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Westpac Community Treasurers Award winners announced


30 November 2012

Westpac in partnership with Our Community has today announced the 2012 winners of the Westpac Community Treasurers Awards.

This national program, an initiative of Our Community and Westpac, set out to acknowledge three community treasurers who fulfil the duties of ensuring good financial management, good financial governance and good financial outcomes.

The following winners have been awarded $5,000 for their organisation plus an additional $5,000 worth of tools and training, also for their organisation, from Our Community.

  • Small organisation winner: Anne-Marie Sullivan of Surf Coast Energy Group (VIC).
  • Medium organisation winner: Waheeda Bulladin of Islamic Womens’ Welfare Association (NSW).
  • Large organisation winner: Cameron Smith of Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (QLD).

The winners were each presented their award by Senator The Hon. Penny Wong, Minister for Finance and Deregulation and Julie Rynski, Westpac State General Manager, Regional and Retail Banking, Victoria at the Board Builder Conference that took place today in Melbourne (Friday 30 November 2012).

Matthew Muller, Head of Social Sector at Westpac said, “We are honoured to be partnering with Our Community for our fourth year of this fantastic initiative.

Community organisations rely heavily on the hard work of treasurers to manage and maintain a host of financial operations from ensuring enough float is in the kitty for Saturday's sausage sizzle to preparing detailed budget reporting and tax submissions. This is a way to say thank you for everything they do.

“These individual treasurers have shown outstanding commitment and diligence to the organisation in which they volunteer and it is with great pride we acknowledge them with this award of recognition.” Mr Muller said.

Denis Moriarty, Group Managing Director Our Community said, “Community organisations provide the glue that binds our society together – and treasurers provide the expertise and financial know-how that ensure those groups are healthy and sustainable. We are all in their debt.”

Winners were decided by a panel of community leaders with expertise in finance and treasury roles.

Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice, tools and training for Australia's 600,000 community groups and schools, and practical linkages between the community sector and the general public, business and government.