RAC are proud to support the Western Australian Regional Achievement & Community Awards and are proud sponsors of the RAC Volunteering Award

The WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout regional and rural Western Australia.

RAC are proud sponsors of the RAC Volunteering Award which recognises volunteers who have made an outstanding contribution and have positively impacted the lives of others and their community. 

2019 Winner

RAC Vice President, Professor Ross Dowling AM with 2019 RAC Volunteering Award Winner, Les Wallam
RAC Vice President, Professor Ross Dowling AM (left), with the 2019 winner of the RAC Volunteering Award, Les Wallam

We’re proud to announce Les Wallam of Eaton has devoted his life to the development of the Roelands community. He is an elder and has been the volunteer CEO of Woolkabunning Kiaka Inc., a registered an Aboriginal charity for 12 years. Les is responsible for turning Roelands, a former “Stolen Generation” mission site, into a thriving community. He manages a labour force and oversees 30 houses on-site and 500 acres of land. Les works endlessly so he can pass on his cultural knowledge and skills to the younger Noongar generation. Les has partnered with WAITOC to develop Roelands into a tourism product, creating an income stream for the village.

Fellow finalists, Truffle Kerfuffle Inc of Manjimup and Beacon Progress Association of Beacon, were recognised alongside Les for their efforts in their local community.

There were more than 60 nominees for the award and every one showed exceptional leadership and support, demonstrating a real commitment to making our regional communities better places.

RAC Volunteering Award (PDF 534KB)