Queensland Community Achievement Awards

2021 Winners

2021 Winners with Jan Schutt, General Manager, Royal on the Park Hotel. All images courtesy Masterpieces Photography + Video.


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Feros Care of Coolangatta is supporting people to live bold lives. Feros Care is a not-for-profit care organisation that provides aged, disability and healthcare services through government partnerships for people to live independent, active and socially connected lives. They support 24,000 people across six states and territories. Feros Care has 968 staff and 300 volunteers. Their holistic and comprehensive response to Covid-19 includes weekly meetings to keep staff informed, the distribution of personal protective equipment and comprehensive training to promote safety practices. They afforded flexible protections, strategically rearranged staff rosters, and provided two weeks unpaid and half-pay annual leave as an additional gesture for the staff.

Feros Care, winner of the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award, being presented by Louie Gorgijeski, Regional Manager, Prime Super


Synaco Safety Award

Glen Cook of Kawungan is a passionate powerline safety advocate. Glen is a Principal Community Safety Specialist who has been working as an electrician for over 29 years within the construction and utilities industries. He has been a first responder to serious injury/burns and fatalities due to third party accidental contact with powerlines. Glen works tirelessly to share safety messages and highlight the very real consequences of the wrong attitude to powerline safety. He communicates his presentations and safety information in terms easily understood by the Agriculture, Aviation and Construction industries. Glen was named Australian Health and Safety Professional of the Year in June 2020.

Glen Cook, winner of the Synaco Safety Award, being presented by Mike Otty, Managing Director, Synaco Global Recruitment


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Hello Home Doctor Service of Springfield Lakes is committed to ensuring continuity of care. Founded in 2016 by Dr Niraj Shekhawatia, Hello Home Doctor Service is an accredited medical deputising service providing after-hours primary care to patients at their home or an Aged Care Facility (ACF) on behalf of their regular GP. To ensure ease of booking for ACFs, they have designed HelloDr, a booking platform. HelloDr features follow-up support and training, a 24/7 call centre and ability to send feedback. Hello Home Doctor has created a library of training materials available on-demand for clients. Since April 2020, they have been offering consultations by telephone or video call.

Hello Home Doctor Service, winner of the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award, being presented by Brian Wood, National Sales Manager - Wholesale, Ricoh Australia


Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award

Sarah Jantos of Tallebudgera is empowering children to become environmental custodians. Sarah is a full-time wildlife carer, environmental activist and mother of three who founded Green Heroes, a non-profit environmental education organisation. Green Heroes is helping children develop a strong sense of belonging and purpose in their lives, community and environment, and to learn that to co-exist with nature is both a privilege and a responsibility. Sarah has engaged teachers, conservationists, wildlife carers, scientists, parents and children to create meaningful and engaging environmental programs for delivery in mainstream early years education facilities. Sarah volunteers 40 hours weekly, managing other volunteers and training educators and teachers.

Sarah Jantos, winner of the Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award being presented by Tim Horneman, Deputy CEO and CFO , Australia Pacific LNG


Special Event Presentations Local Sporting Club Making a Difference Award

Fight 4 Youth of Currumbin is building confidence and acceptance through sport. Fight 4 Youth is an inclusive, multicultural youth centre established in 2015. They have a boxing club that trains fighters and offers classes for all ages. Youth programs include mentoring, girls’ and boys’ empowerment and therapeutic-based programs. Their ‘The Suspension Project’, is a program developed to help young people suspended from school, disengaged youth and youth offenders to make positive behaviour choices. The Project provides young people opportunities to strengthen relationships with their community and gives them access to qualified mentors, counsellors and program facilitators. The registered charity is run entirely by volunteers.

Fight 4 Youth, winner of the Special Event Presentations Local Sporting Club Making a Difference Award, being presented by Hunter Gapes, Operations Supervisor, Special Event Presentations


Qoin Small Business Achievement Award

Sobah Beverages of Burleigh Heads is breaking down the stigma of socialising sober. Sobah Beverages is an Australian Aboriginal, family-run company that makes a range of premium non-alcoholic craft beers infused with native fruit and spices based on the Kombumerri Lands of the Gold Coast. It was established in 2017 by proud Gamilaroi man and psychologist, Dr Clinton Schultz and his wife, Lozen. Sobah is sold in more than 700 venues and stores across Australia. They have two full-time and two part-time staff, one casual employee and few contractors. The business has grown 300% every year since 2017. They have started selling in New Zealand.

Sobah Beverages, winner of the Qoin Small Business Achievement Award, being presented by Matt Simpson, Qoin Master Agent, Qoin Australia


 Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award

Green Fox Training Studio of Salisbury believes in the untapped potential of those who want to change. Green Fox Training Studio (GFTS) is Australia’s first not-for-profit creative agency operating a training facility inside a high-security prison. Operating since 2019, they employ inmates through in-prison internships, training and working side by side with them in graphic design, desktop publishing, 3D animation and more. This provides real-world employment and experience within the creative industries. GFTS hires selected prisoners in their studio upon release to ensure sustained rehabilitation. In the last 12 months, GFTS has trained almost 100 inmates; 25 of these have left prison and only one has returned.

Green Fox Training Studio, winner of the Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award, being presented by Suzy Raymer, Chief Marketing Officer, Evolt