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Community Leadership Award

This award recognises outstanding community leadership and commitment from not-for-profit organisations whose locally relevant sustainable initiatives have widespread benefits for NSW communities.

Open to not-for-profit organisations.

Meet your winner

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre

Winner: Bower

The Bower is a leading non-profit reuse and repair centre in Australia that has relationships with local councils to provide a collection and re-homing service for furniture, household goods, building materials and bicycles. Through agreements with other community groups – such as Mums4Refugees, Newtown Asylum Seeker Centre and Pyrmont Community Cares – Bower provides furniture and household goods to asylum seekers and inner-city residents struggling to furnish their homes.

Winners' comment: 'Being an award winner endorses our three objectives: to reduce waste to landfill; to show how easy it is to repair or upcycle goods; and to provide affordable goods to disadvantaged communities. The award gives us the confidence to continue with our projects...' Guido Verbist, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre.

Meet your finalists

Intrepid Landcare

Finalist: Intrepid Landcare

Intrepid Landcare is an adventurous organisation led by young people for young people that addresses the problem of low levels of youth involvement in the Landcare sector. Collaborating with local groups, regional networks, state Landcare networks and national Landcare bodies, Intrepid Landcare provides a shared platform through stories, opportunities, training, resources and a can-do attitude to connect and empower young people to act and lead with Landcare in their community.

Petersham Bowling Club

Finalist: Petersham Bowling Club

Located in the heart of Sydney's inner west, Petersham Bowling Club is one of the oldest bowling clubs in NSW. The club is a vibrant and creative, poker-machine-free community with a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. From the outset sustainable practices were built into every operation of the club and incorporated into the fabric giving far reaching economic benefits.

Sutherland District Trade Union Club (Tradies): iPromise Grants

Finalist: Sutherland Tradies

Known as Tradies, the Sutherland District Trade Union Club is a registered club with venues in Gymea, Caringbah and Helensburgh. As a not-for-profit organisation, it donates more than half a million dollars a year to charitable and community organisations.

Since 2014, the club's iPromise Grants Program has provided $24,000 to fund sustainability projects across the state. The grant helps schools, small businesses and community organisations to implement projects ranging from recycling programs, vegetable gardens, environmental education and waste reduction systems.


Page last updated: 07 February 2017