We look forward to announcing the winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards on Tuesday morning at the Australian Regional Development Conference. Make sure you have registered to attend, and we look forward to celebrating with you soon at Twin Towns!

Award Categories

  • Environmental and Sustainability Award
  • Planning and Building Award
  • Leadership Award
  • Economic Development Award
  • Community Development Award

2017 Award Winners

Airofresh Pty Ltd
Proudly sponsored by Energy Action

Airofresh” cleans atmosphere without filters. Patented, manufactured in Australia and now sold internationally. Allows storage or fresh produce for long periods without any chemicals. Extends storage shelf life by 75%. Organically registered NASAA. Winner “Best Horticultural Innovation” October 2016 innovation awards in both  – Wandin Valley field day, (Vic) and Karragullen Expo 2016 (WA). Now being adapted to residential use, to provide completely clean internal atmosphere. No more dust, pollen or contaminants.

Innovation in Sealed Roads Maintenance, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Proudly sponsored by the Association for Sustainability in Business

Maintaining 875km of sealed road network represents a key service delivered by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to the community. In 2016, Council fundamentally changed its process of managing sealed roads, adopting a geographical zone based approach to road resealing. This has increased the frequency of service from a 25 year cycle to a 12 year cycle, increased operational efficiencies, and improved the level of service delivered to the community.

Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs Secretariat Inc
Proudly sponsored by THE Rural Woman

The VRCLP and its associate organisations are making a sustainable and impactful difference in regional and rural Victoria through its exemplar programs and strategic networks by empowering and strengthening these community leaders with the skills, capacity and capability that is meeting the current and future needs of their communities.  We recognise the future in rural and regional Victoria will bring both opportunities and challenges for individuals, organisations and communities across regional and rural Victoria.  And our purpose is to ensure these leaders can meet these with empathy, humility and resilience.

6 degrees Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour City Council
Proudly sponsored by the Department of Infrastructure

6 degrees Coffs Harbour is an initiative of Coffs Harbour City Council’s City Prosperity team to facilitate and grow the start-up ecosystem in the area.

6 degrees involves co-working spaces, programs and events that are designed to accelerate start-up success and support freelancers of the Coffs Coast.  It is a community of local entrepreneurs, freelancers and collaborators, a space where people can come to start new businesses, share, work together and be inspired from other like-minded people.

6 Degrees is founded on the concept of six degrees of separation – anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries.

In Coffs Harbour, we believe it may even be fewer degrees! This means that the connection between business owner and the community of members and supporters allows a perfect opportunity for small business to grow and thrive.

The Village – Townsville, Economic Development Queensland
Proudly sponsored by TAFE NSW

On a beautiful bend of the Ross River, just 3.5kms from the heart of Townsville, is the growing community of The Village. Featuring 1.6kms of riverfront parkland, tree-lined avenues and walking paths, The Village is perfectly positioned only minutes to Palmer Street and The Strand.

The Village has been designed as a vibrant inclusive community that provides residents with a diverse range of smartly designed home options. Working with a collection of local builders, this residential development presents an unrivalled opportunity to take full advantage of the river views and peace and tranquillity that living riverside, cityside creates.

Developed by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ), The Village is a master planned community and once complete, the 83-hectare site will comprise approximately 1,000 homes, which will greatly contribute to the growth of the surrounding community and develop the connection between the estate and neighbouring suburbs, while ensuring residents remain closely linked to the heart of the city.

The Village prides itself on a collaborative community approach which demonstrates to the development industry a new way of engaging with and involving community members, stakeholders and families on meaningful projects, resulting in a cohesive and unified new community.


There are sponsorship opportunities for these Awards. The Sponsor of each Award is set at of $3300.00 per award:

  • Naming Rights, logo on the Award trophy, presentation slides and certifi cate as Award Sponsor including presentation of the Award to the recipient and photo (published on website and media)
  • One full registration to the Conference for your organisation representative including access to the educational program
  • Opportunity to purchase maximum of two additional registrations for $350 each
  • For the year of the Conference, listing (includes logo, hyperlink and 50 word corporate bio) on website, Conference app and in Handbook
  • For the year following the Conference, have your logo displayed as previous supporter on the Conference website