Members Statement – Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards

The Regional Achievement and Community Awards acknowledge the tireless work of individuals, communities, businesses and groups to support the social, economic, commercial or environmental prosperity of regional and rural areas. Finalists of this year’s awards included many dynamic programs from across Northern Victoria including TwistED Science of Echuca, Wandoon Estate Aboriginal Corporation of Healesville, Food Next Door of Mildura, Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, Tyrrell College of Sea Lake. Northern Victorian organisations were strongly represented in the Employer Excellence in Aged Care category including Cooinda of Benalla, Jacaranda Village of RedCliffs, and St Catherine’s Hostel of Wangaratta.  Dianne McAuliffe of Shepparton was a finalist for her volunteer work with the elderly and Kevin Mitchell brought Devenish together to paint their silos. Community groups from Devenish, Golden Square, Goorambat and Puckapunyal have built volunteer programs and tourist opportunities for their towns. The ‘No Flies on Us’ campaign by the Goulburn Murray Regional Fruit Fly Project were worthy recipients of the 2019 Regional Achiever of the Year Award, strengthening management of fruit fly across the region and creating benchmarks that can be shared around Australia. Congratulations to all nominees, finalists and winners. You are ALL winners and our regions are stronger because of the work you do