• Must demonstrate they have made an extraordinary change in the community utilising a unique or innovative approach.

  • *BANKSTOWN:LIVE Open or Close
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    BANKSTOWN:LIVE was a 4-hour event, celebrating the stories and people of Bankstown. Produced by Urban Theatre Projects, it invited people from across Sydney to experience music, theatre, film and visual arts in local residents' front and back yards and on the street.

    BANKSTOWN:LIVE was created over a 2-year period with more than 120 local residents involved in its making. Working with the local community, initially inviting professional artists to be in-residence in people's yards, and culminating in a street closure, where a suburban street became the setting for a rich and authentic cultural experience as part of Sydney Festival, it generated considerable local pride, and challenged people’s perceptions of Bankstown.

  • *Involve Me Open or Close
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    Holroyd City Council’s 'Involve Me' project sets out to improve life choices for people with disability by providing a pathway for access that fosters inclusion and results in individuals leading a quality life. The project is comprised of five programs; the Disability Sport Expo, Inclusive ‘Play NRL’, the Social Inclusion Schools Workshop, Creative Arts Program and Disability Community Forums.

    ‘Involve Me’ enables a person to experience sport, be accepted as a volunteer within a sporting club, or progress as an athlete. It highlights potential through showcasing art in mainstream settings and provides education on the importance of community inclusion. Through this innovative concept, Holroyd is evidencing sustainable inclusive principles and creates a better place for people to live.

  • Bowl Over Stigma Open or Close
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    Bowl Over Stigma was a collaborative Mental Health Month event organised by Family and Carer Mental Health Program, SydWest Multicultural Services, Department of Human Services and Connect Child and Family Services to address cross-cultural mental health issues in the Blacktown region.

    The free family fun day featured mental health and wellbeing information translated into the 13 most commonly spoken languages in Blacktown. The day centred on games of lawn bowls for all ages, plus face painting, a community art activity and a delicious lunch.

  • Building Stronger Communities Open or Close
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    Utilising the Behavioural Indicators Model developed by Monash University, the Building Stronger Communities training manual, produced by Bankstown City Council, was designed to dispel some of the misconceptions and misinformation about radicalisation.

    Through a focus on increasing awareness and understanding of processes that can lead to criminal activity it aims to assist local communities identify anti-social behaviours and prevent participation in violent extremism. The manual has been designed in consultation with the community, religious leaders, police and government to ensure that the information and format are relevant and useful.

  • Lost and Found: The Case for Courage! Open or Close
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    Lost and Found: The Case for Courage! was an innovative interactive digital media project, led by Community Migrant Resource Centre, with a training component for Refugee Youth Leaders and school students. Refugee participants were interviewed and photographed alongside items representing what they had lost having fled their home country, or have found subsequent to arriving to Australia.

    Stories of bravery and courage and reflection about recovery following experiences of great loss surfaced from this essay series. Participants came from Palestine, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iran, Burundi and Zimbabwe.

  • Mental Health Month - Country Style High Tea Open or Close
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    To open mental health month, the Hills Mental Health Interagency secured a grant from Western Sydney Partners in Recovery (PIR) to host a decadent high tea. The objectives for the event were to raise awareness of mental health within the community, including the need to talk openly about mental health issues, connect services with the community and strengthen connections between services.

    The event involved more than 22 volunteers from 12 different organisations working together to deliver vital messages about the importance of looking after your own mental health and reducing the stigma of talking about mental illness with others.

  • My Community, My Environment Open or Close
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    My Community, My Environment (MCME) was a series of targeted environmental educational activities for CALD communities in Blacktown LGA. The project leveraged the key strengths of three organisations: SydWest Multicultural Services, Blacktown Council and Dharma Karta.

    MCME connected participants with their individual values to promote and inspire sustainable living. Over nine months MCME involved 75 regular participants (190 overall) from five cultural groups and over 50 structured workshops and outdoor activities where participants explored personal and cultural values that motivate them to care for the environment. Participants also learnt practical knowledge and skills for leading sustainable lives.

  • Sharing the Seeds Project Open or Close
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    Working with TAFE Nepean Arts and Design Centre, five art students were mentored to develop their art, informed and inspired by community stories. Photographer Jagath Dheerasekara – “Conversations at the Vegetable Beds” and artist David Ryan video storytelling piece “I am a Seed, I'm a Small, Small Seed”, engaged children from St Marys Children's Centre and their educators in a 'conversation' about seeds and gardens.

    Through art, mentorship, community engagement and sustainable food practices an innovative project was created to break down barriers by connecting urban gardeners with refugee farmers. Through stories and conversations knowledge, a little wisdom and a smile between cultures has been fostered.

  • SPARK Open or Close
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    SPARK is an early intervention and prevention program for newly arrived children and their families providing intensive and holistic support to address a range of needs. The program includes academic, healthy and active living, social networks, and creative arts components.

    SPARK provides support for school aged children through school-based clubs, and for their parents through evidence-based parenting programs. It builds the capacity of parents through volunteer training and provides opportunities to engage in the delivery of SPARK components.