WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2019 Winners

The 2019 Winners with Noel Brunning, GWN7 at the Hyatt Regency Perth


Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

Boab Health Services of Broome values remote travel safety for their staff. Boab Health has its own fleet of quality 4WD’s which boast key safety features such as satellite tracking, emergency duress pendants, satellite phones, emergency breakdown kits and water and access to the RAC breakdown service. New staff receive a comprehensive remote travel orientation training. Boab Health has developed a remote travel manual, also called the remote travel bible, which is constantly updated and developed. As a result, Boab Health has had no major incidents for over 21 years, involving any of its 30 staff who travel monthly to remote facilities in the Kimberley.

Rick Howe, Deputy Chief Executive, Insurance Commission of Western Australia presented Boab Health Services with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award


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

Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network Program is committed to improving road networks for the agriculture industry. Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network Program aims to provide as much access as safely achievable on low traffic volume roads in the Wheatbelt region, which largely depends on its agricultural and transport sectors. The pilot project successfully engaged 42 local governments – most of whom lack the resources and capacity to maintain sections of the network within their boundaries – into an efficient, sustainable and cost effective integrated transport network freight network with 80 connecting routes. This led to a $70-million commitment by the Federal Government through the Roads of Strategic Importance initiative.

Hon. Darren West MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade presented Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network Program with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award 


Prime Super Business Achievement Award

Life and Soul Health and Fitness Club of Djugun is dedicated to serving the community through fitness. Life and Soul operates a fitness facility 24/7, 365 days a year, with modern equipment, up-to-date programs, first-class products and community events. The Club offers a venue where locals can meet and exercise together. They currently employ over 150 people throughout the Northwest, all of whom enjoy membership to the club, access to the F45 studios and training opportunities. Life and Soul increased its net profits by 30% in 2018 and its membership has grown to 8,500 plus. For its achievements, they were awarded the Broome Small Business Chamber Awards for Best Innovative Company.

Alisha Wilde, Regional Manager WA, Prime Super presented Life and Soul Health and Fitness Club with the Prime Super Business Achievement Award


Curtin University, School of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre of Kununurra is committed to sharing, nurturing and revitalising the Miriwoong language. The Centre is an Indigenous-led Aboriginal corporation established in the 1970s to preserve Miriwoong, the traditional language and culture of the Traditional Owners in and around Kununurra. The Miriwoong Language Nest is the only program of its kind in Kununurra, teaching the critically endangered language to over 400 children through immersive teaching techniques like songs, games and simple-talk activities. A Public Language Class is held weekly and language workers record and broadcast programs on Waringarri Radio. The program is reaching both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to instil cross-cultural awareness and communication.

Professor Rhonda Oliver, Head of School, Curtin University presented Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture Centre with the Curtin University, School of Education Teaching Excellence Award


RAC Volunteering Award

Les Wallam of Eaton has devoted his life to the development of the Roelands community. He is an elder and has been the volunteer CEO of Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc., a registered an Aboriginal charity for 12 years. Les is responsible for turning Roelands, a former “Stolen Generation” mission site, into a thriving community. He manages a labour force and oversees 30 houses on-site and 500 acres of land. Les works endlessly so he can pass on his cultural knowledge and skills to the younger Noongar generation. Les has partnered with WAITOC to develop Roelands into a tourism product, creating an income stream for the village.

Professor Ross Dowling AM, Vice President, RAC presented Les Wallam with the RAC Volunteering Award


Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Froth Craft Brewery of Exmouth is an award winning culinary and craft beer microbrewery in the north-west WA desert that has become an iconic stop for visitors and locals. Launched in 2017 by Phil Gray, Pete Firth and Tyler Little, Froth is open 7 days a week and employs up to 26 staff in peak season. Since opening they have reinvested profits, expanded the brewery's capacity to 200 and upgraded equipment resulting in a higher quality of product. They are approached to attend many festivals, they foster the Exmouth arts community and sponsor many local clubs. Froth won the 2018 Australian Hospitality Association’s Tourism Initiative Award.

Julian Hill presented Froth Craft Brewery with the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award


Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award

Djarindjin Airport is an epic example of economic self-determination. Djarindjin Airport is 100% owned by the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation and lies near the top of the Dampier Peninsula. For the past eight years, the airport team has provided hot refuelling services for helicopters flying to the Browse Basin oil and gas fields. The Corporation saw the commercial opportunity and borrowed $6M to pay development costs. Today, Djarindjin Airport provides sustainable, high-quality jobs to local people and an on-going profit stream supporting a multitude of community programs and local business development. It supports 20 local jobs and produces significant income for the community

Ralph Addis, Director General, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development presented Djarindjin Airport with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award


Community TAB Community Service Award

Nanette Williams of Nickol has a passion for community health and has been a vital part of the Karratha community for the past 36 years. After six years of hard work and dedication, she was able to develop the Community Health Centre. At the time, there were no female doctors, no support services for the disabled and people with drug and alcohol issues. Nanette was coordinator of the Karratha Community Health Centre for the Health Department of WA, administrator of three hospitals and Pilbara Regional Manager. She helped establish The Karratha Women’s Place and achieved funding for an employment service and supported workplace service.

Matthew Thomas, General Manager, Community TAB presented Nanette Williams with the Community TAB Community Service Award


Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award

WA iSports Inc. of East Bunbury is building an active and inclusive community. WA iSports provides a welcoming community that embraces diversity and provides opportunities for members to participate in inclusive and accessible sporting activities, life-skills and well-being programs for free or at a low cost. They run an annual multi-sport community event, weekly training sessions and music activities. Volunteers and members run programs for people with complex disabilities, schools, and aged care facilities. In 2018, WA iSports helped send 14 athletes and 8 volunteers to Malaysia for a sporting and cultural exchange. WA iSports held a Health and Wellbeing Expo in September 2019.

Anthea Halliday, Woolworths Supermarkets presented WA iSports Inc with the Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Shannon Richards of Boulder is committed to offering a high level of service in the recreational and leisure industry. Since 2013, Shannon has been an employee at Goldfields Oasis, a local business that provides a year-round recreational venue and hosts most of the community’s sporting needs and major events. Starting as junior lifeguard, Shannon is now customer service team leader, acting as liaison between customers and Goldfields Oasis departments, making sure that communication lines are effective and customer satisfaction is a priority. Shannon received the Rising Star Award from the City of Kalgoorie-Boulder in 2018 and Oasis Employee of the Year in 2017 and 2016. 

Jean Dennehy, Regional Wholesale Manager NSW, Ricoh Australia presented Shannon Richards with the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

South West Community Care of Harvey has excelled in the area of people management. Starting 30 years ago by volunteers, they provide support services to about 50 people. In 2014, the facility relocated to the 24-hectare Eden Grove Community Precinct on the outskirts of Harvey. The 150 staff serving an area of over 5000sqm in six South West shires. South West Community Care has a culture of continuous learning and supports employee development. Management encourages all workers to gain a Certificate III in Aged Care. They offer traineeships, a pay rate structure based on career progress and financial support for staff to complete their qualifications.

Alisha Wilde, Regional Manager WA, Prime Super presented South West Community Care with the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award


Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award

Albany Roller Derby League of Spencer Park has redefined volunteerism and leadership. They built a sporting club and a one-of-a-kind venue, run solely by volunteers who rely on fundraising and a passion to achieve the dream. The specialised venue called “The Track” has since become the site of multiple community swap meets, subleasing at a low cost to small start-up businesses and community groups and a training venue for the roller derby league. They are the first regional roller derby club in WA to be accredited by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Albany Roller Derby League is operated by volunteers, from executive and management committees to coaches.

Jodie Lynch, West Kimberley Retail & Community Manager, Horizon Power presented Albany Roller Derby League with the Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award