Winners announced for 2014 Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA)

Two CGDN websites were recognised for their outstanding contribution to their local communities at the 2014 Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA).

Apollo Bay Community Website Inc was the winner of the new Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites category for www.apollobay.vic.au. Mirboo Country Development Incorporated also received a highly commended award in this category for www.mirboonorth.vic.au.

Over 200 people attended the awards ceremony in Melbourne on Monday night to celebrate creative and diverse online projects which were rewarded for their outstanding contribution to the Internet community in Australia and New Zealand. This is the biggest turnout in the ANZIA’s six year history.

The ANZIAs recognise organisations, businesses and individuals who excel in delivering accessible, innovative, informative and secure resources to a diverse and wide community on the Internet.

Six different category winners were announced, with a highly commended in each. There was a particularly impressive response to the Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites, which was created in honour of an auDA staff member and leader of the work with community groups, who sadly passed away last year. This category attracted the highest number of submissions and was one of the most difficult to judge.

The awards are a collaboration between .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA) and InternetNZ.  Chris Disspain, CEO for auDA, remembers "The concept of the ANZIAs came from discussions between Keith Davidson (the then CEO of InternetNZ) and me over several glasses of red wine. We wanted to be able to reward those organisations, individuals and businesses we had seen develop incredible online resources, for the benefit of all Australians and New Zealanders. The Internet is a place where everyone is able to exchange ideas and communicate, on a level playing field. The ANZIAs are a way to acknowledge the world-class initiatives that are created, in both of our countries."

The winners and highly commended per category are:

Diversity

Winner: Cultural Infusion

Highly Commended: Deaf Services Queensland

Innovation

Winner: ARTS:LIVE – The Song Room

Highly Commended: myjointpain.org.au - Arthritis Australia in partnership with Bupa Health Foundation

Highly Commended: PROSTMATE - Australian Prostate Cancer Research

Information

Winner: Policy Online (APO)

Highly Commended: Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Access & Digital Skills

Winner: Get Up To Speed Program - The Training Collective

Highly Commended: The Deaf Society of NSW

Security & Online Safety

Winner: RealMe – New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs

Highly Commended: Cybersmart Program – ACMA

The Leonie Dunbar Memorial Award for Community Websites

Winner: Apollo Bay Community Website Inc

Highly Commended: Mirboo Country Development Incorporated

For more information about the awards, visit:www.internetawards.org.au.

We encourage you to enter (or re-enter) your community website or another online initiative in the 2015 ANZIAs.