Members of volunteer groups from throughout the region who were recognised for making a difference in their communities, along with representatives from Trustpower and the Invercargill City and Southland District councils, during the Southland Trustpower Community Awards on Monday.
South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive) secured top honours at the awards as supreme winner.
Trustpower community relations representative Alice Boyd said South Alive stood out because of the input from volunteers and the positive impact they were having on their community.
South Alive received a framed certificate, a trophy, and $1500 prize money and would go on to represent Southland at the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards to be held in Queenstown next April, she said.
Other category winners were: Katelin Cotter, of Southland Girls’ High School (Youth Community Spirit Award); the Korimako Dominican Ecology Centre, Invercargill, (Heritage and Environment Award); joint winners Bellyful Invercargill and Free Haircuts & Other Services (Health and Wellbeing Award); the Southland Multicultural Council (Arts and Culture Award); the Winton Skate Park Committee (Sport and Leisure Award) and NRG (Next Rotary Generation) Rotary club (Education and Child/Youth Development Award.