Long-term Karratha resident Nanette Williams has received a lifetime award for her years of work improving consumer awareness in the region.

The long-serving former Pilbara Community Legal Service chief executive and health department employee was named winner of the Rona Okely Award at a ceremony for the WA Consumer Protection Awards held in Perth last Thursday.

Mrs Williams, who has lived in Karratha for 35 years, was nominated for the host of projects she has set up in the region in that time, including a Karratha community health centre, disability support service, information link centre, the North West Regional Women’s Association, Women’s Health Centre and the Pilbara Social Justice Council.

She then joined PCLS as a financial counsellor in 2000 and on becoming its chief executive was instrumental in expanding the service to four branches across the Pilbara and providing financial counselling, tenancy and homelessness support for local residents.

“I have a huge sense of fair play, and if I see something that’s not right I find some way to draw attention to it,” Mrs Williams said.

“When the need continually crops up, you have to look at what you can do, and if it’s cropping up often you have to do something.”

The Consumer Protection Awards are given out annually to recognise the achievements of individuals, businesses, local governments and the media to increase awareness of consumer issues in WA.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston thanked all of the award winners for giving their time and expertise to helping consumers.

“All West Australians benefit from the commitment to consumer protection shown by these dedicated individuals and organisations,” he said.