Shepparton's Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards Semi Finalists

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Shepparton's Victorian Regional Achievement & Community Awards Semi Finalists Baldasso Cortese | Betul Tuna

Three Shepparton locals have been nominated as semi-finalists for the 2018 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards! These awards recognise individuals, communities and businesses that are making valuable contributions to regional and rural Victoria.

So let’s meet our local candidates!

Betul Tuna of Shepparton has been nominated for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Betul was born in Australia into a Muslim family, and began questioning her faith at the age of 16 because of its representation in the media. She decided to transform an old caravan into a shisha café on wheels with the intent of travelling around Australia to start a conversation that she hopes will help to end bigotry towards Muslims.  

Betul told Hit Goulburn Valley that she was honoured to be chosen as a semi finalist.

"Overall I am very honoured to be a semi finalist, certainly surprised I made it this far to be honest. I can only say this is a result of the amazing work being done in the community by a group of women supporting each other and this nomination is certainly a reflection of them and the collaborative work we do."

- Betul Tuna

Congratulations to Betul and to the community supporting her as an obvious worthy candidate for the award!

We also have Rumbalara Elders Facility of Shepparton nominated for the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award.

The residential care home is operated by Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative, with formally trained staff who provide care for health decline, respite and post-operative.

Shepparton’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch has also been nominated for the Community Group of the Year Award.

This event raises awareness and funds for Men’s Health issues, and currently the charity is funding a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse position at GV Health in Shepparton. The 10th anniversary lunch will be held on 24th August.

The next round of judging to determine finalists will take place on Wednesday 29th August.