COMMUNITY workers and projects from across Parramatta were honoured at the annual Zest awards at ANZ Stadium last week.
One project crowned for its outstanding use of technology was One Parramatta (pictured) — a 2013 short film initiative by All Together Now, which aimed to challenge racism through interviews with more than 170 locals.
All Together Now managing director Priscilla Brice-Weller said it felt amazing for her team's efforts to be recognised. "I read about the other nominees and I thought, 'What amazing people doing amazing things!' so to actually win it was the icing on the cake," she said.
Western Sydney Community Forum's Zest awards co-ordinator Tom Nance said One Parramatta stood out due to its impressive use of technology.
"One Parramatta really impressed the judging panel," he said. "It encouraged a broad audience to reflect on the impact of racism and our behaviour towards people of different backgrounds. The project promotes an increased level of harmony and builds a stronger local community in Parramatta."
Now in their fourth year, the Zest awards celebrate initiatives that support western Sydney communities and help to promote a positive image of the region.
Forum executive Mary Waterford said the awards highlighted the work of the thousands of "quiet achievers", paid and unpaid, who work tirelessly to support the elderly, youth, those with disabilities, new arrivals and others across greater western Sydney.