Queensland Community Achievement Awards

 2018 Winners 


The 2018 Winners with Kendall Gilding, 7NEWS.


Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award 

Matthew Gregg of Toowoomba has been instrumental in supporting the lives of young people through his street outreach program known as the METRO Care Street Crews. He has supported thousands of people with nearly 50 tonnes of food collected through the Loads of Love Appeal which he created. Matt has an unwavering belief in the potential of young people, and is committed to the idea that everyone is worthy of a fresh start.


Pullenvale Ward Outstanding Achievement Award

Barry Searle of Chuwar founded The Local Bulletin, a local community magazine covering the Pullenvale Ward, 21 years ago. He publishes 24,000 full-color 52-page glossy magazines every month which are distributed free to households. The Local Bulletin is also available in local shopping centers. The funds from advertising and marketing space are mostly redirected back into sponsoring the community sector by publishing local community groups, news, events, and activities.


Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Agri-Con Equipment of Bundaberg is a specialist manufacturing company for agricultural equipment, backed by over 60 years and four generations of experience in farming and harvesting design and manufacture. Agri Con Group differentiates itself by manufacturing heavy duty machinery which outlasts its competitors in terms of wear and tear. They deliver to the market products which not only are innovative but are more energy efficient, assist with improved productivity and reduce fuel costs.


Awards Australia Small Business Achievement Award

Freeman's Organic Farm of Currumbin Valley is a 103 year old family farm which has become a leading organic farm and education centre. They grow 75 different organic fruit, vegetable and herbs which can be purchased by the public. The farm has supported charities for over 50 years. There are 300 organic strawberry plants planted in community garden beds, and children can pick their own for free. They also provide weekly public educational farm tours.


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Kuranda Visitor Information Centre is open seven days a week, 364 days a year and staffed with 37 volunteers and a full-time Information Officer. The Centre promotes the alternative lifestyle of an artistic community and the natural rainforest environment that surrounds the village. The Visitor Centre strives to provide a level of customer service that exceeds expectations and tourism industry Awards have been received consistently since 2012. Over 97,000 visitors were recorded last year.



Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Mundubbera MPHS provides a comprehensive range of acute, out-patient and community health care services. Staff are provided with training onsite, at tertiary facilities and via video conference. A staff wellbeing fund ensures that staff are provided with recognition for work well done and birthdays are celebrated with zest. Exercise bikes and a treadmill are available and a cooked, sit down Sunday breakfast is a valued staff tradition.


University of Southern Queensland Teaching Excellence Award

Iain Hodge of Maryborough is an outstanding educator who led initiatives at Maryborough Special School to evaluate and improve knowledge of content and teaching strategies. He demonstrates exemplary curriculum knowledge by developing a model of productive and inclusive curriculum across the school. He reviewed inclusive strategies world-wide and exploring current approaches to engage and support students with a disability. His research has resulted in the current model that focuses on "the whole child.”


DSS Law Community Group of the Year Award

Lighthouse Care of Loganholme delivers 45,000, $25 food trolleys to struggling families across South East Queensland each year, with thousands being donated freely. The not-for-profit organisation has a dedicated team of over 100 staff and volunteers. The majority of Lighthouse’s work is self-funded through occasional fundraisers and a low cost grocery store. Lighthouse Care is dedicated to creating a place of hope, support and encouragement for vulnerable families in need.



2017 Winners of the Queensland Community Achievement Awards


2017 Winners with The Hon Dr Anthony Lynham MP, Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines


Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award

Graduate Women QLD Sunshine Coast Branch was founded in 2004. They have demonstrated leadership in promoting cultural diversity and acceptance with their Refugee Education Program. Two week intensive English courses, bursaries to assist students with school fees and private group swimming lessons for Islamic female students are also offered. They have raised $3,500 for swimming lessons, $12,000 for bursaries and $1,800 for English dictionaries.

Gail Ker OAM, CEO, Access Community Services presented Graduate Women Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch with the Cultural Diversity Award


Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award

Selena Wool of Capalaba created 'Little Lionhearts' to support the pregnancy loss community after losing eight pregnancies herself including twins. Selena has fundraised $40,000 to purchase and donate four 'Cuddle Cots', so that families can spend precious time with their babies who have passed away. Selena has also provided 350 memory boxes to bereaved families, filled with nurturing items so parents don’t leave hospital with empty arms.

Mark McCabe, Australia Pacific LNG CFO and Deputy CEO, Australia Pacific LNG presented Selena Wool with the Community Hero Award


Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award

Umbrella Network Rockhampton was formed in 2012. A non-profit organisation, it supports families who have special needs children. Families are provided with tools to access therapy, interventions, medical and educational assistance. The Network is volunteer-run, many of whom have a disability. Disability Yard Care is a lawn mowing and maintenance service provided by young adults with a disability, empowering them with life and teamwork skills.

Matthew Crossley, Second Vice-President, Lions Club of Brisbane Metropolitan presented Umbrella Network Rockhampton with the Community Group of the Year Award


Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

Bugs for Bugs of Mundubbera has 35 years of experience providing crop monitoring services and assisting growers with integrated pest management. They currently produce 10 species of natural enemies, to help manage pest problems such as scale and mealybug. Bugs for Bugs operate 50 climate controlled rooms and use 250 tonnes of butternut squash and 24 tonnes of wheat each year for their beneficial insect production.

Wayne Wright, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Bugs for Bugs with the Agricultural Innovation Award


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Kaloma Home for the Aged in Goondiwindi is an 80 bed not for profit facility. Their 125 staff range from 16 to 75 years and are provided with competitive wages, family friendly rosters and staff with children over eight can bring them to work. Local unskilled people are provided with on-the- job training and complete a trade qualification. Kaloma provides on-site training and an annual $2,000 education scholarship grant.

Karen Hyland, Regional Manager, Prime Super presented Kaloma Home for the Aged with the Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award


Pullenvale Ward Outstanding Achievement Award

eWaste Connection in Chapel Hill was founded by the family of a special needs boy who has a love for disassembling all things electrical. Ewaste Connection provides meaningful engagement for young adults with a disability which prevents them from obtaining regular work. This social enterprise creates opportunities, skills and friendship through recycling. The 45 participants and 21 volunteers refurbish computers and recycle 1.5 tonnes of electrical waste every month.

Cr Kate Richards, Pullenvale Ward, Brisbane City Council presented eWaste Connection Ltd with the Outstanding Achievement Award


Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

Paws & Relax of Eagle Farm was established in 2014, and provides off leash doggy day care, training and grooming. Paws & Relax understand their client’s needs and provide exceptional customer service. They provide a WOW experience, which has gained them a 5 star review rating on Facebook and Google. They are the only doggy day care recognised as an official RSPCA Corporate Supporter.

Brian Wood, National Wholesale Manager, Ricoh Australia presented Paws & Relax Pty Ltd with the Customer Service Award


University of Southern Queensland Teaching Excellence Award

Morgan Stebbings is a Philosophy and Chemistry teacher at Cavendish Road State High School. She has written new subjects and organised academies that are pioneering, Australian firsts. Morgan volunteered to walk the 100km Oxfam challenge with her visually impaired student. She runs an after-school Chemistry tutorial and is both a mentor and judge in the Queensland Philosothon. Her passion is reflected in her outstanding student outcomes.

Professor Stephen Winn, Head of School (Teacher Education and Early Childhood), University of Southern Queensland (USQ) presented Morgan Stebbings with the Teaching Excellence Award