Queensland Community Achievement Awards

2016 Finalists

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

Blackall Range Care Group of Montville is a not-for-profit charitable association providing care for the aged and those with a disability. With 90 staff members and 160 volunteers, the Blackall Range Care Group take pride in providing the highest quality standards of care. They run “The Cottage” day centre where people socialise, play games and watch musical and theatre performances. The Group actively fundraise to contribute to their specialist activities, such as the operation of the Caloundra Hinterland Meals on Wheels program.

Kaloma Home for the Aged of Goondiwindi is a not-for-profit facility, employing 82 local staff for the 50 permanent residents. Staff additionally provide 25 home care packages to assist older people remain in their homes. Kaloma is committed to providing training and professional development and have introduced an annual $2,000 education grant for staff. Kaloma consistently achieves three year accreditation status across residential and home care programs, and is soon to expand to 80 beds due to the increasing demand for their services.

Killarney Memorial Aged Care is a not-for-profit, community based organisation providing diverse health and aged care services for the past 50 years. Killarney offers residential aged care, lifestyle enhancement programs and in-home services such as gardening, laundry, cleaning and a community transport scheme. Killarney is actively involved with fundraising initiatives, such as their annual “Bonfire Night”, which is sponsored by several local community groups. Killarney employs 60 staff, and offers formal training in numerous aspects of aged care, providing staff with many professional development opportunities.

NoosaCare of Tewantin is not-for-profit and community owned. They have 195 beds, two facilities, 300 staff and 100 volunteers. They have implemented an employee recognition program and a staff wellness program with yoga classes and confidential counselling. Leaders in dementia, in 2012, NoosaCare opened their award winning 32 bed Memory support unit, incorporating global dementia research. Pioneers in Maggie Beer's inspired change of food provided in Aged Care, meals are cooked from local seasonal produce and from herbs sourced from their own edible gardens.

ATEC Rail Group (ARG) Innovation and Leadership Award

integratedliving Australia of Rockhampton is a community based organisation supporting older people and young people with disabilities and their carers. For 15 years they have delivered a range of health management and community living services. Due to the low life expectancy and high levels of diet-related mortality in the older Indigenous population, integratedliving launched an innovative Indigenous meal range program in 2015. The “Staying Healthy Eating Well” program was designed to provide healthy meal options and promote intergenerational activities such as food gathering and cooking classes.

Kristy Sparrow of Alpha has dedicated the past two years to BIRRR, Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia, as a result experiencing problems with internet connection, speed and cost. Kristy was instrumental in successfully lobbying Telstra to provide unmetered internet service for education sites and conduct a nationwide survey on bush internet access. The BIRRR Facebook has 7,000 members, and the website provides troubleshooting for internet issues. Kristy contributes over 50 voluntary hours each week and has personally assisted 1,000 members with troubleshooting.

Startup and Innovation Tablelands of Atherton was established to support the entrepreneurial and innovative activities in the Tablelands. They developed teaching workshops and provide educational presentations to students and businesses. Their trainees graduate with coaching and consulting skills and real life experience of creating and developing a startup. The initiative has grown from a $7,000 budget to $50,000 and was selected to host the first Australian Future Agro Challenge. Startup Tablelands won the prestigious 2015 Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia Challenge Award.

MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award

Rebecca Heitzman of Goondiwindi has held the role of Lifestyle Officer at Kaloma Home for the Aged since 2014 and has gained the respect of residents, family and staff alike. She supports the residents and provides them with tasks instilling a sense of purpose. Rebecca displays compassion and respect for the residents and regularly goes above and beyond to ensure they have a quality experience at Kaloma. Rebecca was the 2014 Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award winner and is committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of the elderly.

Sandra Gilbert of Doonan is the Group Care Manager of NoosaCare, overseeing 215 residents and 237 care staff. Sandra’s passion for dementia care is responsible for the creation of a dementia specific 32 bed unit. She took over management of the kitchen, sourcing new staff and local produce to provide fresh, tasty meals reducing resident’s complaints to zero. Last year Sandra presented at six conferences on dementia and improving food in aged care. Sandra was awarded 2014 NIMAC Nurse Manager of the Year for her work in dementia care.

Skye Brisotto of Yangan has been an employee at Killarney Memorial Aged care for five years, starting as a personal care worker before becoming Lifestyle Co-ordinator. Skye organises activities to support independence, improve motor and social skills and has seen several withdrawn residents develop friendships. She holds regular resident meetings to explore concerns or ideas, and to choose which nutritious meals they would like. Skye is passionate about improving the resident’s quality of life and they in turn value her care and compassion.

Gladstone Printing Services Trade and Career Achievement Award

Bronwyn Reid of Emerald is the founding director of 4T Consultants and Agrisoft Systems. In 2013, Bronwyn started her third company, ‘Mining for Business’ to help small regional business owners achieve growth by securing contracts with large organisations. Bronwyn holds a Diploma in Science, a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. She is actively involved in the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies, and Women into Science and Technology programs at CQ University. Bronwyn is also a member of the Steering Committee with the Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative.

Farmer and Sun of Gympie is a family owned local marketplace, established in 2012 by owners Steve and Trena. They now have a gourmet organic café, 1,000 products and support 70 local farmers who supply them with produce. Farmer and Sun implement sustainable practices using biodegradable products and encourage customers to bring re-usable bags. They received the 2015 Gympie Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year Award. Steve and Trena have plans to include a local butcher and a room for natural therapies.

Hive Haven of Beerburrum have a passion for bees, the environment and sustainable agricultural and urban practices. They specialise in stingless native bee honey and European bee honey, harvested on organic farms and native bushland. Owners Ann and Jeff developed Hive Haven Bee Boxes, which are the first of its kind to be manufactured in Australia and have won several awards. They created a campaign to increase awareness of bee health and have implemented hives at Australia Zoo and are developing an educational package for schools.

Kate Johnson of Chinchilla is the Indigenous Coordinator at Chinchilla State High School. Targeting low attendance and retention rates, Kate implemented a culture of improvement for Indigenous students. Her commitment often sees her doing school drop-offs and pick-ups, speaking to parents late at night, and taking students to doctors’ appointments in Toowoomba. Kate’s efforts have benefited Indigenous students and their families, with more students staying to graduate year 12 and a 100% success rate for Indigenous students achieving QCE’s. Kate has also been pivotal in changing people’s negative perceptions.

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Aussie Helpers of Charleville founded by Brian and Nerida 14 years ago, is a volunteer run organisation that assists farming families in need. Last year, 1,000 farming families were visited. Volunteers travelled 500,000 kilometres and 150 road trains of essential hay, food and toys were delivered. Aussie Helpers launched a 24/7 online psychology program and will fly a qualified psychologist directly to properties at no cost if needed. Brian has received an Australian of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.

PCYC Dalby Braking the Cycle program addresses the correlation between unemployment and unlicensed young people. It is aimed at disengaged youth and those who don’t have access to a car, or family support. Passionate mentors provide coaching skills and a safe environment allowing participants to complete the mandatory 100 hours of supervised driving. In three years, volunteers have contributed almost 2,000 hours supervised driving and mentoring sessions. To date, 200 young people now have a provisional license, and 70% have gained employment or returned to further education.

Quota International of Toowoomba established the Quota, Cops and Kids All Together (QuoCKA) program in 2012 to improve the literacy of young migrant students. With funds raised from raffles and charity functions, Quota purchases a book for each child and donates an additional book to the school library. The program consists of weekly reading sessions between students, police officers and volunteers to encourage and improve reading, comprehension and language skills. Now with 16 volunteers, the reading program has been implemented in five primary schools.

The Umbrella Network of Rockhampton is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 2012 with the purpose of assisting and supporting families with special needs children. They have helped approximately 600 families by providing guidance and the resources to seek professionals. The Umbrella Network provides a venue for 300 families each month to participate in social groups, parent connect programs, playgroups and events. Their successful “Disability Yard Care” project provides young adults with a disability with the skills and support to gain employment and contribute to their community.


Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award

Cairns and Region Multicultural Association Inc. work closely in partnership with James Cook University, CQU and service providers promoting cultural awareness and leadership training. CARMA coordinates and supports many multicultural activities including the Tropical Waves Multicultural Festival and Harmony Day. Their International Women's Day event attracted 200 ladies from diverse groups and businesses in the Cairns region. CARMA coordinates Youth Programs and runs several youth groups. The Management team were presented with a “Local Multicultural Champion” certificate in the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

Cairns Bhutanese Community resettled in Cairns in 2008 and have since participated in many multicultural events and organised their own Cairns Bhutanese Day Festival. The Festival showcases their cultural music, food and fashion to the wider community. They have been successful in connecting youth of other cultures and supporting them to learn cultural music and dances. The members’ commitment to promote multiculturalism and diversity in the community has been recognised by the Cairns Regional Council for promoting tolerance, acceptance and self-esteem.

Capricorn Coast Multicultural Group of Yeppoon encourages diverse groups to share their culture, customs, craft and dances through class demonstrations in primary schools. These demonstrations allow students who have newly arrived to Australia to feel welcome and settle into their new community. Organiser, Nini Sielaff, has been a driving force in promoting multiculturalism in the Livingstone Shire for nearly three decades. Nini and the Capricorn Coast Multicultural Group continues to integrate newcomers in the local community through sharing cultural traditions and activities.

Zita Stark of Chinchilla is the group leader of ‘Conversations in English’, a migrant support program. Aided by volunteers, the program provides a chance to share cultures, strengthen English skills and learn the Australian way of life. Migrants develop self-confidence and gain friendships, enabling a smooth transition into their new community. Zita was influential in developing CinE into a successful regional program, with groups in Dalby, Miles and Tara. Zita’s dedication to integrating multiculturalism in Chinchilla has contributed to the positive approach the community holds.

University of Southern Queensland Educational Innovation Award

Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative is a collaboration between government, small business, business groups and economic bodies. The collaboration provides a strategic and structured approach to regional business development and learning through the sharing of resources and capabilities. The Initiative was officially launched in 2015 "To support business communities within the Bowen Basin to remain resilient and sustainable through the effective co-ordination of business development activities". The innovative concept enabled organisations to work together to maximise resources. Small businesses in regional Queensland are the beneficiaries.

Emerging Entrepreneurs of Cairns is a plug and play high school program teaching entrepreneurship and innovative thinking. Launched in 2015 with a pilot to nine regional students, the program has expanded to 10 schools. In the 10-week “Emerging Entrepreneurs Program” students learn about entrepreneurial mindset, effective idea screening and learning from failure. They develop a 30-minute business plan, cost every idea and ensure that their product meets market needs. The goal is simple… to support students in the creation of one million new innovative Australian businesses.

The Increasing Activity & Intelligent Minds Team of Dalby is a joint partnership project to help schools in the Darling Downs South West Region to get students to move more, sit less, engage well and achieve high. 70 schools have become iAIM Action Schools, with 67% of students increasing their physical activity levels by up to 200 minutes a week. 20 teachers have lead action research projects using physical activity to address school needs and achieve positive student outcomes.

Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award

Drought Angels of Chinchilla was founded in 2014 by Nicki Stansbi and Tash Johnston to assist drought affected Queensland farmers. They started with a ute, a trailer and $360 when they did their first drought run. They now fill several road trains and have helped hundreds of farmers. All support is voluntary and Drought Angels source funding and community support to provide financial assistance such as prepaid visas, stock feed and food hampers. Mental health issues and suicides are addressed by engaging health care professionals on their drought runs.

Raelene Ensby of Rockhampton formed The Umbrella Network in 2012. The non-profit organisation’s aim is to assist and support families who have young children with special needs. The Umbrella Network provides support groups with workshops on parenting, nutrition, behaviour, autism and specialist visiting, and medical services are arranged. Raelene coordinates community raffles, BBQ’s and fund raising using volunteer support. Social groups and fun events are also provided for children and parents. Raelene has successfully arranged free airport car parking for Families travelling to appointments in Brisbane.

Robbie Radel of Biggenden has volunteered with the Apex Club for over 21 years and is also a member of the Rural Fire Brigade, Swim Club, Little Athletics and rural farming groups. Robbie was instrumental in reviving the town’s annual Christmas Fair. He was awarded the Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 2016 and has recently been elected to local government. Robbie has joined with fellow farmers to develop the possibility of bringing irrigation water to Coalstoun Lakes. This project would inject $10 million annually and create 200 local jobs.

Sailability Sunshine Coast Queensland was established 17 years ago at Mooloolaba to provide a "Freedom on the Water" experience for Queenslanders with disabilities. The "Not for Profit" organisation is staffed completely by volunteers who provide a sailing experience specifically tailored for each disabled person's individual needs. Sailability volunteers pay for their own expenses for things such as "Blue Card" compliance and First Aid certificates to meet required legal and insurance requirements. Sailability develops relationships with teachers, parents and carers to provide the best support to clients.

2015 Finalists

Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award

Bernd Brauer of Runaway Bay, is the founding President of the Gold Coast Multicultural Festival which last year attracted 52,000 people. It features four stages of entertainment, craft stalls and more than 60 international food stalls from 35 different nations. In its 8th year, Bernd now organises an entire week of cultural activities and mini-events leading up to the Festival. Each year a team of volunteers support Bernd to run the event smoothly. Profits from the Festival are used to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children within the region

Gladstone Regional Council of Gladstone, is promoting a holistic approach to managing cultural diversity with the implementation of the 2014-2019 Gladstone Region Cultural Diversity Frameworks. New policies aim to help overcome the difficulties skilled migrants face in accessing government-funded services and assist them with barriers of language, culture and local knowledge. Initiatives delivered by the Gladstone Region Interfaith Portfolio include the Gladstone Region Social Incubation Hub and the Annual Multicultural Week and Festival Day. A Welcome-Settlement-Integration Model has also been introduced to welcome, settle and integrate migrant newcomers to the region

Kim Warmsley of Toowoomba, uses the power of Art to demonstrate inclusiveness and to celebrate diversity. Showcasing Aboriginal heritage, Kim shares her artistic talent working tirelessly with youth groups, women’s business networks, schools, religious organisations and museums. She has collaborated with several primary schools creating large symbolic puzzles for their playgrounds. Kim is currently managing an Art Gallery showcasing local artists work and is involved in two exhibitions with her own work. She was the Toowoomba delegate in 2014 and 2015 at the Vesak Conference in Paris, and spoke about ‘Peace and Diversity’

On the Same Wave of West Burleigh, is an initiative launched in 2010 by Surf Life Saving Queensland and the Queensland Government. In response to a number of beach-related incidents, the program focuses on educating Queensland’s multicultural communities about beach safety. With an emphasis on inclusiveness and diversity, six surf lifesavers from Iran, Iraq, South Korea and Argentina have been trained so far. The program has been translated into more than 20 languages and each year directly reaches more that 50,000 people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award

Bernd Brauer of Runaway Bay, established his charitable organisation ‘New Beginnings’ in 1999, providing Prevention and Early Intervention programs for disadvantaged youth. Workshops and camps are focused on prevention of bullying and anti-social behaviour whilst promoting self-esteem and teaching leadership skills. Disadvantaged and at-risk young people are identified and referred to Bernd’s program by schools, refugee and indigenous organisations. The program now covers all of Queensland and reaches over 4,000 participants. In 2013, “New Beginnings” received a community service award from the Queensland Minister for Police & Emergency Services

Margaret Shaw of Airlie Beach, has led the way in the plight of North Queenslanders to get fair and affordable insurance premiums. As a result of her tireless, unpaid work for the Federal Northern Australian Insurance Taskforce, Margaret receives over 100 emails a week from those affected. With premiums having increased between 200% and 800%, Margaret has constantly lobbied Federal and State members for action. She has been successful in obtaining a Federal Cross Party Inquiry and for over 14 million dollars to be assigned to the issue in the Federal Budget

Rotary Readers of Bundaberg, is an intergenerational program that has been running for the last 10 years in Bundaberg schools offering valuable tuition to struggling readers. More than 200 tutors provide in excess of 16,000 volunteer hours annually to primary school students, achieving immense improvements in literacy. Recruited by the Bundaberg East Rotary Club, many tutors are retirees. The students enjoy the contact with older people who bring the wisdom of their years to the reading sessions. Rotary Readers were finalists in the Education Queensland Showcase Awards in both 2008 and 2009

ATEC Rail Group (ARG) Innovation and Leadership Award

Bog Out of Cairns, is a revolutionary new way to rescue bogged vehicles, developed and tested in the tough tropics of Northern Queensland. A very strong harness turns a vehicle’s own wheels into a winch, providing a simple and practical solution for off-road users. Unlike existing recovery options, BOG OUT can be used on the front or rear wheels, is economical, fits in the glove box, and can double as a towrope. Locally made at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre as part of a rehabilitation program, BOG OUT is exceeding manufacture and sales targets

Jodie Currie of Chermside, developed the Bowen Basin Mining Club with a vision to enhance communication and strengthen supplier and buyer relationships. Meeting bi-monthly as a business networking function, the Club rotates in three regional centres and features key speakers from the region’s mining industry base. It provides an all-inclusive free membership and is funded through commercial industry sponsorships. Jodie is recognised as an influencer, and her leadership has facilitated an extensive number of business transactions and relationships. The Club now has 1800 active members and 67 individual business sponsors

Kenick Constructions of Cairns, is a small local residential building company leading the way with affordable and sustainable living homes. They have designed a timber frame construction which is sustainable and suitable for cyclone areas. They have also reduced running costs by cooling homes naturally without reliance on air conditioners. Kenick Constructions have three display homes, which are used as education tools for clients and students. In 2014 they won the TNQ20 Tropical Innovation award, three National Awards and were National Finalists in the Greensmart Awards for implementing green practices in client’s homes

Tremayne Pendragon of Munruben, has created a device that helps visually impaired people turn Braille into sound. Worn like a glove the devices electronics are in a small compartment at the top of the hand, leading to the sensors at the tip of the fingers. These sensors pick up the braille and translate it into a specific language. Through this project, Tremayne aims to assist the visually impaired speed up their learning process. This year Tremayne and the sensor won two Queensland iAwards, including Young Innovator of the Year

CRT Agricultural Community Achiever Award

Australian Eco Bananas of Innisfail, have developed and patented an “ecoganic” farming system. This sustainable farming practice creates a balanced ecosystem, reduced runoff to off-farm assets and environmentally certified ecoganic bananas. Since 2000, a grower group was created to train, mentor and manage farmers in ecoganic and environmental practices. Australian Eco Bananas provide growers support, school and university information and promote eco bananas at food shows and expos. They have won multiple awards including a Product and Services Marketing Award, Rural Sustainability and World Habitat Day Australia

Broken Nose Vanilla of Miriwinni, grow, process and pack gourmet vanilla products. They use sustainable practices with no pesticides or chemical fertiliser, re-usable retail packaging and source local ingredients. After being devastated by cyclone Larry in 2006, Broken Nose Vanilla developed an innovative system allowing crops to be laid flat during serious winds. This system was tested in 2011 by cyclone Yasi and all plants survived. They were finalists in the 2012 ABC/Kondinin Farmer of the Year Awards and runners up in the 2014 Tropical North Queensland Agricultural Innovation Awards

Bronwyn Roberts of Emerald, is an advocate to the cattle industry. She is a senior project officer for the Fitzroy Basin Association, a Young Farming Champion and Australian Beef Industry Foundation Board Director. Bronwyn shares her message about the importance of the cattle industry and sustainable agricultural production around the country. As a Young Farming Champion, she represents Meat and Livestock Australia promoting the sustainable beef industry to schools and at events and festivals. Until its recent sale, Bronwyn was also involved in the management of her family’s farm producing economically and environmentally sustainable beef

Mungalli Creek Dairy Pty Ltd of Millaa Millaa, is a family owned and run producer of bio-dynamic and gourmet dairy products and bio-eggs. With an innovative business structure, they support eight local family farms and encourage environmentally sustainable farming practices. Passionate about producing natural food, their farm is Certified A Grade Demeter Biodynamic. Their product range includes Biodynamic Milk, Tub-set Yoghurt, Lactose Free yoghurt and soft cheeses. Since 2011, Mungalli Creek has been awarded in excess of 100 Dairy Industry medals for the quality of their products including Queensland’s 2015 Champion Yoghurt

Gladstone Printing Services Trade and Career Achievement Award

Farmer and Sun of Gympie, started selling their home grown produce at Farmers Markets 20 years ago and in 2012 they opened a retail store. All shelving is made from recycled timber and produced locally. In 2015 a café was added and now they support over 60 local farmers through store sales. 20 staff are employed across the fruit shop, café and farm and all are trained on the job. Farmer and Sun show great customer service and interest in their clients and their store is well known in the area

Mary Wilson of Koongal, is Team Leader at Autism Queensland, working up to 70 hour weeks, including unpaid weekend work. She is also studying for her third degree. Mary is constantly developing new ideas to improve and extend Autism Queensland’s services to ensure that children with special needs are recognised and advocated for. She has created and developed new programs such as ‘Say and Play’, ‘CQ Sibs’, ‘Grow ‘N’ Up’ and ‘AS-Me’ for older groups. Mary has been instrumental in making Autism Queensland the ‘go-to’ service for children with Autism in the region

Travis Farinelli of Mourilyan, has been coaching junior tennis since he was 14. Last year, whilst still attending secondary school, Travis completed his Tennis Australia - Junior Development Certificate and began a school based Certificate III traineeship in Sports Coaching. Travis has also launched his own tennis coaching business ‘Farinelli Tennis Academy’. He employs other young tennis players to assist him, and last year became Innisfail’s youngest Chamber of Commerce Member. Travis has signed with five local schools as part of the National Schools Partnership Program and coaches 300 children each week free of charge

Peabody Energy Environment & Landcare Award

Barron Catchment Care of Atherton, has for the last 20 years, in a voluntary capacity, implemented catchment and water quality improvements in the Wet Tropics region. Draining into the Great Barrier Reef, the Barron River Catchment covers an area of 226,000 hectares. Projects have led to the successful restoration of riparian vegetation and habitat connectivity, improved drainage management, weed control and better land management practices. The Catchment Care group’s vision is to implement equitable and sustainable resource management practices to maintain and enhance the Barron River Catchment

Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre of Trinity Beach, is a not-for-profit, volunteer run, conservation organisation, dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured marine turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles, all classified as threatened, or endangered. The Centre also participates in research programs to influence Government policy, has an education centre and provides placements for students and undergraduates. Over 200 turtles have been cared for by the Centre with release success utilising satellite trackers resulting in recovery rates between 75-85%

Mackay Recreational Fishers Alliance of Mt Pleasant, is a volunteer group promoting recreational fishing and the catch and release policy as a sustainable way to ensure future fish stocks. 9,000 children have been educated about sustainable and responsible fishing through The Angler Education program. The Alliance has successfully campaigned for improvements of boating related infrastructure, the establishment of a net free zone and for the eradication of Tilapia, a noxious fish. They hold free family fishing days and fishing competitions and memberships are anticipated to reach 1,000 next year

Nugrow of Raceview, is helping Queensland lead the way in a sustainable approach to waste management and land rehabilitation. NuGrow’s facilities accept a wide range of organic wastes such as green waste, grease trap and effluent which are then converted into beneficial resources such as compost and soil conditioners. Through field trials, open days and publishing of scientific data, NuGrow are passionate about educating the community and promoting organic based fertilisers. They won the 2013 Waste Recycling Industry Association Queensland’s Innovation Award and were finalists in the 2014 Queensland Premier’s Sustainability Awards

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award

Burrum Heads Progress Association of Burrum Heads, has been the pinnacle community association throughout the Fraser Coast for the last 40 years. They have generated $90,000 in the last three years through the Community Hall hire, Burrum Heads magazine, Markets, Community and Cultural celebrations. The Progress Association has donated funds to the SES, the Fire Brigade and Girl Guides. They worked collectively with the community’s youth to coordinate and raise funds for a skate park. The Association also partnered with Fraser Coast Regional Council to fund a multi-function exercise hub for residents of all ages

Rotary Club of Pioneer Valley Inc. of Andergrove, is one of the smallest Rotary Clubs in Australia with only 10 members and last year started the Drought Relief Appeal. The whole community got involved with cutting, baling and donating grass. With help from transport and fuel companies, the sugar industry and countless other organisations, they raised $320,000 and also received in-kind donations worth $260,000. 3,000 large hay bales, huge quantities of pet food, and over 70 Christmas hams were delivered to those struggling because of the drought in Queensland’s West

The Advocacy and Support Centre Inc. of Toowoomba, is an innovative not-for-profit organisation delivering free legal, advocacy and social services. The Centre is the largest regional Community Legal Centre in Queensland, and has a strong background of working collaboratively with other local organisations to improve their service delivery. They are also active members of the Ipswich and Toowoomba Disability Service Provider’s Network, the Toowoomba Mental Health Pathways Network and the Family Law Pathways Network. In the last financial year the Centre has provided services to 1,628 people across the region

Wide Bay Volunteer Resource Association Ltd of Bundaberg, is a registered Training organisation and charity, that sources and matches volunteers to community organisations. In their 16th year of service, the Association supplies volunteers for not-for-profit or charitable organisations and fundraising events. Other projects include the IT Incubator Recycling, refurbishing donated PCs and supplying them at no cost to local community groups. Last financial year, the Association placed 3,736 volunteers in the region, which contributed to over one million hours of services and over 34 million dollars of unpaid labour


2014 Finalists

The Prime Super Community of the Year Award

• Dalby PCYC Volunteer Mentors
• The Miles District Hospital Auxiliary Inc
• The Toowoomba Hospice

Peabody Environment and Landcare Award

• Gangalidda & Garawa Rangers and the Normanton Rangers
• Noosa and District Landcare Group
• Reef Check Australia

The Origin on behalf of Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award

• Jennie Downham
• Josh Arnold
• Michelle Radel

The Reay Services Group Energy and Sustainability Award

• Anglo American – Dawson Mine Rehab Plan
• Oaky Creek Coal – Glencore
• Teys Australia Pty Ltd

The Buzz Print Events and Tourism Award

• FKG Tour of Toowoomba
• Goomeri Pumpkin Festival
• Jumpers and Jazz in July Festival

The Safeguard Events and Tourism Award

• Elijah Douglas
• Emilia Chakty
• STEMM Program


2013 Finalists

The Prime Super Community of the Year Award

• The Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Inc.
• Weengallon Pink Ladies Day

The Peabody Environment and Landcare Award

• CQ Local Government Association 
• Gangalidda & Garawa Rangers and the Normanton Rangers 

The Origin Energy Regional Service Award

• Colin Johnson
• Dianne Spencer

Reay Services Group Energy and Sustainability Award

• CQ Local Government Association
• North East Downs Landcare

The Safeguard Events and Tourism Award

• Angel Flight Outback TrailblazeR
• Burrum Coal Discovery Festival Inc.

The Styleprint Youth Leadership Award

• Kingaroy State High School
• Selena McMurray


2012 Finalists

The Salvation Army Employment Plus Business and Employment Award

• The Gladstone Gymnastics Club 
• Toowoomba Clubhouse 

The Safeguard - Events & Tourism Award

The Outback Festival of Winton
The Outback Oktoberfest of Jundah

The Clark Rubber - Regional Service Award

• Dianne Auchettl of Toowoomba
• Debra Wilkinson of Yeppoon

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award

• Project Catalyst of Mackay
• South East Queensland Fish of Gold Coast

The SunWater - Youth Leadership Award

• Kirsten Jensen of Buddina
• Stemm Program of Nambour

The Prime Super - Community of the Year Award

• Borringa Action Group of Mitchell
• Theodore Community

2011 Finalists

The Salvation Army Employment Plus - Business & Employment Award

 A Montessori Educational Childcare, Early Learning & Kindergarten 
• Benevolent Aged Care Rockhampton 

The Flight Centre - Events and Tourism Award

• The Original Eumundi Markets 
• The Yeppoon Lions Tropical Pine Fest 

The Clark Rubber - Regional Service Award

• Sharon Boyce - Toowoomba 
• Julie Hill - Mount Isa

The Peabody - Environment and Landcare Award

• Alby Wooler - Rockhampton
• Richard Zoomers - Rathdowney

The Prime Super - Community of the Year Award

• Boulia Community 
• Volunteering North Queensland - Aitkenvale