Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Tasmania community business partnerships recognised

Two community business partnerships have been recognised for their ongoing commitment to the Tasmanian community as part of the 2006 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnership.

The Minister for Families and Community Services, Mal Brough, on behalf of the Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard, congratulated the two state winners for their commitment to working together for a better outcome for all.

"Partnerships can take on many forms and as a business you don’t need to sponsor a wing of a hospital to be involved. The Awards encompass the essence of community spirit with governments and businesses working together with communities for a stronger future," Mr Brough said.

"An example of this commitment is the winner of the Large Business Award, Aurora Energy and the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania, for its commitment to raising awareness and educating the community about asthma and the needs of children with asthma.

"I also acknowledge the Judges’ Encouragement Large Business Award winner, The Examiner Newspaper, Southern Cross Television and Launceston City Council in partnership with Lions Club of Launceston, which holds the yearly Carols By Candlelight concert to raise money to provide support to people in need.

"Each of the partnerships delivers better outcomes in the areas such as child care, disadvantaged youth, Indigenous communities, disabilities, health, education, employment, personal development and the environment.

"With this week being National Community Business Partnerships Week, I congratulate the two state winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnership and encourage others to reach out and help their community."

The Partnerships Week events held around the country this week aim to recognise State and Territory winners, while raising awareness of the benefits of partnerships in local communities. If a business or community group are interested in forming a partnership and need practical advice or information, they should contact the Partnerships Secretariat on 1800 359 918 or visit The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership website.

A list of the Victorian winners is attached.

2006 Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships

Summary of Winners

  • Winner: Tasmanian Large Business Award
  • Business: Aurora Energy
  • Community Organisation: Asthma Foundation of Tasmania
    Supporting educational programs and extended contact hours for asthma educators within the community, this partnership is raising awareness about children with asthma. The availability of the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania as a resource and information tool has been promoted, resulting in 500 requests for information, 350 people being trained in asthma first aid and education sessions for almost 2000 Tasmanians.
  • Winner: Tasmanian Judges’ Encouragement Large Business Award
  • Business: The Examiner Newspaper Pty Ltd, Southern Cross Television and Launceston City Council
  • Community Organisation: Lions Club of Launceston – Riverside
    These organisations each contribute in a variety of ways to provide the city of Launceston with the yearly Carols By Candlelight concert. This is a free-to-the-public event which raises up to $12,000 in donations per year to provide support for the needy through the Salvation Army, Launceston City Mission, Benevolent Society and St Vincent de Paul.