Accolades for those who fight for your rights

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Surf lifesavers, a television reporter, a paralegal, a seniors advocate and a radio producer have all had their efforts recognised at this year’s Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards. 

Commerce Minister Michael Mischin announced the winners today to honour community, local government and media contributions to consumer protection in Western Australia. 

Mr Mischin said the awards recognised people from all walks of life who had helped and supported consumers and tenants. 

“These awards acknowledge those who demonstrate their commitment to protecting the interests of consumers and tenants, and who working tirelessly to resolve issues that confront them,” he said. 

“Their efforts often help disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community, so I congratulate all entrants for their outstanding contributions.” 

The winners are:

  • Rona Okely Award:  Shirley Glover, a tenant advocate and paralegal with the Gosnells Community Legal Centre, helps tenants with rental issues and consumers with financial and legal difficulties. The other finalist was Francesca Manuela from the Pilbara Community Legal Service
  • Richard (Dick) Fletcher Award:  Advocare Inc of Belmont provides free and professional advocacy services State-wide for vulnerable people receiving aged care, helping clients in residential and community care to understand their rights and to lodge complaints. Other finalists were the Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka and the Consumer Credit Legal Service (WA) Inc
  • Kidsafe WA Award:  Surf Life Saving WA of Balcatta developed the BeachSAFE initiative to combat drowning deaths, particularly among young people in WA, focussing on improving safe swimming knowledge and skills at the beach. The other finalist was the City of Busselton’s Safe to Skate program
  • Ruby Hutchison (Media) Award:  Oliver Peterson, reporter with A Current Affair/Nine News, for his stories on complaints from expectant mothers about a Bunbury business which provided ultrasound images of their unborn babies; and Scott Rollinson, producer at 720 ABC Perth, who organised a consumer forum and then produced a series of reports for the station’s Drive program.  Other finalists were Mark Gibson from Today Tonight and Amy Bainbridge/Suzanne Dredge from ABC Melbourne.

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Consumer Protection
Media release
27 Mar 2015

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