Queensland Community Achievement Awards

2020 Winners


Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award

Pam Crothers of Dirranbandi has dedicated years of service to the community and is the driving force behind the development of the Dirranbandi Rail & River Precinct. After the last train left Dirranbandi in 2008, Pam began negotiating with Balonne Shire Council and Queensland Rail to maintain the buildings that pre-existed in the rail precinct, with plans for transforming it into a creative hub. Pam initiated the development of the Rail & River master plan, consulted with the community and sourced funding from grant applications. Much of the landscape is now complete and the area is valued as a green oasis within the town.


 Qoin Small Business Achievement Award

2 Bent Rods of Victoria Point first offered fishing classes to the children and their families but soon evolved to offer classes and events on health and wellbeing. They offer shore-based fishing lessons with an emphasis on personal and marine safety and fish stock sustainability. Since 2004, they have had over 55,000 participants attend their programs. They also work with local and state government to deliver Pest Fishing Event management to reduce feral fish numbers in local parks. They support Project Booyah, an integrated program embracing a community inclusive approach. 2 Bent Rods was a finalist at the Business Excellence Queensland at the Ausmumpreneur Awards 2019.



Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

 Tony’s Tropical Tours of Port Douglas has been offering day tours showcasing the Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Forest for 23 years and take customer service seriously. They are dedicated in providing guests with an unrushed, private and unique experience. The tours, structured to keep away from mainstream boardwalks give a more personalised experience, away from large volume of guests. The five naturalist guides and one office manager are well versed in communicating and implementing best social and customer service. They have achieved Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation and have won ‘The Best Tour Guide’ award for three years and ‘The Best Daintree Rainforest Tour’ for eight years.



Prime Super Agricultural Achievement Award

Natural Evolution of Walkamin is passionate about creating circular economies. After Rob and Krista Watkins began commercialising green banana flour using excess produce from their farm, other farmers sought their assistance with their excess produce. The Watkins founded Natural Evolution to address the issue of wasted nutrient-dense food whilst employing locals in rural Australia. They commissioned food research and functional health studies and created products for people and animals that benefit their health. Their patented technology, NutroLock, can turn any fruit or vegetable into powder in ten minutes, locking in plant phytochemicals 20-50 times greater than conventional costly techniques. NutroLock received the Gold Edison Innovation Award.



Synaco Safety Award

Verton Australia Pty Ltd of Milton is on a mission to pursue safety and productivity in lifting operations. Verton has reinvented lifting operations using the world’s first remote load-control system that removes taglines – the ropes that manage crane loads from crane operations. Aiming to solve their clients’ critical issues associated with lifting operations, they offer products that reinvent lifting and orientation by using angular momentum stored in gyroscopic modules to precisely rotate loads in either direction. This removes workers from harm’s way as they don’t need to be near or under moving loads. Verton’s technology eliminates injuries caused by taglines and helps workers get home safe each day.



Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) of Windsor services over 2,600 Indigenous Elders through the Commonwealth Home Support and Home Care Package. IUIH has over 640 employees, half of whom are Indigenous. They have a unique insight into the needs of Indigenous Elders and the essential role of an Indigenous workforce in providing culturally safe aged care. IUIH’s direct care workers are supported to complete a Certificate III in Individual Support. They ensure accredited training is provided including best practice response to the Aged Care’s Royal Commission’s Interim Report and Mental Health First Aid. Employees enjoy a Health and Wellbeing Program and have access to a qualified Workforce Development Coordinator.

 Awards Australia Community Group of the Year Award

GingerCloud Foundation of Virginia was formed to help the community gain the skills, knowledge and tools to become more inclusive and to drive long-term social cohesion. To do this, GingerCloud speaks at community events, groups and schools to raise awareness of families of people with learning and perceptual disabilities. In 2014, they created the world-first club-based Modified Rugby Program, which specifically modifies the game to meet the needs of children. They also hold GingerCloud Leadership sessions featuring Modified Rugby Program Ambassadors. In 2020, they launched the Disability Inclusion Leaders Program called ‘Inspire and Include’ to continue developing young people’s leadership skills and knowledge.