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Melbourne Awards Highlight NFPs

6 November 2013 at 10:53 am
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Not for Profit leaders and organisations have featured among the shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Melbourne Awards.

Staff Reporter | 6 November 2013 at 10:53 am


Melbourne Awards Highlight NFPs
6 November 2013 at 10:53 am

Not for Profit leaders and organisations have featured among the shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Melbourne Awards.

Contribution to Community by an Individual nominee Chris Tanti of Headspace.

Some of the finalists drawn from the Not for Profit sector included Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, St John Ambulance, Zoos Victoria, Peter Cullen of charity Reclink Australia, Chris Tanti of Headspace and Paul Wheelton.

Selected from a record number of nominations, the finalists include iconic institutions and events alongside some of Melbourne’s quieter achievers, the organisers said.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the individuals and organisations recognised in this year's program have made an important contribution to Melbourne.

“The Melbourne Awards are reserved for those people and organisations whose work and deeds have helped shape Melbourne into the remarkable city it is today,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Their hard work and commitment to our city not only makes them leaders in their fields, but also extraordinary Melburnians. I know that their achievements will inspire others to great things."

Contribution to Community by an Individual nominee Professor Hugh R. Taylor of Bionic Vision Australia.

The Melbourne Awards shortlist celebrates both small and large-scale organisations and industry leaders, with subcategories to recognise corporations, community organisations and individuals within each field.

A special gala event will be held at the Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday, November 16 where the winners from each category, along with the Melburnian of the Year, will be announced.

The independent judging panel for the Melbourne Awards 2013 includes more than 40 business and community leaders across a range of industry sectors.

The Contribution to Community category is awarded to projects or activities that enhance the lives of residents and workers through new approaches to community services and volunteer work, improvements to accessibility and developments to parks, gardens and open spaces.

Contribution to Community by a Corporation

The GPT Group – ‘Melbourne Central’

Magistrates Court of Victoria- ‘Assessment and Referral Court List’

Melbourne Victory Football Club

National Australia Bank- NAB Insights Program

Zoos Victoria – ‘150 Years’

Contribution to Community by a Community Organisation

Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

Creativity Australia


St John Ambulance Australia (VIC) Inc

Contribution to Community by an Individual

Peter Cullen AM (Reclink Australia)

Glenn Elston (Australian Shakespeare Company)

Melina Schamroth (Social entrepreneur – m.a.d. woman)

Chris Tanti (Headspace)

Professor Hugh R. Taylor AC (Bionic Vision Australia)

Paul Wheelton OAM (The Wheelton Group)

The Contribution to Sustainability category recognises projects or activities that create a more environmentally sustainable city through advancements in sustainable innovation and design or the development of new environmental projects or programs.

Contribution to Sustainability by a Corporation

Melbourne Cricket Club and Tenix

Synergetics Environmental Engineering

TOM Organic

Zoos Victoria – "Going Carbon Neutral"

Contribution to Sustainability by a Community Organisation

Bicycle Network Victoria

Earthwatch Institute Australia

Environment Victoria – "Recycle Now"

Contribution to Sustainability by an Individual

Tamara DiMattina (Sustainability advocate – The New Joneses)

Sean Wilmore (The Thin Green Line Foundation)

Matthew Wright (Beyond Zero Emissions)

Melbourne Award winners in 2012 included the Australian Open Tennis, Hatem Saleh, Melbourne Heart FC, KeepCup and Vasili Kanadia.

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