Nominations are now open for the annual Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards to recognise the accomplishments of individuals, groups and businesses throughout the State.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is a major partner in the awards, which features 12 categories ranging from agricultural innovation to business achievement to teaching excellence and volunteering.
The department is sponsoring the DPIRD Economic Development Award, which seeks to acknowledge the endeavours of those in the business and not-for-profit sectors to pursue opportunities that generate growth and jobs.
The award is open to retailers, service providers, organisations, development associations and groups that seek to improve prosperity in the regions by driving economic development, local capability and social amenity.
In addition to accolades, winners will receive $2,000 in prize money, a trophy and a certificate.
Department Director General, Ralph Addis, encouraged interested parties to nominate either themselves or a worthy recipient who was making a contribution to the regions.
“Regional WA punches above its weight in stimulating innovation, realising business opportunities and community engagement, often overcoming challenging conditions created by the tyranny of distance of our large State,” Mr Addis said.
“The department is proud to support these awards and applaud the achievements of regional Western Australians, who make a valued contribution to the economy and the wellbeing of so many people across the State.”
Previous recipients, such as 2018 DPIRD Economic Development Award recipients, health drink manufacturer Bee Firm, have highlighted the contribution of the regions to WA.
“I encourage anyone who has made a contribution to regional WA to nominate for these awards to support and encourage their endeavours and inspire others,” Mr Addis said.
To nominate for the DPIRD Economic Development Award or any of the other WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards click here. Nominations close Wednesday, 10 July.
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