The Excellence Awards

The Zero Barriers Excellence Awards night was held on the 25th of July 2018 at Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre. The event was held in the evening with a full program of entertainment, with speeches from special guests, project coordinator, and the Executive officer of The Multicultural Network.

If you are not familiar with the Zero Barriers Project, please see the about page to learn the movement, the sponsors, and the mission. There is also an online self-assessment page to learn how you can create a more accessible workplace and environment.

About Self-Assessment

A Warm Welcome

In total 36 businesses and services across Canterbury Bankstown, Liverpool and Fairfield entered the awards via online or hard copy submissions across the five categories.

Over a hundred people from all over South West Sydney, as well as across sectors were in attendance on the night, which reflected the growing interest, commitment and support for initiatives such as Zero Barriers. We had two Auslan interpreters on the night to accommodate some of the attendees.

Minister for Disability Services, The Hon. Raymond Williams, the Mayor of Canterbury Bankstown, Khal Asfour and Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs NRL player, Adam Elliot were special guests on the night, each presenting an award to the category winners.


Bulldogs NRL player Adam Elliot, with Zero Barriers Advisory Committee and Roxanna Rascon, EO of The Multicultural Network

A Tough Decision


CB Mayor Khal Asfour, CB Deputy Mayor Nadia Saleh with the category winners

It was very difficult for the judges to decide on the winners, as all participants demonstrated their dedication and effort in improving access and inclusion for people with a disability. All nominated businesses and services received a certificate of appreciation for their efforts and for their commitment in working towards Zero Barriers. One of the highlights of the night was an inspirational speech and entertainment by Neil Duncan one armed saxophonist. His story and incredible musical pieces on the night left everyone in awe.


Minister Raymond Williams, CB Mayor Khal Asfour and CB Deputy Mayor Nadia Saleh with Canterbury Bankstown Councillors


Zero Barriers Excellence
Awards Winners:

  • Large Business
  • Rashays Punchbowl
  • Small to Medium Enterprise
  • Crezent Eatery (Condell Park)
  • Community Services
  • Islamic Women’s Welfare Association (Lakemba)
  • Arts, Sports & Recreation
  • C&M Aquatic (Padstow)
  • Innovation
  • MTC Australia (Liverpool)