Queensland Community Achievement Awards

2022 Winners

2022 Winners with Kendall Gilding, 7NEWS Presenter and Peter Atkinson, Publisher, InQueensland All images courtesy Cherry Photography


Maurimosaic and Mout Nathan Winery Leadership Award

Steve (Sunny) Whitfield of Tallai is a veteran soldier who served for the UN Task Force with the Fijian military. After discharge, he worked as a paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance Service. He is now a paramedic academic at Griffith University School of Medicine. He lectures and researches about paramedicine. In 2021, Sunny helped create a publishing platform to encourage paramedics to read, write and share more.

Sunny Whitfield, winner of the Maurimosaic and Mout Nathan Winery Leadership Award, being presented by Andrea Castiglione, Managing Director, Mauri Mosaic and Rebecca Morov, Mount Nathan Winery


Bendigo Bank Community Group of the Year Award

Multicultural Social Network of Arundel (MSN) was founded in March 2020 to support people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. MSN provided food hampers, hygiene and sanitary products, and warm meals to about 200 young international students stranded on the Gold Coast. In February 2021, MSN started Cultural Meals for the Homeless & Needy projects, which engaged volunteers from culturally diverse backgrounds to prepare meals from their heritage.

Multicultural Social Network of Arundel, winner of the Bendigo Bank Community Group of the Year Award, being presented by Kate Wakeling, CEO Logan Community Bank group proudly part of Bendigo Bank


Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award

Melissa Redsell of Warner is a midwife who founded A Brave Life, a not-for-profit organisation that supports young mothers facing a range of challenges, such as domestic violence, poverty, and homelessness. In 2015, Melissa started gifting newborn essentials to young mums struggling. She has since gifted 8,000 Baby Bundles via young parent programs, maternity social work departments, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community centres.

Melissa Redsell, winner of the Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award, being presented by Ben Barrett, CFO & Deputy CEO, Australia Pacific LNG


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Small World Journeys of Cairns is an educational tour operator founded in 2008 that creates multi-day tours in the natural world for student groups. For an all-inclusive educational experience, each tour includes the perspectives of Australia’s indigenous people, an option for community service projects, and unique activities focused on sustainability and conservation. Small World Journeys follows a customer service mantra: Be Honest. Be Helpful. Be Grateful.

Small World Journeys, winner of the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award being presented by Jean Dennehy, Regional Wholesale Manager, Ricoh Australia


Synaco Safety Award 

4RFM of Moranbah is a community radio station dedicated to promoting Road Safety. They have been holding a Road Safety Week since 2019. In 2022, they ran a poster design competition, which would be transferred to vinyl banners to hang on school fences. They also hold a special Road Safety parade with schools, where kids can ask questions to Emergency Services attending the parade.

4RFM, winner of the Synaco Safety Award being presented by Rino Caprioli, National Safety Manager, Synaco Global


Special Event Presentations Local Sporting Club Making a Difference Award

Eagleby Giants JRLFC of Eagleby is helping develop a culture to assist players in becoming not only good footballers but also good people. The Club has created a community hub to support the wider family and community. The support includes a drop-in centre and mental health check-ins with teams. It holds an Annual Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Week and a weekly 12-step mental health program.

Eagleby Giants JRLFC, winner of the Special Event Presentations Local Sporting Club Making a Difference Award, being presented by Ean Schofield, Managing Director, Special Event Presentations Pty Ltd


Evolt Health and Wellbeing Award

Marc Newman of North Mackay runs a Sports Clinic in his capacity as an internationally accredited Human Movement Specialist and Professional Sports Trainer. He volunteers as an Accredited Sports Trainer for several high school rugby union teams. He also provides Advanced Sideline Emergency Care for Rugby League Mackay District, where he provides support and advice to accredited sports trainers and first aid officers from 19 clubs.

Marc Newman, winner of the Evolt Health and Wellbeing Award, being presented by Mark Dobbie, Director of Sales Operations, Evolt