Locals named as semi-finalist in regional community awards

Ballina-based Australian Seabird Rescue have been named semi-finalists 2013 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards.
Ballina-based Australian Seabird Rescue have been named semi-finalists 2013 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Two local organisations and a local woman have been named as semi-finalists 2013 NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards.

The Tweed Byron Ballina Community Transport has been nominated and has been shortlisted as a in the Prime Super Community of the Year Award Category, while Australian Seabird Rescue in Ballina has been shortlisted in the Peabody Environment and Landcare Award Category, and Murwillumbah woman Jan Cronly has been shortlisted in the Essential Energy Regional Service Award Category.

This annual awards program is initiated by PRIME7 and the Commonwealth Bank and provides an opportunity for regional and rural individual volunteers and community workers that are passionate about supporting their community and developing social, economic and environmental changes within their communities in NSW and ACT.

Ms Cronly has been dedicated to early childhood service delivery in the Tweed region since her eldest daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of three in 2008. 

Her family has faced the obstacles experienced by many families in regional areas around the lack of access to not only mainstream programs for 0-8 year olds, but in particular children with disabilities or developmental delays.

Australian Seabird Rescue Inc represents regional differences in impacted wildlife across the coastline with members on the south coast specialising in the care of penguins and members on the far north coast operate the second busiest sea turtle hospital in Australia.

A statement from the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards said that the group continues to "lead the way in the development of improved capture, handling, transport and rehabilitation of pelicans and over 120 other species of marine birds."

Tweed Byron Ballina Community Transport, which celebrates 25 years of operation this year,  provides help and essential transport to those who otherwise cannot manage or afford regular transport including, schools, the elderly, the physically challenged, Aboriginal communities, social groups and youth organisations.

The Semi Finalists will be reviewed and the three finalists of the Essential Energy Regional Service Award will be announced after the official judging day held on September 19 before a Gala Presentation on October 26, where the winners will be announced.

Topics:  australian seabird rescue

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