Western Australian Community Achievement Awards

2020 Winners


The 2020 Winners at the Hyatt Regency Perth


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

West Coast Honey was founded in 2003 and has built honey extraction facilities to provide an environment for education and learning for the general public and to sell beekeepers’ honey. New owner and manager Tina Mettam took over almost 5 years ago. They now have a small café offering homemade cakes and treats and barista coffees and cold drinks. West Coast Honey takes pride in communicating promptly, professionally and kindly with all customers so they receive the information and service they require. They reply to reviews and personally contact each person. They immediately rectify issues and offer free coffee in-store and other gestures of kindness.

 Troy Anderson, Regional Wholesale Manager NSW, Ricoh Australia presented West Coast Honey with the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Yaandina Community Services Ltd is a small 20-bed residential aged care facility with a new 10 bed wing soon to be commissioned. Of their 20 residents currently, 14 are local Aboriginal people and many staff have extensive knowledge of the local language and family groups. Yaandina has a strong staff development program with six monthly performance review and training plans to support a career pathway and identify personal and leadership development. Indigenous staff are supported with Lore and Cultural Leave and are acknowledged and supported at sorry business and funeral times. On offer is an Employee Assistance program and financial assistance, housing and advocacy when required.

Radek Kotlarczyk, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Yaandina Community Services Ltd with the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award


Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Economic Development Award

AGRIFresh is passionate about promoting Regional WA. For over 15 years, AGRIFresh has supported the local community, local business and suppliers and local service providers. They adopt the “Buy Local Policy” to ensure sustainability and support from the region. They have developed 300 hectares of citrus and mango plantation and expanded their export market to 15 countries. AGRIFresh is on track to reach $5 million in revenue in 2020 despite COVID-19. They have established an 8,000-square metre packing facility. From a small team of two, they now provide employment to 82 people, with 85% of the jobs located in Moora, Dandaragan and Badgingarra.

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


Woolworths Community Group of the Year Award

The Rural, Regional & Remote Women's Network of WA has been actively engaging with the 265,000 women of rural, regional and remote Western Australia since 1996. In June 2020, they provided input to a WA Government Ministerial Round Table on the impacts of the COVID-19 shutdown on women. In mid-2019, they hosted ten regional forums to support the Women’s Voices initiative, where they highlighted major issues for women such as lack of career-building jobs, leadership roles and essential women’s health services, and sexual harassment. The Network has partnered with Curtin University to deliver regional leadership programs and with National Body Agrifutures Australia to acknowledge the essential role of women.

The Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network of WA with the Hon Darren West MLC.


 Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Willie Creek Pearls is passionate about North West’s tourism. Willie Creek Pearls is a local family owned and operated business that operates across six industries: tourism, retail, commercial pearling, manufacture, jewellery and hospitality. The company has evolved from having nine staff in 1989 to now 84 local team members employed during 2019 peak season. They operate the Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Discover Broome Tour, Pearl Luggers Museum and Elizabeth Quay Pearl Experiences. They also run seven jewellery showrooms, the Zookeepers Store café and Harvest Café. The company has maintained Eco Accreditation since 2008. They also engage the services of 110 locally-based Broome suppliers.

Katherine Savage, Principal External Affairs, Hancock Prospecting presented Willie Creek Pearls with the Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award


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

Bindoon Library is a community hub that provides entertainment, education, support, socialisation, and information for the community. The Library has one full-time staff and seven volunteers. In October 2016 they introduced “Theme Months” and started planning activities, workshops and seminars around the themes, leading to over 200% increase in visits. All activities are free and aim to promote library services, activate the library space and build community connectivity. They have collaborated with groups such as Better Beginnings, Advocare, Safety House WA, Chittering Cancer Support Group and Palliative Care Australia. During COVID-19, they introduced a pick-up service for loans and took activities online.

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 Bindoon Library with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award


Prime Super Business Achievement Award

Brida Pty Ltd is a social enterprise owned and operated by the Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation that delivers cleaning, grounds maintenance and waste management services in Pilbara. Brida was incorporated in 1999 and started working with Rio Tinto providing grounds maintenance. From eight employees in 2008, Brida now employs 170 staff, all of whom are local and 60% are Aboriginal, making it the largest employer of Aboriginal people in Roebourne. In 2019, they started providing waste management services for the City of Karratha and the Wickham Waste Transfer Station. The company’s expanded customer base and services resulted in an annual revenue of $11 million.

Radek Kotlarczyk, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Brida Pty Ltd with the Prime Super Business Achievement Award


RAC Volunteering Award

Sharon Henderson has dedicated over 40 years to numerous organisations and charities promoting the advancement of health, education and wellbeing of the community. In 2020, Sharon became a mentor at Coder-Dojo workshops, helping children with Autism learn coding. She has also taken an active role in the Goldfields Disabled Sports. She was instrumental in establishing the Henderson Centre and the Before School Care Program at East Kalgoorlie Primary School, where she helped Aboriginal children have access to food, clothing, healthcare and transport. Sharon worked hard in petitioning for the installation of an MRI machine in the Kalgoorlie Health Campus, getting over 2,500 signatures.

Will Golsby, General Manager Corporate Affairs, RAC presented Sharon Henderson with the RAC Volunteering Award


Curtin University, School of Education Teaching Excellence Award

Donna Goodman advocates for the empowerment of young Aboriginal people. Donna is an On-Country Trainer at the Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Ltd. She designed and implemented their On-Country Education programmes, framework and resources, ensuring they met all Department of Education requirements. The age-specific programmes are activity-based and provide a solution to the intergenerational barriers that Aboriginal Australians presently face throughout their years of schooling. The alternative learning method is delivered in an interactive natural environment and revolves around three courses: Bush classroom, Ranger 4 Life and Lifeskills to Leadership. In designing the Programme, Donna identified different approaches and philosophies pertaining to inclusiveness.

Professor Rhonda Oliver, Head of School, Curtin University presented Donna Goodman with the Curtin University, School of Education Teaching Excellence Award


Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

Royal Perth Hospital, P.A.R.T.Y. Program or Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth is a unique evidenced-based licenced program that promotes injury prevention through vivid clinical reality, enabling youth aged 14 and above to recognise risks, make informed choices and learn about the potential traumatic consequences of risk-taking behaviour. The Program provides an opportunity for teens to go ‘behind the scenes’ of a hospital following the trauma patient’s journey and speak with experienced trauma nurses, doctors and physiotherapists. The Program has a Regional Expansion Project funded by the Road Safety Commission. By December 2019, more than 18,700 students have attended the Program in WA.

 Rod Whithear, Chief Executive Officer, Insurance Commission of Western Australia presented Royal Perth Hospital P.A.R.T.Y Program with the Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award