Ord Valley CWA, Kununurra Visitor Centre and Kimberley Language Resource Centre up for community awards

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
CWA's Ord Valley branch was nominated for a 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional Western Australia.
Camera IconCWA's Ord Valley branch was nominated for a 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional Western Australia.

Three East Kimberley businesses have been named as finalists in the 2021 Community Achievement Awards for Regional Western Australia.

With this year marking its 20th edition, the awards celebrate the passion of people and organisations committed to making regional and rural WA a better place to live.

The Ord Valley Country Women’s Association proved it’s more than just scones, after being named among four finalists in the community group of the year award category.

It comes after a busy year for the branch, which among a variety of activities, supported the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in its cane toad muster.

The group was also kept busy creating patient care bags for the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, scrub hats for the hospital, toiletry bags for local women’s refuges and joey pouches for the Kangaroo Haven.

OVCWA president Jenny Tomkin said she and the branches’ 20-plus members were surprised, but thrilled with the anonymous nomination.

“We’re very excited; we don’t do it for the recognition but it’s nice to know that what we do is appreciated,” she said.

“We’d be really chuffed if we won.”

The Kununurra Visitor Centre was listed as a finalist for the customer service award for its extraordinary service in providing advice and assistance with tours and accommodation in the East Kimberley.

The Kimberley Language Resource Centre of Halls Creek was named as a finalist in the teaching excellence award category for its work to preserve the unique languages of the region.

Winners will be announced at an awards presentation on Friday, October 15.

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