Tweed heroes to be recognised

ONLY a week remains for nominations on this year’s Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards.

Nominations will close this Friday and there are already a wide array of colorful characters that have helped to build and promote an accessible and inclusive community for the Tweed area that are in the running.

Terranora-based author Milena Morrow is one such contender whose autobiography ‘Sipping Champagne Through A Straw‘ is changing perception on people with disability and what they can achieve, while Melissa James, creator of her own business, Inclusive Travel is another contender.


Condong Bowling Club is among the nominated organisations, recognising the weekly coaching sessions it
has provided by participants at Lifebridge East, a community organisation offering support with elderly
residents, youths and people with a disability.

This year’s awards are also set to incorporate the Belonging Awards, which are designed to spread awareness about what all people in the community can do to be inclusive of children of all abilities.

Riding For The Disabled volunteer Kate Besgrove who has assisted at the horse riding group every Tuesday for the past 15 years is a contender for that award.

Awards coordinator Karen Collins said while they have great contestants she’s sure there are more out there.

“We have received numerous inspiring nominations for the 2014 awards, maintaining the incredible standard
set last year. However, we’re sure there are many other worthy candidates out there,” she said.

So if you know an individual, community group, organisation or business that have helped to build and promote an accessible and inclusive community for everyone in the Tweed district be sure to nominate them for the awards before Friday.

For nominations and further information, visit