WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2017 Winners of the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards

2017 Winners with MC Noel Brunning, GWN7 News Presenter.

 

2017 Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Overall State Winner

Dr John van Bockxmeer of South Hedland founded ‘Fair Game’ in 2010. Fair Game is a charity that tackles the health disadvantage of remote Indigenous and refugee communities. Some of their programs, Recycle and Donate; Game On! and Healthy Communities, incorporate education on hygiene, nutrition and team work. John and his 200 volunteers have also distributed 22,000 items of recycled sports equipment to people in remote communities.

 

Ralph Addis, Director General, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development presented Nicki Bardwell, representing Dr John van Bockxmeer. 

 

Community TAB Community Service Award

Wongan Hills Therapy Group is a not-for-profit disability support group, started by local parents to provide essential services and supports for families with special needs children. They have weekly therapy programs and the Wheatbelt’s only special needs resource library. The group relies on a dedicated team of volunteers and collaborates with the local school, professional therapists and community groups.

Matthew Thomas, General Manager - Human Resources, Community TAB presents Wongan Hills Therapy Group with the Community Service Award.

Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award

Neville Talbot of Mount Clare is a highly accomplished educator, and has contributed greatly to the broader musical community of Albany and the Great Southern Region. He teaches voice, percussion, group music lessons and choirs and is the Artistic Director of the Albany Sinfonia Orchestra. Neville develops innovative programs and partnerships to maximise opportunities for local musicians and supports local young musicians in their development beyond school.

Dr Karen Murcia, Deputy Head of School, School of Education, Curtin University presents Neville Talbot with the Teaching Excellence Award.

Harmony Agriculture and Food Co Agricultural Innovation Award

Chestnut Brae of Carlotta is a 70 acre chestnut farm which was purchased by John and Linda Stanley in 2013. Wanting to add value, they travelled through Europe, bringing home 300 recipes. They also raise heritage Berkshire pigs for delectable chestnut fed pork and make crème de Marrons, chestnut flour, chestnut puree and ice-cream. Partnering with Blackwood Valley Brewing, their chestnut ale won Gold at the 2017 International Beer Awards.

Richard Pearce, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Harmony Agriculture & Food Company presents Cally Dupe, representing Chestnut Brae with the Agricultural Innovation Award.

Horizon Power Leadership and Innovation Award

Dr John van Bockxmeer of South Hedland founded ‘Fair Game’ in 2010. Fair Game is a charity that tackles the health disadvantage of remote Indigenous and refugee communities. Some of their programs, Recycle and Donate; Game On! and Healthy Communities, incorporate education on hygiene, nutrition and team work. John and his 200 volunteers have also distributed 22,000 items of recycled sports equipment to people in remote communities.

Tracy Armson, Manager Communications, Horizon Power presents Nicki Bardwell, representing  Dr John van Bockxmeer with the Leadership and Innovation Award.

Insurance Commission of Western Australia Regional Safety Award

Cory Payne of New Norcia was critically injured in a car accident and after three months in hospital had to re-learn to walk and talk. Cory has since completed his 18th fun run, raising $40,000 for charities and speaks at sporting events and schools to raise awareness of road safety. He produced a short video of his journey "Not drunk, not speeding - JUST TIRED".

Kane Blackman, Commission Secretary, Insurance Commission of Western Australia presents Cory Payne with the Regional Safety Award.

LandCorp Sustainability Award

Dunsborough Primary School students are involved with daily sustainability practices including recycling, composting, looking after the worms and chickens, energy, and water saving. Their biennial showcase "Sustainability Expo" outreaches into the community and teaches sustainable behaviours to others. The students are advocates for sustainability events including Tree planning with Planet Ark, Nude Food Day and the quarterly WalkingSchool Bus which attracts 200 participants.

Stuart Nahajski, General Manager, Regional, LandCorp presents Dunsborough Primary School with the Sustainability Award.

Prime Super Business Achievement Award

Wattnow Electrical of Derby is a multi-award winning Aboriginal owned and operated company run by Jonathon and Prue Smith. Over the past four years they have grown from two employees to 12, and increased revenue by over 450%. They support local community, sponsor sporting teams and events, and provided free electrical work for the local Women’s Shelter. Wattnow is also dedicated to providing jobs and training for Aboriginal people.

Mark Ashburn, General Manager Distribution, Prime Super presents Wattnow Electrical with the Business Achievement Award.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Southern Cross Care - Victoria Park Aged Care of Kalgoorlie caters for 51 residents and is one of the first aged-care homes nationally to have an onsite dental clinic. Their 57 permanent staff have flexible working arrangements and an employee assistance program. Staff are supported to complete further studies and the in-house child care encourages parents to return to the workforce whilst the children enrich the resident’s lives.

Alisha Wilde, Regional Manager (Health), Prime Super presents Southern Cross Care - Victoria Park Aged Care with the Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award.

RAC Volunteering Award

The Kyle Andrews Foundation of Broome was established 20 years ago as a legacy to 11 year old Kyle Andrews, who lost his battle with cancer. They run annual Kyle’s Camps for children with cancer, and provide a house close to the hospital and a family holiday retreat in Broome. Driven by volunteers, their fundraising events include the annual Kyle's Cable Beach walk attracting 1,000 participants.

Tony Evans, President, RAC presents The Kyle Andrews Foundation with the Volunteering Award.

Rinehart Development of Northern Regional WA Award

Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation in Wedgefield began in 1994 to provide Aboriginal people living in 29 remote communities with essential services such as power and water. Other services include property management, support and tenancy education, environmental health and municipal services. The Corporation is a 100% Aboriginal owned, not for profit organisation employing 90 people with a Board of seven Elders.

Marguerite Olivier, Sponsorships Manager, Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd presents Pilbara Meta Maya Regional Aboriginal Corporation with the Development of Northern Regional WA Award.

Worldwide Sports Award

Nathan Groch of Port Hedland is a triathlete. He also coaches and referees water polo games and is on several committees. Training remotely, Nathan is coached via the internet and has to swim in backyard pools because the local pool closed down. Nathan was first in his age group in the 2017 Ironman Australia, qualifying him for the World Championships. He has a World Ranking of 7th in his age group.

Jon Dorotich, Director, Worldwide presents Ashlee Groch, representing Nathan Groch with the Sports Award.