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The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre is proud to have been the recipient of a number of community awards over the past few years. 

2011 Governor's Multicultural Award

Elizabeth Ho and Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Kevin ScarceThe Hawke Centre is the proud recipient of a 2011 Governor's Multicultural Award announced on 21 February, 2012 - "a pre-eminent forum for discussion and debate about the fundamentals of our society - from our democratic foundations to the social principles of diversity, egalitarianism and fairness that we as a community aspire to."

The University of South Australia won two awards at this year's Governor's Multicultural Awards highlighting a long-term institutional commitment to multicultural understanding.  Honoured at the 2011 Awards, the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre was named the winner in the Private Sector category for its premier role in providing a forum for discussion and debate about key social issues. It was particularly acknowledged that the Centre's engagement had international reach, presenting guest lecturers from around the world and examining the principles of democracy, diversity, egalitarianism and fairness.


Winner of the SA Great 2001 Education Award

SA Great logoThe Hawke Centre makes SA proud

The Hawke Centre's role in strengthening South Australia's international relations has been commended statewide, with the Centre awarded the single SA Great Award for Education for 2001.

Announced on 28 December 2001, Proclamation Day, the purpose of the awards is to give recognition for outstanding accomplishment, with particular emphasis on contributions to South Australia's development and international recognition. The Awards were front page news on 29 December.

Hawke Centre Director, Elizabeth Ho, said the award was praise for the Centre's success in bringing nationally and internationally recognised luminaries to speak to the South Australian public, including to business, education and government sectors.

"The award is a great honour, and recognises our public program which allows South Australians access to 'big issue' perspectives", she said. "It acknowledges that the calibre and debate that we have brought to South Australia has created national and international links, and attracted national broadcasts. The public outreach commitment of UniSA was also made clear at the awards ceremony.

Ho said that the award also recognised the international stature of the Centre's patrons who have helped support the Centre's politically bipartisan aim to strengthen democracy through informed debate and to affirm a civil society in Australia.


University of South Australia Chancellor's Awards for Community Engagement

The Hawke Centre is proud to be the recipient of Chancellor's Awards for Community Engagement, in 2002, 2004 and 2006 and a special commendation in 2002.

2006 - International Alert Series: the BIG Issues with World Vision and AusAID

Elizabeth Ho, Michael Elwood (World Vision), Bronwyn Coles (AusAID), Louise Carnell and Skye JarvisThe Hawke Centre was awarded a Chancellor's Award for Community Engagement for the International Alert Series: the BIG Issues which comprised bi-monthly free public forums at the Adelaide Town Hall, from July 2005 to October 2006, on major international development issues involving and affecting the Australian community. The IA Series partners with the Hawke Centre were World Vision and AusAID.

The IA Series provided a means to generate public dialogue on key issues affecting human well-being, freedom, security and livelihood across the globe as well as to communicate current directions, policies and plans in the aid field.  The IA Series also identified ways in which people attending the forums, or using the post-presentation UniSA website information, could act and advocate for a change to current conditions in order to create greater freedom, justice, peace, environmental improvement and opportunity for the world’s people in dire need.

Due to its success, the Series has now been extended with continued funding from AusAID.

2004 - Adelaide Thinkers in Residence public program

Louise Carnell from the Hawke Centre with Chancellor, David Klingberg and Vice Chancellor, Denise BradleyThe Hawke Centre (UniSA) and Adelaide Thinkers in Residence (SA Government) partnership to present a community lecture series featuring appointed Thinkers within the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program.

The project concerns the design and delivery on a partnership basis of a successful community-oriented public lecture series. The aim of the project has been to expose the community and targeted community groups to the knowledge and aspirational ideas of external expert national and international Thinkers, and thus to stimulate local initiatives that enhance South Australia’s social, economic and environmental sustainability. To date, five major lectures have been successfully offered through this partnership and more are planned. Complementary web access provides participation and information access opportunities for the community. The partnership is to be continued for the life of the current Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Program (2006).


Chancellor's Awards: Special commendation

2002 - Vision for a Nation

Elizabeth Ho and Louise Barnes from the Hawke Centre with Chancellor, David KlingbergThe Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre 'Visions for a Nation'
Team members: Elizabeth Ho and Louise Barnes
Community partner: Centenary of Federation Office





The Australia Day 2000 Community Event of the Year - Barbara Hanrahan Community Tapestry

The award was given to the Barbara Hanrahan Community Tapestry project on 26 January 2000 by the City of West Torrens. The project is supported through the Hawke Centre.  The project began in August 1999 when respected tapestry weaver Kay Lawrence was joined by a group of enthusiastic weavers and volunteers in a tribute to an outstanding South Australian.  Barbara Hanrahan was an internationally renowned printmaker and author whose distinctive work is being interpreted into woven tapestries in two venues. With the support of the City of West Torrens, a series of text Tapestries designed by the community weavers are being woven in the Thebarton Branch Library. Drawing upon texts from Hanrahan's writing and patterns and images taken from her prints, these tapestries illuminate her creative process but also speak for the women who designed them.

The Barbara Hanrahan Community Tapestry Project has not only resulted in an arresting tapestry of Hanrahan's print Puppetmaster and other "text" tapestries based on her writings, but has also generated its own weaving "community" and affirmed UniSA's commitment to both the arts and community .

Complementary events and activities have included the production of a journal by volunteer participants, the mounting of four seasonal forums where speakers have addressed public audiences on Barbara Hanrahan's literary and artistic legacy, and well-attended and community-inclusive launches and "cutting down" ceremonies at the State Library and Thebarton Branch Library at West Torrens.

The project is one of the outcomes of an ARC funded research effort by Dr Cathy Speck, Kay Lawrence and research assistant Betty Snowden on Significant Women artists in the South Australian School of Art 1888-1968, conducted with the support of the Centre for Gender Studies within the Hawke Institute. Led by respected tapestry weaver and lecturer at the SA School of Art, Kay Lawrence, the Hanrahan Community Tapestry Project team has since created a series of tapestries, involving over 30 volunteer weavers at two public locations, the State Library and the Thebarton Branch library in West Torrens. The project has been managed and promoted through the Hawke Centre and was the recipient of the West Torrens Australia Day Community Award in 2000. Project team members were Kay Lawrence (Project Leader) with trainees Kirsty Darlaston and Karen Russell (Weavers), Dr Catherine Speck (Research advisor) and Hawke Centre Director, Liz Ho, and Assistant, Louise Barnes (Project management).

While the tapestries will eventually hang in the planned Hawke Centre at City West Campus, as a tangible expression of Barbara Hanrahan's contribution to the arts and the project’s outcome, UniSA has already derived important community profile benefits out of the project, especially an excellent reputation for community outreach, for publicly celebrating a woman artist who relentlessly explored the role of women in her society, and for supporting textile traineeships associated with the project. Inspired participants have been motivated to plan for further community-based tapestry projects, indicating the long-term value of this type of community engagement and the fostering of recognition of the value of arts practice within the community.


Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence 2006

Louise Carnell with VC Professor Denise BradleyIn 2006 Louise Carnell from the Hawke Centre was nominated for the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence in the category Providing Quality Service and was a winner ‘for outstanding contribution to service initiatives and excellent service to the University and its communities’, receiving the award from the Vice Chancellor at a ceremony in November 2006.