John Bowler

John Bowler

Former Minister for Local Government; Employment Protection; Racing and Gaming; Goldfields-Esperance and Great Southern

    Western Australia searches for top regional achievers

    22/03/2005 12:00 AM

    The search is on for Western Australia’s outstanding regional achievers, through an awards program that recognises both individual and community achievement and contribution.

    The 2005 Department of Local Government and Regional Development Regional Achievers Awards and Kleenheat Gas Community of the Year Award were today launched in Bunbury.

    Regional Development Minister John Bowler encouraged people to nominate individuals and community groups who had made a difference to community, economic, agricultural or environmental development in their local area.

    "Nominees should represent a positive image of their region and be an outstanding role model to the wider community,” Mr Bowler said.

    “These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge, encourage and reward the achievements of those living in remote and regional communities throughout WA.”

    Last year’s winners included a Newman mother for her work as a counsellor, mentor and community leader; and a Geraldton man who has devoted more than 46 years to the discovery, promotion and preservation of the State’s rich maritime heritage.

    The Department of Local Government and Regional Development will award five individual achievers, with each receiving a trophy and a $1,000 grant.

    Kleenheat Gas will award a specific community project, group, organisation, city, town or local government initiative with a $2,000 grant, perpetual trophy and a community plaque.

    Nominations close on June 10 with the winners announced at a Gala Awards night at the Parmelia Hilton on August 20, 2005.

    For more information contact Awards Australia on 9201 1155 or visit the website at

    Mr Bowler said the State Government would provide funding of $20,000 towards the Regional Development Achievers Award through the Western Australian Regional Initiatives Scheme.

    Minister's office: 9213 6500