This award category is proudly presented by ZEST Event Leader – Western Sydney Community Forum.
- Must show evidence of how stakeholders have worked in partnership to achieve an extraordinary outcome for the community.
- Must demonstrate strength of relationship between community and business partners.
Connective Collective Initiative
The Connective Collective is a joint initiative between Settlement Services International and White Pages Australia. Launched in September 2017, this initiative understands the difficulties that new migrants and refugees have in making connections in their community and innovatively link new migrants and refugees with the businesses and services in the wider community that they need to build their new lives.
Barnardos Australia and ALDI Australia
Since 2003, the Barnardos Australia and ALDI Australia Health and Wellbeing partnership has supported disadvantaged children, young people and families by regularly donating excess stock to the Barnardos Auburn Children’s Family Centre. As well as raising public awareness and significant funds for Barnardos Australia, staff were able to furnish and stock four temporary accommodation units onsite and give new goods to families in need. In 2016-17, 13,464 children and young people were supported across Australia. With ALDI’s support, Barnardos staff have assisted 307 children and young people, helping them to achieve both educational and personal goals.
Community housing provider, Evolve Housing, partnered with leading property developers PAYCE to deliver Harts Landing, an integrated residential development in Penrith. Completed in 2018, there are 268 apartments including 10 social housing units, with the remainder almost equally divided as affordable housing and privately owned. Truly integrated and socially inclusive, there are no visual or quality difference between apartments and all residents enjoy access to its recreational facilities. It is located within a five-minute walk of transport, shopping centres, educational and employment facilities. Harts Landing has enhanced the lives of hundreds of Western Sydney residents who were previously homeless or in housing stress.
Business Walk and Talk – Saigon Place
Canterbury Bankstown City Council’s Regulatory Compliance Unit developed a new program for the streets of Saigon Place, Bankstown, in response to concerns about negative impact in this space. Council instigated a program to connect, educate and transform the area into a cultural tourist destination and eating hub, celebrating Vietnamese culture and cuisine. A first of its kind for Canterbury-Bankstown, the program connected Council, local businesses and stakeholders in developing cleanliness, pride and vitality. Food tours are conducted, and the local Pho (traditional Vietnamese soup) featured in a gourmet magazine. Residents and businesses are motivated to develop new initiatives, to further improve the area.
Tag 4 Trust
Blacktown City Council partnered with Insurance Australia Group and the Tag for Trust Committee, with a shared goal of developing trust between children and young people, adult community members, human services and government organisations in the Mount Druitt 2770 postcode. Insurance Australia Group provided financial support, to deliver a Basketball and Oz-tag program, building connection between community members, service providers, Blacktown Council, NSW Police, NSW Ambulance and the NSW Fire Service. More than 250 participants aged 5 – 18 engaged with 40 emergency service personnel and 50 community volunteers. The program has created much-needed experiences of mutual good will, and employment opportunities for young people.
TEDxParramatta shares ideas from individuals striving to shape a better tomorrow. This localised gathering stimulates conversation between unlike-minded individuals, with ideas from their peers in Parramatta, later uploaded to the global TEDx Talks archive on YouTube for wider viewing. TEDxParramatta is co-produced by three local business women who have identified a gap in knowledge-sharing events for local audiences. TEDxParramatta was piloted in 2018 to a sold-out audience. Themes have included accessible housing, piracy in the twenty-first century, the strength of diversity, redefining education, wealth beyond money and the resurgence of literature in Western Sydney.