Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Prime Minister’s Awards nomination period extended

The nomination period for the Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnership has been extended due to the high level of interest.

Families and Community Services Minister Mal Brough – who is Deputy Chair of the Partnership – said today businesses and community organisations would now have until 2 June 2006 to submit a nomination.

“The high standard of nominations already received and the high level of interest in this year’s awards suggest that community business partnerships are flourishing in Australia,” Mr Brough said.

“It is more than appropriate that we extend the opportunity to recognise businesses and community organisations which are showing leadership and strengthening the community in this way.

“These awards recognise the significant social benefits achieved when business and community groups work together.”

Award categories acknowledge partnerships involving small, medium and large businesses and the community. Winners of state and territory awards compete for a national title and $10,000.

In addition, special awards are presented at the national level in the categories of: Longevity – to honour partnerships that have been operating for more than five years, Impact on the Community – to honour a business with significant community involvement covering a suite of programs or projects, and Media – to honour consistent, positive and prominent reporting on community business partnerships and/or corporate social responsibility. These national awards also attract a $10,000 prize each.