Awards recog­nise con­sumer pro­tec­tion ded­i­ca­tion

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Gwyn­neth Hay­wood

The 12th Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards were held on World Con­sumer Rights Day, Tues­day, March 15.

The awards are an an­nual op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and me­dia con­tri­bu­tions to con­sumer and ten­ant pro­tec­tion in our State.

In the lead-up to the an­nual event, four judges, in­clud­ing the Depart­ment of Com­merce act­ing di­rec­tor-general and a me­dia con­sul­tant, care­fully con­sid­ered sub­mis­sions from 18 nom­i­nees to de­cide on a short list of six fi­nal­ists whose hard work, com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion stood out.

A com­mu­nity cen­tre, a schools pro­gram run by a gas com­pany and a con­sumer af­fairs news­pa­per re­porter re­ceived the top ac­co­lades.

The win­ners of the 2016 West­ern Aus­tralian Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards were an­nounced by Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion break­fast at the Univer­sity Club of WA in Perth.

The Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award win­ner was Jacaranda Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Inc., a fi­nan­cial coun­selling or­gan­i­sa­tion ini­ti­ated by Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple. Other fi­nal­ists were Mid­land In­for­ma­tion Debt and Le­gal Ad­vo­cacy Ser­vice Inc. (known as Mid­las) and the North­ern Sub­urbs Com­mu­nity Le­gal Cen­tre.

The Kid­safe WA Award win­ner was ATCO Gas Aus­tralia — Schools Pro­gram, which pro­vides gas safety ed­u­ca­tion to schoolchil­dren.

The Ruby Hutchi­son (Me­dia) Award win­ner was Annabel Hen­nessy from The Sun­day Times for her un­der­cover in­ves­ti­ga­tion into WA’s prop­erty in­vest­ment sem­i­nar in­dus­try.

The other fi­nal­ist was Estelle Lewis for Nine News Perth for her sto­ries about war­ranties, in­vest­ment and ro­mance frauds.

This year there was a no­table ab­sence.

The late Rona Okely had at­tended ev­ery Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards cer­e­mony be­fore she died, aged 90, in Jan­uary of this year.

Rona’s at­ten­dance would be a high­light of the event.

A trib­ute video shown on the day can be viewed on Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion’s YouTube chan­nel youtube.com/ Con­sumer Pro tec ti on WA or Face­book page face­book.com/ Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion West­ern Aus­tralia.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards is avail­able on­line at www.com­merce.wa.gov.au/ cp awards

There are many in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions who tena­ciously fight for the rights of WA con­sumers and ten­ants, in par­tic­u­lar cham­pi­oning causes that ben­e­fit those who are dis­ad­van­taged or vul­ner­a­ble.

I would en­cour­age you to con­sider nom­i­nat­ing de­serv­ing in­di­vid­u­als or or­gan­i­sa­tions when the time comes for the 2017 Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards.

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