Queensland Community Achievement Awards

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