The Variety Special Playground, a joint project between the Body Shop, the Variety Club of WA and the Perth Zoo, tonight won the Premier’s Award for Business and Community Partnerships at this year’s Community Services Industry Awards.
Premier Richard Court presented the award at a presentation dinner at Rendezvous Observation City Hotel this evening.
“The Variety Special Playground project grew out of an idea from a mother of a child with special needs, who was also an employee at the Body Shop, after she put forward the idea for a playground all children could use,” Mr Court said.
“It is a fantastic example of the dedication of a large corporation, a non-profit organisation and a Government agency working together to make the community a better place for people of all ages.
“Since the playground opened in the grounds of the Perth Zoo, children of all abilities have had fun and have been inspired using its specially-designed equipment and activities.”
Mr Court said the Community Services Industry Awards were an opportunity to recognise the efforts of the people making a real difference in the community.
Each year the industry provided more than 3,000 services worth more than $800 million to the people of Western Australia.
This year’s winners ranged from a counselling service for child victims of domestic violence to a family friendly workplace which provides an in-house creche for the children of staff.
The other winners of the Community Services Industry Awards 2000 are:
Category 1 Focus on innovation
South West Youth and Family Support Service
Category 2 Community support and development
Albany Children’s Domestic Violence Counselling Service
Category 3 Valuing cultural diversity
Maru Maru Childcare Centre, Fitzroy Crossing
Category 4 Industry support and development
Interagency Collaboration for Children of Parents with Mental Illness (ICCOPMI)
Category 5 Support of remote and rural communities
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku’s Sports Development
Category 6 Management and Leadership
Meerilinga Young Children Foundation’s Family Support Worker Training
Category 7 Outstanding service by an individual
Laura Tolliday of Morley
Category 8 Family friendly practices
APM Creche, West Perth
Category 9 Business and community partnerships
Variety Special Playground, South Perth Zoo
Mr Court also thanked the sponsors of the Community Services Industry Awards 2000 - Radio 882 6PR, The West Australian newspaper, Lotteries Commission, Rendezvous Observation City Hotel, WIN Television, CSC, SGIO, Nortel Networks, Ansett Australia, Australia Post, Staging Connections and Goundrey Wines.
Owen Cole, Office of the Minister for Family and Children’s Services, 9481 7810