The Governor meets Legacy, the emotional support donkey.
The Governor meets Legacy, the emotional support donkey.

World Animal Day and Exporting WA

The Governor attended the annual RSPCA WA Animal Welfare Awards – recognising the efforts taken by members of the community to improve the welfare of all animals, great and small.

“For the RSPCA here at home and around the globe it is a daily battle to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals that through no fault of their own find themselves in harms’ way, and desperately in need of care and protection,” the Governor noted in his speech to those assembled.

The Governor delivers his address.
The Governor delivers his address.

Awards were granted over six categories:

  • Tinkerbell’s Animal Award – Recognising an animal who has made a significant impact on members of the community
  • Humane Award – celebrating a person who has shown exceptional courage in rescuing an animal
  • Youth Award – recognising an outstanding young person for raising awareness of animal welfare issues among their peers
  • Community Action Award – recognising an individual or group working hard to improve animal welfare in Western Australia
  • Volunteer of the Year Award – honouring an individual who, through volunteering, has made a significant impact on the lives of animals
  • Agriculture Award – recognising a project or activity that has positively influenced the welfare of animals in agriculture

The Governor also confirmed his patronage of RSPCA WA, joining the long line of Governors before, stemming back to 1893 with His Excellency Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson.


The Governor hosted a meeting of the Executive Council, attended by the Honourable Rita Saffioti MLA BBus Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports and the Honourable Simone Frances McGurk MLA BA Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services.

WA Export Awards

Recipients gather for a poto. Photo by Matt Jelonek
Recipients gather for a photo. Photo by Matt Jelonek

The reception and ceremony for the 2022 Western Australian Export Awards – recognising Australian exporters who have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment – was held at Government House this evening. The event marked the 60th anniversary of the Australian Export & Investment Awards and the 34th year of the WA Export Awards.

The selected 13 category winners will progress to the National Awards, held by Austrade in November 2022. The categories and their winners include:

  • Advanced Technology – AVI: AVI specialises in the design, development, and manufacture of specialised communication systems and critical components for government, defence, and corporate communities. Founded in 1989, AVI operates on a global scale from world-class facilities in Western Australia, and through a network of offices across North America, South America, Europe, and Australia.
  • Agribusiness, Food and Beverage – 2GR Wagyu Beef2GR Wagyu Beef is a global award-winning Australian Wagyu beef export enterprise, established in 2016. 2GR has strategically built one of the largest herds of Full blood/Purebred Wagyu globally – including Japan, underpinned by a compelling export business to market their high-end Wagyu beef brand, 2GR Wagyu.
  • Creative Industries – Kirrikin: Kirrikin is a 100 per cent Aboriginal owned social enterprise. They digitally print authentic Aboriginal art onto luxury fabrics and turn them into clothing and accessories. The featured artists take a share of the profits, and they support women’s issues in the community.
  • E-commerce – Clean & PureClean & Pure is a family-owned business. By using 100 per cent certified organic ingredients, Clean & Pure produce and sell skincare and beauty products made from natural Australian-sourced ingredients to be low-irritant and non-toxic.
  • Emerging Explorer – Premier Metal RecyclersPremier Metal Recyclers is Australia’s leading scrap metal recycling company. They provide automotive and metal recycling solutions that use materials for recycling and reuse purposes, which is an important source of secondary raw materials and closing the gap in the material cycle through recycling.
  • International Education and Training – Stanley CollegeStanley College is an independent Institute of Higher Education with a long history in successfully educating local and international students. The college delivers courses in Health, Community Services, Hospitality, Information & Communication Technology, Business and English language.
  • International Health – Little Green PharmaLittle Green Pharma is a WA-headquartered, ASX-listed, pioneer in Australian grown, manufactured, and exported medicinal cannabis with a differentiated product, and strong research and manufacturing expertise. Little Green Pharma was the first in Australia to produce locally grown and manufactured pharmaceutical grade cannabis products.
  • Manufacturing and Advanced Materials – MotiumMotium is an Australian-based, globally recognised industry leader in designing and manufacturing rugged computers and associated technologies for use in harsh environments and tough industries. Established in 2002, Motium is an expert in the ground-up design and manufacture of standard, semi-custom, and truly bespoke rugged technologies.
  • Professional Services – Oilfield TechnologiesOilfield Technologies is an Australian family owned solutions-driven business solving oil and gas issues for Energy Operators and Governments worldwide for over 20 years. They provide Flow Assurance solutions, third party cement and pre-qualification verification services as well as customised solutions to other engineering challenges the energy operators may face.
  • Regional Exporter – DomeShelter AustraliaDomeShelter Australia’s purpose is to protect people and assets from the harmful effects of the elements – quickly, simply and effectively. The genuine DomeShelter brand is a trusted supplier of Fabric Shelter Solutions, designed and manufactured in-house and utilised by some of the world’s leading mining and resource, and industrial companies.
  • Resources and Energy – DUG TechnologyDUG Technology is a technology company at the forefront of high-performance computing (HPC), analytical software development and scientific data analysis. Their innovative hardware, software and services solutions allow a diverse client base to leverage large and complex data sets.
    Small Business – Information AlignmentInformation Alignment has been a major developer of software for the mining industry since the early 2000s, when it made the successful transition from bespoke mine reporting system development to a developer and vendor of a full spectrum of packaged mine reporting products. A recognised market leader in the area of software for mining operations, their products are installed at operations across Australia, North America, South America, Africa and Asia.
  • Sustainability – Rare Foods AustraliaWith 20 years of research and development, Rare Foods Australia is the world’s only MSC certified wild-enhanced abalone fishery and was founded on a passion for the protection of our oceans and rare species. They use world-class methodologies, leased 413 hectares of the ocean and now deliver a premium range of products across the world.
  • Overall Award – 2022 Western Australian Exporter of the Year Award – AVI : AVI specialises in the design, development, and manufacture of specialised communication systems. The company’s physical and software-defined solutions have the capability to transform to different missions, including land, sea, air and space; permitting an unmet level of agility, responsiveness, interoperability and performance. The global appetite for high-reliability autonomous networking systems has seen AVI’s international footprint increase in terms of both coverage and revenue. As Defence forces move towards networked battle systems and digitisation, AVI continues to transverse key technologies between core markets. State-of-the-art in-house manufacturing facilities and supply chain surety, ensure reliable delivery to clients, and performance of these hardened communications systems in zero-fail environments.
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