Awards recognise consumer protection dedication
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.