A former Citizens Advice Bureau worker, the Consumers’ Association of WA, an RAC road safety initiative and a journalist from Channel 7’s Today Tonight show have been named the winners at the Consumer Protection Awards 2014.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin attended the 10th annual ceremony at the UWA Club today to recognise community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia.
Mr Mischin said the judging panel had shortlisted 10 finalists from 22 nominees, with the following four winners selected in each category:
Rona Okely Award - Sandra Brown (East Victoria Park) assisted consumers during her 18 years at the Citizens Advice Bureau and since retiring in 2011 has continued to give community talks about consumer and tenancy rights.
Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award - Consumers' Association of WA (Canning Vale); a non-profit, voluntary organisation which has been achieving results for consumers for almost 40 years through lobbying and submissions to government.
Kidsafe WA Award - RAC bstreetsmart road safety initiative to reduce fatality and injury rates among young people.
Ruby Hutchison Award - Natalie Bonjolo from Today Tonight for exposes about dodgy tradespeople and businesses.
The Minister said he was proud to present the awards to such deserving recipients.
“The tireless work and outstanding efforts of these advocates are vital and should be honoured,” he said.
“The community depends on motivated individuals and community groups, responsible and efficient businesses and an alert and engaged media to ensure that consumers rights are protected.”
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