Access and Inclusion Awards
The Access and Inclusion Awards started in 2013 to celebrate achievement and innovation in building an accessible community.
They recognise and acknowledge individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses building and promoting an accessible and inclusive community in the Tweed.
The Award ceremony takes place at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre on the International Day of People with Disability.
Watch 2013 award ceremony
Council stages the awards in partnership with other Northern Rivers organisations:
- NSW Department of Family and Community Services
- On Track Community Programs
- Alzheimer's NSW
- Blind Citizens Australia
- Lifestyle Solutions
- Tweed Byron Ballina Community Transport
- Lifebridge Australia
- Northern Rivers Social Development Council
- Tweed Equal Access Advisory Committee community members
- Community members
Building an accessible community
An accessible and inclusive community means creating possibilities. It allows people to live their lives based on interests, needs and aspirations - no matter their circumstances.
It means being able to physically move around our community and feel included.
It means access to buildings, festivals, events and open space such as streetscapes and parks
It means inclusion in arts and culture, leisure, sports, education, employment and social life.
Winners are selected for each of the categories:
- Community Group
- Not-for-profit Organisation
- Government Agency/Service
- Commercial Business
- Belonging Award - contribution to the inclusion of families with children with additional needs
- Faye Druett Award for Achievement in Advocacy
Who can be nominated?
Any individual, group, business or organisation that resides in the Tweed or has a connection to the Tweed can be nominated (or can nominate themselves).
The achievements of the finalists and merit award recipients are promoted to the community leading up to each awards ceremony.
Winners and awards
A finalist is announced in each of the categories. The overall winner of the Tweed Access and Inclusion Award (the perpetual trophy) is chosen from the 7 category winners.
The Belonging Award recognises businesses actively making Tweed locations inclusive for children of all abilities.
Kids with additional needs want to enjoy going to the same places as their friends - such as shopping centres and afterschool activities. Parents want to know their kids are accepted as part of our community.
This award raises awareness of businesses and people in the community that are including kids of all abilities.
The winner of the Belonging Award is selected from the general nomination pool.
2018 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Award Winners
- 2018 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Award winner Glen Bowe, Positive Fitness
- Finalists for Excellence in Access and Inclusion: The Shrink Company
- Finalists for Excellence in Access and Inclusion: Hastings Point Dune Care
- Dementia Friendly Community Award winner: Cudgen Leagues Club
- Faye Druett Award for Advocacy winner: Suzy Hudson
- Belonging Award winner: Kingscliff Performing Arts
- 2018 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards Certificate of Merit: Kyle Sculley, Woofer Wares and Tweed Regional Libraries
2017 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Award Winners
- 2017 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Award winner Bev Larsson with her guide dog Henry
- Finalists for Excellence in Access and Inclusion: Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre
- Finalists for Excellence in Access and Inclusion: South Tweed Touch Footy
- Finalists for Excellence in Access and Inclusion: Author and Guide Dogs Australia Ambassador Bev Larsson
- Dementia Friendly Community Award winner: Dementia Action Group
- Faye Druett Award for Advocacy winner: Mockingbird Café
- Belonging Award winner: Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club
- 2017 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards Certificate of Merit: Tim Morrissey, Kingscliff Beach Physiotherapy, Sphinx Rock Cafe and Varela and Swift Pharmacy
The 2017 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards were officially launched at Tweed Regional Museum Murwillumbah on Monday 22 May 2017.
The annual awards celebrate achievement and innovation by individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses that build and promote an accessible and inclusive community for everyone.
As the awards continue to grow, the 2017 categories included a new classification recognising individuals and groups that make the Tweed more inclusive for people with dementia.
2016 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Award Winners
- Overall Winner: Murwillumbah Community College
- Faye Druett Award for Advocacy: Murwillumbah Community College
- Belonging Award: Winner – Billabong Swim School
- Individual: Winner – Glen Bowe (Positive Energy), Achievement Certificates – Nathan Johnston, Sandy Rogers.
- Sport and Leisure: Winner – Peter Comerford (Tweed Sea Sports, Achievement Certificates – Fingal Rovers Surf Life Saving Club, Juraki.
- Education: Winner – Jeff Robinson (Principal, Uki Public School), Achievement Certificate – Brendan Ryan (Principal, Mt St Patrick Primary School).
- Community: Winner – Murwillumbah Community College, Achievement Certificates – Kids in Need, Tweed Patch Workers
- Business: Winner – National Australia Bank Murwillumbah, Achievement Certificates – Suzanne Grae Tweed Heads, Cools Swim School
The 2016 winners were announced in a ceremony at Twin Towns Service Club on 30 November 2016.
Click here to read a media release about the 2016 winners and award ceremony.
A record number of nominations was received for the awards. Click here to see all nominees(PDF, 1MB)
Watch the presentation by the ceremony's keynote speaker, Paralympics gold medallist Tracy Barrell.
Read the speech by Equal Access and Advisory Committee Chair Milena Morrow(PDF, 49KB)
New award to honour national champion for advocacy
The Faye Druett Award for Achievement in Advocacy has been added to the list of annual awards following the death of the Tweed Shire Equal Access Advisory Committee member early this year.
Ms Druett's passing brought a flood of tributes from throughout Australia, honouring her life-long advocacy for change across the whole spectrum of human rights for people with disability.
Click here for more detail: Media Release - Faye Druett Award(PDF, 52KB), Media Release - Access Awards Launch(PDF, 51KB)
Twenty-seven nominees were recognised at the 2015 Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.
Click here(PDF, 53KB) to read a media release of all the winners, presented in a ceremony at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre on 3 December 2015.
Click here(PDF, 69KB) to read the full speech by Former Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes at the 2015 awards ceremony.
Click here(PDF, 49KB) to read the full speech by Equal Access and Advisory Committee Chair Milena Morrow at the 2015 awards ceremony.
Want to know more? Get the details from the award ceremony flyer(PDF, 777KB) or this year's ceremony program(PDF, 2MB)