The Premier’s Awards were launched in 1996 and are about recognising and rewarding the most outstanding initiatives and the most extraordinary achievements for the State’s public sector throughout the year. The awards also play an important role in motivating agencies to become more innovative in meeting the community’s needs.
There are 7 different categories.
The Rottnest Island Authority has entered the Wadjemup Bidi project under the ‘Managing the Environment’ category to win a Premier’s Award this year.
Firstly an application had to be submitted. Conservation Volunteers, Winnit Club, Rottnest Voluntary Guides Association, Nursery Volunteers, Rottnest Society and the Rottnest Foundation all submitted letters of support highlighting their connection and involvement with the project. The Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce also submitted a letter of support. This application was then shortlisted, and the RIA was invited to make a formal 20 minute presentation to a panel of judges.
In the weeks leading up to the presentation, the RIA contracted a media company to come over to the Island and create a short 3 minute film about the Wadjemup Bidi. The video captures the essence of the trail project and highlights volunteer group involvement. The RIA has uploaded this video to YouTube and it will be used by the Rottnest Foundation to seek further funds for the project.
On the 22nd of July, Holly Knight (RIA Manager of Environment, Heritage, Risk & Safety), Eilidh Graham (RIA Wadjemup Bidi Coordinator) and Jeff King (Rottnest Foundation Chairman) conducted a 20 minute PowerPoint presentation at Dumas House, West Perth. Jeff King was invited by the RIA to speak on behalf of the volunteer groups associated with the project. At the end of the presentation the 3 minute walk trail video was screened to sum up the presentation.
In September the Premier will release a media statement announcing the category finalists. Finalists will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in November, where the finalists, winners and overall winner are announced and presented their awards.
A profile booklet is published in the recognised excellence section each year following the Awards Ceremony. Winners and finalists act as ambassadors promoting their project and the awards. Winning projects may also contribute to learning discussions in flagship programs such as the Graduate Future Leaders Program. The overall winner may also receive a visit from the Premier a couple weeks after the Awards Ceremony.