G21 region's Bill Mithen recognised as community leader

The G21 region's Bill Mithen has been celebrated in the 2015 Regional Achievement and Community Award. The awards acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Victoria.

He was awarded the Leadership and Innovation Award, which recognises a person who shines the spotlight on those who have overcome significant difficulty, adversity or hardship to achieve excellent outcomes and raise pride in their community and our state.

Bill is Chief Executive Officer of the Give where you Live Foundation (GWYL), which provides grants to community organisations working to alleviate disadvantage in the Geelong region.

He is a G21 Board Director and has also been instrumental in the success of G21 / GWYL's innovative GROW project, which aims to reduce areas of persistent disadvantage in communities in the G21 region by reducing unemployment rates in those areas.

The Business Achievement Award acknowledges successful businesses that make a significant contribution to the economic development of regional and rural Victoria through their pursuit of business excellence.

This year’s winner was AME Systems, an electrical wire harness manufacturer based in Ararat. AME Systems employs more than 230 staff, making it one of the largest employers in the local community, and across the Grampians/Pyrenees Region.

The State Government is proud to be a major sponsor of the awards, which have grown over 13 years to become the most prestigious awards programs in regional Victoria.

Through the State Government’s $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund they are continuing to invest in regional Victoria by growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities, paving the way for future leadership and innovation that drives growth and resilience.

Patron of the Awards, Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, congratulated all award winners, who are each striving to make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and visit.

“I congratulate Victoria’s Regional Achievement and Community Award winners for demonstrating their passion and dedication to making regional Victoria a  thriving place for our diverse communities to prosper", sad Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford. “Through our $500 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund we’re supporting our regional communities to be the best they can be. We will continue to invest in all parts of regional Victoria, driving business growth and innovation that strengthens our regional communities.”

Source: State government media release