Award for in­di­vid­u­als, or­gan­i­sa­tions

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Gwyn­neth Hay­wood

Do you know of an in­di­vid­ual or or­gan­i­sa­tion do­ing great work to help con­sumers or ten­ants, or pro­mote prod­uct safety in WA? You can now recog­nise their ef­forts by nom­i­nat­ing for the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Awards 2017.

The awards are open to in­di­vid­u­als, non-profit groups, busi­nesses, and lo­cal gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions, plus there's a me­dia cat­e­gory to recog­nise a journalist or out­let that has been rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness of con­sumer, ten­ancy or prod­uct safety is­sues and rights.

The an­nual ac­co­lades, which have been go­ing for 12 years, are a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to thank com­mit­ted peo­ple or or­gan­i­sa­tions pro­vid­ing vi­tal ad­vice, sup­port and as­sis­tance in our com­mu­ni­ties.

The on­line nom­i­na­tion process is sim­ple. Just head to www.com­merce.wa.gov.au/ cpawards. The cat­e­gories are:

Rona Okely Award: for an in­di­vid­ual who has given their time, en­ergy and ex­pe­ri­ence for the bet­ter­ment of oth­ers;

Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award: for a lo­cal gov­ern­ment, non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion or group of in­di­vid­u­als for their ser­vices, ini­tia­tive or project to ad­vance con­sumer pro­tec­tion in their com­mu­nity;

Kid­safe WA Award: fo­cuses on pro­mo­tion of prod­uct safety and in­jury pre­ven­tion for chil­dren and ac­knowl­edges an in­di­vid­ual, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, busi­ness or group of in­di­vid­u­als; and

Ruby Hutchi­son Award: ac­knowl­edges a journalist or me­dia out­let for rais­ing aware­ness and im­prov­ing un­der­stand­ing of con­sumer or ten­ant is­sues.

So, if you be­lieve there’s some­one who de­serves ac­knowl­edge­ment, nom­i­nate at www.com­merce.wa.gov.au/ cpawards. You’ve got un­til 5pm, Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, 2016, to make a sub­mis­sion. Win­ners an­nounced at a break­fast func­tion on Wed­nes­day, March 15, 2017, will re­ceive a cash prize, a tro­phy and have their names en­graved on a per­pet­ual shield.

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