Merriwa’s Gummun Place Hostel wins major award

MERRIWA’S Gummun Place Hostel has taken out the prestigious Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award at the 2017 Regional Achievement and Community Awards. 

The Upper Hunter facility snared the title from a strong field of nominees and was one of seven category winners announced last Friday at Marina Views Function Centre on the Harbour. 

The ceremony was hosted by PRIME7 news presenter Daniel Gibson.

More than 200 guests gathered from across NSW and the ACT including official guest The Hon Paul Toole MP, Minister for Lands and Forestry, to celebrate regional New South Wales and the ACT’s high achievers and community contributors. 

Gummun Place Hostel in Merriwa is a 16-bed aged care facility established in 1994. 

With 17 staff, the hostel is one of the town’s largest employers. 

They also have access to an electronic training portal, annual mandatory training sessions and individual development plans which is impressive for a small facility. 

The staff has flexible shifts for work/life balance and can accrue extra hours for time in lieu. 

Staff and residents participate in many local community events. 

The seven category winners are: 

• The Ulladulla Native Flora and Fauna Reserve Trust – NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Community Manager's Award 

• Gummun Place Hostel of Merriwa – Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award 

• Carmel (Fudge) Kaczmar of East Maitland – 1st Choice Rentals Volunteering Award 

• Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc of Tanilba Bay – NSW Department of Industry, Lands Crown Reserve Trust, Corporate Manager's Award 

• Drape Net of Nashdale – Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award 

• Fitness in The Park of Goulburn – Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award 

• Hope Centre – Illawarra Food Hub – Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award 

Winners each received either $2500 from the Commonwealth Bank or television exposure on PRIME7 along with a magnificent trophy. 

Carmel Kaczmar was also announced as the People’s Choice Award winner and received $200 courtesy of Marina Views Function Centre on the Harbour.