Catholic Social Services Victoria in search for Community Idol

The Melbourne Archdiocesan social welfare agency is helping to sponsor a nationwide search for "an Australian Idol that can't necessarily sing or dance but has the creativity, enthusiasm and devotion to excellence to create a buzz in their community has begun".

Australian Christian Channel reports that the search to find Australia's first Community Idol has been launched by the Victorian Minister for Communities, the Hon. John Thwaites on behalf of ourcommunity.com.au, a national resource centre for Australia's 700,000 community groups, and Centacare Catholic Family Services, co-conveners of the annual Communities in Control Conference.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the best and brightest community groups to get their just reward," said Fr Joe Caddy of Centacare Catholic Family Services. "I'd encourage every group to step up and nominate why they should be the first Community Idol. The competition will be tough but that's what makes it worth winning."

"Australia's Community Idol isn't about being the biggest group or raising the most money," added Minister Thwaites. "It's about being effective, innovative, inclusive and, above all, it's all about being a group that is excellent in the way it works to enhance the community."

Community groups nominating for the 2005 Australian Community Idol award will be judged by a panel of community sector leaders on criteria including: the group's record in promoting access and participation; the dynamism and vision of the Board or Committee of Management; fundraising ability; local business partnerships; and its leadership and advocacy track record.

Three finalists will be flown to Melbourne and put through their paces live in front of the expected crowd of 1500 conference goers by ABC radio and television presenter James O'Loghlin. An audience vote will then decide the ultimate winner of the $3000 prize and the title of 2005 Australian Community Idol 2005.

The 2005 Australian Community Idol search is part of the Communities in Control Conference to be held in Melbourne on 6-7 June.

The search for the 2005 Australian Community Idol is open to any Australian incorporated association two years or older. Nominations for the 2005 Australian Community Idol close on 16 May 16.

Search launched for Australia's best community group (Australian Christian Channel/Ramon Williams)

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Community Idol
Catholic Social services Victoria
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28 Apr 2005