the Shire President.

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award

Dr Anne Poelina of Broome has been a leader in policy and procedures in Indigenous education, research and training. She is a role model for young Indigenous women and supervises female PhD student researchers and emerging professionals. Anne is a key Indigenous community leader responsible for drafting the Fitzroy River Declaration and driving the establishment of Martuwarra Fitzroy River Council. Anne was awarded the 2017 Women’s World Summit Foundation Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life.

Kimika Lee of Broome is an Aboriginal Health Worker, in Specialist Palliative Care. Her leadership has inspired others and her work has made a significant impact on the access, experiences and outcomes of Aboriginal patients, carers and families. Kimika has mentored senior nursing and allied health staff and Aboriginal health colleagues, and has contributed to regional and state initiatives. Kimika contributed to palliative care data collection to build the capacity of health workers across the Kimberley.

Montana Ahwon of Kununurra is passionate about improving outcomes for young people in Kununurra. She worked with a local aboriginal organisation Waringarri- to create an aboriginal youth leaders committee. Montana talks about the inequalities faced by indigenous people in areas of education, employment and the impact that trauma has had on the community. She won the 2016 NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year Award and has been invited to attend the Young Leaders Forum in Bangkok.

Community TAB Community Service Award

Youth Involvement Council of South Hedland delivers programs to young people from 5 years old to 25 who are considered to be at risk, disadvantaged or homeless. Over half of the 40 employees are under 30 and a third are Aboriginal. The Youth Accommodation Program, fondly known in as YAP is a 24/7 crisis accommodation service. They also provide night patrols and a social enterprise cafe to assist young people to gain employable, transferrable skills.

Julian Pace of East Victoria Park is the founder of Happiness Co, a social movement aiming to end global unhappiness and reduce suicide, using solution based models. The programs empower people to change lives, reduce anxiety and stress, and help with everyday issues. Using connection and contribution, through their social movement, Julian has now helped over 30,000 people. His Facebook page has grown to over 106,000 followers. Julian is assisted by 15 volunteer Ambassadors.

Eugene Eades of Boxwood Hills created The Nowanup program to support disadvantaged and troubled young people. Cultural knowledge camps and healing activities are held on Eugene’s property Nowanup, a meeting place for Noongar people. The Nowanup camp helps kids reconnect to their culture and community, with over 1,500 participants each year. Eugene runs cultural workshops for young Aboriginal people in the justice system, contributing to their sense of identity and worth, building cultural awareness and pride.

Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

Narembeen Community Resource Centre created the weeklong event, S.O.C.K. – Save Our Country Kids. Rocked by five road fatalities in 2016, it was clear something had to be done to get the road safety message to the front of people's minds. The Resource Centre coordinated the week which included a huge social media presence, featuring powerful heartbreaking stories showing the impact road tragedies have on our volunteers, families and the community as a whole.

Rotary Club of Geraldton conducts the Rotary WA Driver Education program for Year 10 & 11 Midwest students prior to them gaining their drivers licence. The project addresses issues such as fatigue, non-use of restraints, excessive speed, driver distraction and driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The program consists of 6 interactive sessions to encourage safer young drivers and a recognition of shared responsibility for road safety and trauma prevention.

Northam Local Drug Action Group in collaboration with Northam Roadwise Committee and other stakeholders, created the #AvonLocalsDrivingChange campaign. With Wheatbelt road crashes and road trauma statistics double rate of the regional average, they wanted to create conversations about road safety. The campaign reached over 60,000 people on social media, and 50,000 through radio advertisements. The concept of #AvonLocalsDrivingChange and the variety of strategies used successfully has become a model on which to base further campaigns.

Prime Super Business Achievement Award

The Goodnight Nurse of Vasse was born eight years ago from Emma Pollard’s experience of a sleepless baby and Post Natal Depression. Rather than a “one size fits all” approach, Emma tailors a sleeping plan for families based on their unique needs. The Goodnight Nurse has a global following and won numerous awards. Emma has written a book, is undertaking new ventures in child sleep apps and parenting podcasts, and is a regular guest speaker.

Bindoon Mowers and Machinery began in 2016 by siblings Justin and Rachel Witnell. Starting with one toolbox and a few spare parts, they now have a fully functional workshop and are 100% debt free. Their newly renovated showroom sells new and second-hand equipment. Justin and Rachel take on work experience students and donate hand tools to the Men’s Shed. They have won several awards including the 2017 Wheatbelt Business of The Year 2017.

Kooljaman of Cape Leveque is a remote wilderness camp owned and run by the Indigenous Bardi Jawi Communities. The unique off-the-grid wilderness camp is located on Native Title land and is sustained by solar power and local bore water. The low-impact accommodation has been specifically designed to reflect the Aboriginal values of caring for land and country. Kooljaman has been established for 20 years and has won numerous state and national tourism awards.

Southern Car Care of Bunbury has for over 20 years, been about safer, easier, secure and more enjoyable driving. Taking over from his father, Craig Ewen’s goal was to grow the business. They now offer retail customers the latest in in car accessories and have introduced car and home window tinting and pride themselves in being market leaders. Southern Car Care supports local sporting groups and annual events for disadvantaged youths and an Aboriginal youth group.

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Gravity Etc Pty Ltd of Dalyellup has a motto "Creating possibilities for youth and community". In 2015, Juliette Davies and her partner, created a 2,000sqm Trampoline park to provide safe activities for youth in a drug and alcohol free environment. Features include seven activity zones, a parents retreat, café, and free soft play area for children under 3. They have birthday packages and provide discounted sessions for guests with special needs or disabilities and carers jump free.

Karratha Life & Soul of Karratha has been operating as a private club for over 11 years and is a well-equipped, modern facility of worldwide standards. They are open 24/7, 365 days a year. They have a 12 month calendar of fitness challenges and events for their members and a fully stocked retail shop with supplements and gym gear. The crèche operates six days a week and was voted one of the best in the fitness industry.

Nudge Psychological Assessment & Consulting of Busselton began in 2012 with a commitment to create a Centre of Clinical Excellence in psychological services for the South West community. The practice has grown to a team of six highly qualified psychologists, a Practice Manager, administrative team, and a suite of allied health contractors. They were nominated Finalists in 15 small business awards last year, winning eight of them, including the 2017 WA Regional Small Business of the Year.