Sustainability is the winner

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The Green Connect team celebrate their Excellence in Sustainability award.

It is awards season again and this year many of our grantees have received awards acknowledging their important contributions in their sectors. However, the common theme is recognition of achievements in and passion for sustainable practices; environmentally and socially.

Fred Hunter named Ranger of the Year

Congratulations to Fred Hunter on being awarded Territory NRM Ranger of the Year at this year's NT Natural Resource Management Awards. Fred is a board member of Karrkad Kanjdji Trust and Warddeken Land Management.

Fred's work with Kakadu National Park and Warddeken Land Management over many years has led to this important recognition. His personal story encapsulates the importance of employing Indigenous rangers who can pass on knowledge of sustainable land management practice while strengthening culture. Learn more about Fred and his long-standing career as a Ranger.

The Ian Potter Foundation is a proud supporter of the Warddeken Indigenous Rangers: protecting country and cultural heritage program

The awards go to… Green Connect, Homes for Homes and YWCA Australia

Green Connect has won several awards in recent months for leadership in sustainability. At the NSW Green Globe Awards, Green Connect took out the top award – the NSW Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence – as well as the Community Leadership Award.

Kylie Flament General Manager of Green Connect explained, “We were singled out for the way we combine social, environmental and economic impact in a way that inspires others to do the same. We’re immensely proud to accept this award on behalf of the huge community of people who have created and shaped Green Connect – staff, volunteers, funders, customers, supporters and the broader community.’

A month earlier, Green Connect also won the Excellence in Sustainability Award at the Illawarra Business Awards.

During this time, Green Connect received great local TV coverage on Channel 9 WIN Illawarra as they announced further funding from The Ian Potter Foundation and The Westpac Foundation.

The Homes for Homes initiative has won the Planning Institute of Australia Victoria – President’s Award for establishing a game-changing scheme to fund affordable public housing through sales of private housing. Homes for Homes received a $1.25m major grant from the Foundation in 2017 to support the establishment of the program.

YWCA Australia’s program Women of Worth based on the Northern Territory has won a Gold Award in the community-led category of the 2019 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA). These awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the Australian Institute of Criminology, and recognise initiatives that prevent or reduce violence and assist governments in developing practical projects to reduce crime in the community.

The Women of Worth program has been recognised for its effectiveness with a 50% reduction on recidivism rates for program participants and data showing more than three-quarters of clients have successfully remained in the community after release from prison. YWCA Australia’s Anika Frieling, Program Manager of the Darwin region says, “An award of this magnitude not only validates the necessity and power of our program, but it acknowledges the clients, whose faith in the program and continuous input has shaped the program into the successful model that it is today.”

Earlier this year, the Foundation approved a Community Wellbeing grant of $150,000 in support of the Women of Worth program to provide training and education for women involved in the justice system in the Northern Territory.

The Foundation also wishes to congratulate the following grantees on being nominated for awards in 2019:

ARACY's right@home program was nominated in Improving Health Equity category in 2019 VicHealth Awards.

Orygen’s new Youth Health Centre in Parkville was shortlisted in the Institutional category of the 2019 Interior Design Excellence Awards.

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre was also shortlisted and was Highly Commended in the Institutional category of the 2019 Interior Design Excellence Awards. 

We congratulate all the award winners and nominees for their commitment to making Australia a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable society.

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