On Wednesday 24th February 2016, over 600 people gathered at ANZ Stadium to celebrate and honour some of the outstanding work in Greater Western Sydney (GWS) communities at the 2016 ZEST Awards.
The ZEST Awards are the annual celebration of innovation and creativity in the Community Sector, promoting a positive image of the region through highlighting our assets, our diversity and our creative and innovative work.
The event was hosted by Tom Nance (ZEST Awards Creative Director – Western Sydney Community Forum) and the evening kicked off with a “Welcome to Country” from Uncle Greg Simms.
15 Awards were handed out during the ceremony which included dynamic performances from Natraj Dance (pictured) and the Australian – Chinese Youth Sports Federation. A personal message from the ZEST Awards Patron, Mike Baird (Premier of NSW) was read out and speeches were given by Peter Shergold (Chancellor – Western Sydney University) and Robin Shreeve (Institute Director – TAFE Western Sydney Institute).
The results of the 15 Awards announced on the night are listed below. Congratulations to all of the Nominees, the Highly Commended and to the Winners.
[toggle title=”Outstanding Community Leader in a Paid Capacity”]Winner
[toggle title=”Outstanding Community Leader in a Voluntary Capacity”]Winner
[toggle title=”Outstanding Youth Leader”]Winner
[toggle title=”Western Sydney University Unsung Heroes”]Winner
[toggle title=”Hall of Fame”]Winner
[toggle title=”Exceptional Community Partnership in a Local Government Area”]Winner
Arrupe Place – Jesuit Refugee Service
FOCUS Lalor Park[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Exceptional Community Partnership across a Region”]Winner
Borrowers Beware Project
Walk for Water[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Exceptional Community Business Partnership”]Winner
Street Outreach & Drop In @ Bulldogs[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Out of the Box Award”]Winner
BANKSTOWN:LIVE & Involve Me[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Exceptional Project within a Not-For-Profit”]Winner
The HuB in Telopea
Blacktown Children’s Centre / Supported Play Group & Let’s Dine Out Program & Respect Project[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Outstanding Project Working with Aboriginal Communities in GWS”]Winner
Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir
Kasey is Missing[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Outstanding Project Promoting Social Cohesion and Community Harmony”]Winner
210th Anniversary Reconciliation Day at Prospect Hill[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Exceptional Social Enterprise in Greater Western Sydney”]Winner
MYC Painting Services
Darcy Street Project[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Outstanding Use of Technology by a Not-For-Profit Organisation”]Winner
“Every Moment Has Potential” Online Learning Resource for Disability Support Workers
Made In Mt Druitt
One Day For Peace[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Outstanding Voluntary Group/Organisation”]Winner
Queen of Hearts Community Foundation
Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCAN) (AWG)[/toggle]
For more information about the ZEST Awards, go to the website www.zestawards.com.au