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What are the ZEST Awards?

A lot has changed since the inaugural ZEST Awards Ceremony was held six years ago. Greater Western Sydney has grown in stature and the ZEST Awards have grown with it. What hasn’t changed is the high quality of community initiatives in the region, with ZEST continuing to attract a range of inspiring and innovative nominees each year. The Awards, led by Western Sydney Community Forum, have celebrated almost 500 outstanding projects and individuals from the community across the past five years.

The ZEST Awards showcase the great work of the Community Sector across theregion, promoting a positive image of Greater Western Sydney region through highlighting our assets, our diversity and our creative and innovative work. This region includes Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith, Hills Shire, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee.

The ZEST Awards culminates at the Awards Ceremony, which has quickly established itself as the premier event for the Community Sector in Greater Western Sydney. All nominees are invited to attend, with nearly 600 people expected to gather to celebrate the Community Sector in 2016.

The ZEST Awards relies on nominations from the community to ensure that these inspiring individuals and projects are recognised. We need you to highlight their positive impact on the community. Nominate an initiative or person who inspires you in Greater Western Sydney!

Nominations for the 2016 ZEST Awards will be opening on the 4th of November 2015, allowing individuals and organisations residing or working in Greater Western Sydney to recognise the extraordinary work which happens in the region.

Once the nomination period has ended on the 18th of December 2015, nomination data will be collated and assessed to ensure that they meet the eligibility and selection criteria. All successful applications are then submitted to the ZEST Judging Panel, who will consider the supporting information provided for each nomination and decide on Winners for each category.

All nominees are then invited to attend the ZEST Awards Ceremony, which will be held at ANZ Stadium in Olympic Park in February 2016. Nearly 600 people are expected to attend the ZEST Awards Ceremony, where there will be great food, entertainers from across Greater Western Sydney and plenty of memorable moments.