Lisa Brassington nominated for Outside the Box Award

AWIA Gippsland Member, Lisa Brassington has been nominated for a Quarterly Award, under the Outside the Box category, for her work on the 2019 Farmers BBQ Breakfast for National Agricultural Day.

Having only been in her position a few months at Cardinia Shire, Lisa managed to organise Cardinia’s inaugural 2019 Farmers Breakfast for National Agricultural Day. In doing so she collaborated across the organisation and involved many business units and local farmers and community organisations to successfully run the event.

Lisa profiled Cardinia’s Food Circles Collective Impact project and worked with the Cardinia Food Movement network to organise catering and seek donations from local farmers so not only was all the food healthy it was also locally grown.

Lisa also went to great lengths to ensure everyone had the opportunity to taste locally grown asparagus and saviour the delight of locally produced pear and apple cider. The event was also attended by Ian Anderson, president of the Cardinia Branch of the Victorian Farmers Federation, and other high-profile identities in the local Agricultural sector.

Lisa exhibited leadership qualities by identifying partnership opportunities and collaborating across all areas of Council to ensure aspects of risk and traffic management were covered off and in particular focussed on sustainability as the event was low waste with keep cups replacing single use bottles of water, biodegradable napkins were used as plates and food scraps were put into compost.

 The Outside the Box Award recognises a project or initiative for Cardinia that has been delivered above and beyond role expectations under the following criteria:

  • The degree of innovation applied in the workplace
  • The level to which the innovation has enhanced or benefited the community or work environment
  • The way in which the application of the innovation aligns with the Cardinia Values

Lisa Brassington works as a Collective Impact Facilitator – Food Circles with Cardinia Shire Council. To learn more about the project go to the Cardinia Food Circles Project website.

Well done Lisa on a remarkable event that recognised and celebrated the local farmers and the important role they play in Cardinia Shire.