7NEWS Young Achiever Awards QLD

2020 Finalists

BB Print Regional Achiever Award

Amber Stewart, 23 of Dirranbandi is passionate about giving back to her community. Amber lives in Dirranbandi, a remote rural community that has been in drought for seven years and is active in committees, fundraisers and community events. She is a youth representative at Community Advisory Network Committee and was President of the Parents and Citizen’s Association in 2017 and 2018. As Treasurer of Dirrabandi Progress Association, she co-created a Dirranbandi Lighting Project that won a $60,000 grant to implement tree lights along the main street River and Rail Precinct. Amber won Dirranbandi Miss Showgirl 2015 and 2016 and was nominated for Balonne Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards 2020 – Citizen of the Year.

Cory Towner, 28 of Blacks Beach is committed to sustainability. As head of development at Seta Industries, Cory developed an operation to substantially reduce waste plastic in the agricultural and horticultural industry, reduce operational expenses of struggling growers and recycle or reuse plastics that would likely end up in landfill or ocean. He has engaged the local council and orchestrated monthly meetings with Bowen Growers Association, State and Federal members, Department of Infrastructure and Development Fund representatives, local growers, local contractors, leading plastic manufacturers and environmental consultants. Cory and Seta Industries hope to develop a plastics recycling facility to recycle “end of life” products into renewable energy.

Isabella Gosling, 25 of Glenvale is empowering rural women. Isabella is the Secretary of QENDO, a not-for-profit that provides support, education and awareness to anyone affected by endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS or infertility. She launched QENDO’s Endomeets into rural Queensland to raise awareness, reduce misinformation and create a support network for women and girls and is working to deliver education sessions in rural areas. Isabella restructured and streamlined the EndoSister program, a peer-to-peer support service, to support more women. Suffering from both endometriosis and adenomyosis, Isabella has undergone three operations. She was recently nominated for the Telstra Business Women Award and the Emerging Leader Award.

Samantha Harrison, 24 of Coolum Beach advocates for self-confidence. Sam has been running her hair extension salon since she was 17. Inspired by a close friend who felt embarrassed and withdrawn after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Sam established “Hats with Hair” in 2019. Hand-made by Sam herself, Hats with Hair gives an illusion that a person has a head full of hair. The hats have ethically sourced European double drawn hair that look natural. Sam has created many hats and donated them to local hospitals and young girls going through chemotherapy. She uses fundraisers to help cover costs so she can donate to those with Alopecia.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Jessica Taylor, 26 of Alexandra Hills is passionate about empowering women. Jessica is the President and Director of QENDO, a not-for-profit that supports women and girls affected with endometriosis, adenomyosis, PCOS or infertility. She picked up the 30-year-old charity to connect with the new generation and grew the team from three to 59 volunteers. Jessica has improved operations by rebranding the organisation, securing sustainable income and establishing key relationships with government, workplaces, schools and rural communities. She helped develop a National Action Plan for Endometriosis, a Queensland Government-funded app, and successful school programs. Jessica was the Gold Winner at the Aus Mumpreneur Awards’ Making a Difference Award.

Anja Christoffersen, 21 of Newmarket is a motivational speaker and healthcare advocate. Anja is the first Youth Ambassador for the Continence Foundation of Australia. Despite being born with VACTERL, a congenital yet invisible disability, Anja transformed her struggles into passion by mentoring people with complex health issues of all ages internationally. She encourages people to pursue advocacy and overcome adversity through positivity and self-awareness. Due to declining health, Anja pursued an alternative educational pathway where she achieved DUX, graduating with a 6.63/7 GPA. Anja is the first disabled person to place in Grand Slam pageantry, achieving 2nd at Miss Grand Australia in 2019.

Krystal White, 28 of Ormeau Hills believes that leadership is a way of living. Krystal has been a volunteer with Hair Aid Inc. since 2013, helping disengaged youth and homeless people. She has attended four International Aid Projects to the Philippines as Project Leader, managing a team of international volunteers are they worked in slum communities. As Gold Coast/Tweed Coordinator for Hair Aid Community Cuts, she partners with community organisations and coordinates volunteer hairstylists/barbers to offer haircutting services in eight locations. Krystal helps fundraise for charities and promote awareness. As an educator, she was inspired to create a Community Closet at YMCA for students needing interview clothing.

Michael Adams, 27 of Aspley is an extremely passionate coach. Michael is a full-time Strength and Rehab Coach for kids and adults with special needs. He started by volunteering to help a Special School’s Grade 12 students who needed assistance in losing weight and gaining confidence. He has since helped clients with special needs to move better and live healthier lives. Michael paved the way for the Special Olympic Powerlifting take off in Australia, initiated the Flying Kiwi Cup, and was appointed as Coordinator of Powerlifting by Special Olympics Australia. He established Strong Hearts Foundation to give financial aid to families of kids with special needs.


Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award

Amily Phineasa, 18 of Kirwan is devoted to serving her community. As elected Indigenous School Captain in 2015 and 2018 at Kirwan State High School, Amily helped organise NAIDOC week activities and represented her school in the Cut for a Cure fundraiser. She participated in the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament program and received an Indigenous scholarship. Amily completed her Certificate II in Business through a two-year Indigenous School Based Traineeship and helped improve the financial wellbeing of community members. Amily aspires to become a cardiovascular surgeon and open a GP clinic to give back. She has been accepted to study Medicine at James Cook University.

Cheyanne Conroy, 25 of Coomera hopes to make an impact. Cheyanne is a proud Wurundjeri woman, primary school teacher and Indigenous leader. She introduced a school-wide program allowing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Coomera Rivers State School to identify with and connect with their culture. As leader of the Indigenous Champions Team, she coordinates with AIME to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a focus on learning the Yugambeh language. Cheyanne was the first Aboriginal to receive the Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship at Griffith University where she completed Bachelor of Primary Education and Bachelor in Child and Family Studies, both with Distinction.

Juliet Biemann, 17 of Redcliffe is enthusiastic about engaging her community. Juliet has been volunteering at The Breakfast Club, a local charity organisation that serves breakfast to the homeless. She has also initiated ‘Keep Redcliffe Warm’, a clothing drive for homeless. As student leader at Grace Lutheran College, she initiated and led the March against Modern Slavery and reforms to the school’s Relationships and Sexuality Education program. She regularly presents Acknowledgement of Country at assemblies and chapels and has volunteered at NAIDOC week celebrations. She was also the Aboriginal representative at the ‘Childsafe’ fundraising dinner. Juliet has been accepted to study Law at University of Queensland.

Miiesha Young, 19 of Woorabinda is inspiring her community through music. Miiesha is a singer-songwriter who travelled back to her community to record her music videos for Drowning and Black Privilege. Her community performance brought together the whole of Woorabinda for a barbeque celebration. She takes any chance to speak positively of her community in interviews and educate people on what it means to be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander woman. Miiesha has helped another Woorabinda woman pursue music by making her backup vocalist. She also helped one Elder have his music recorded with top musicians. In 2019, Miiesha signed her first record deal with EMI.


University of Queensland Create Change Award

Charlie Johnstone, 15 of Bahrs Scrub is passionate about helping others. Charlie founded CEJ and initiated ‘Kid to Kid’, which focusses on building the entrepreneurial capabilities of young people. Other initiatives include an eco-friendly granular furnace dual processor which repurposes PET bottles into 3D Printer Spools. Charlie won the national Origin’s ‘LittleBIGideas’ competition and as the prize, he flew to NASA to have lunch with an astronaut. He was shortlisted for the Premier’s Climate Change Ambassador Position and will meet and pitch to Al Gore. A Gold Medal winner in the International World Scholars Cup, Charlie received the 2019 Young Citizen of the Year Award for Logan.

Cory Towner, 28 of Blacks Beach is committed to sustainable change. Cory is head of development at Seth Industries, a company dedicated to developing a plastics recycling facility to recycle “end of life” products into renewable energy like Biodiesel. The project aims to address environmental and operational issues and will create up to 10 full-time jobs in the region. Recycling the products is at no cost to local growers and will save up to $5M in operational expenses. Cory has received support from growers, government representatives and commercial companies. Seth Industries is looking to engage James Cook University and Central Queensland University to carry out research and development.

Matt Boyce, 27 of Greenslopes hopes to address mental health challenges through human connection. Recognising the role of food in giving a sense of community and connection, Matt established “The Connection Project” which has four pillars. ‘Your Prep’ is a cooked meal kit delivery business designed to get families together. ‘How Good’s Living’ organises events that bring communities together. ‘Life’s Warriors’ is a charity program teaching kid’s resilience. Lastly, the “The Connection Project” App aims to bring connections online and has impacted over 200,000 lives. A carpenter by profession, Matt has been accepted into the ‘Seeds of Change’ accelerator program by Mars Food Australia.

Sabrina Chakori, 27 of Highgate Hill advocates for a sustainable economy. Sabrina started the social enterprise Brisbane Tool Library (BTL) which operates from the State Library and enables people to borrow a range of hand and power tools, camping gear, sports equipment and other items rescued from landfill and the community. The practical circular economy model expands and maximises the use of goods that would have otherwise been underutilised. Sabrina is a Board Member of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council. A graduate of MSc in Environmental Economics, Sabrina is undertaking a PhD research at the University of Queensland looking at solutions to transition to zero-packaging food systems.


iFly Online Achievement Award

Dr Alayna Cole, 26 of Maroochydore advocates for a safer online space. Alayna is a game developer who is the founder and managing director of Queerly Represent Me, a charity dedicated to research around representation of queer people and other marginalised communities in the videogame industry. They have a comprehensive online database of games featuring queer representation and provide online resources free for developers and interested parties and paid consultation services. “Queerly Represent Me” aims to provide safer online spaces and promote diversity. Alayna contributes to several online game publications, holds a doctorate in Creative Writing and teaches at University of the Sunshine Coast.

Jessica Taylor, 26 of Alexandra Hills is passionate about supporting, empowering and making a difference in the lives of women. She has engaged with communities and businesses to seek out gaps and create new innovative ways to meet the needs for those suffering with chronic illnesses. Jessica has designed and developed websites for local and community businesses in Queensland. Jessica envisions Australia as a connected nation where access to information and innovative applications and websites help and support people. Jessica is President and Director of QENDO and is responsible for developing a mobile app for people with chronic conditions such as endometriosis.

Ariel Beninca, 24 of Windsor hopes to drive the future of digital experience. Ariel is a senior software designer and front end developer who is currently self-employed, working with clients in improving their digital experiences. She has worked with many businesses and has designed solutions to diverse problems in the online space. She successfully re-designed the Citibeach website experience, which led to a 70% increase in sales. Despite struggling as a woman in the industry and coming from a disadvantaged and poor background, Ariel is motivated to become better. She teaches front end web development at Queensland University of Technology and enjoys inspiring the next generation.

Tasmin Trezise, 27 of Brisbane co-founded the SaaS startup ‘Tanda’ in 2012 whilst studying at the Queensland University of Technology. Along with three colleagues, they were tasked with handling QUT’s commercial outlets that employed more than 100 staff. Tanda helped solve scheduling issues such as inaccurate employee attendance and tampered shifts. With a starting capital of just $4, they released the software to a broader audience and recorded over 1 million employee check-ins in its third month. Tanda is now a fully-integrated system with HR software, offering total workforce success, giving businesses labour insights on wages, rostering, and attendance. They have four offices worldwide.


Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award

Matt Boyce, 27 of Greenslopes believes in the power of human connection. After overcoming depression, Matt established The Connection Project to address mental health challenges and social disconnection across Australia. The Project has different components, such as ‘YourPrep’, a meal preparation delivery service designed to get families cooking together. Matt started a clothing line called ‘How Good’s Living’ to generate income for The Connection Project. He also developed ‘Life Warriors’, an educational charity program that teaches kids about resilience. Matt also organises community events like Walk and Talk, a meet-ups directed at men. The Connection Project has far impacted 200,000 lives in just two years.

Trent Faunt, 25 of Kingaroy has a passion for real estate. Trent overcame being broke and established a real estate company when he was 21. His team has grown from one to four members and has rebranded to Faunt & Emmett Real Estate. They purchased a local agencies’ rent roll in 2018 and another local agency in 2019. They have since sold over 70 properties in Kingaroy and have opened a second office in the South Burnett region. In 2016, Trent published a real estate book, “The Real Deal by Trent Faunt”. In 2017, their company helped fund and build a primary school in Kenya.

Mike Kellett, 28 of Burleigh Heads is promoting health and fitness. In 2017, Mike launched Macro Mike, a unique protein and health food brand that offers food using 100% natural ingredients. A personal trainer, Mike decided to travel the world at 22 and spend three years working in commission-based sales roles. While training bodybuilding in Gold Coast, Mike started making healthy brownies, waffles and more. Other athletes became interested and Macro Mike was born. They are now in hundreds of stores across Australia and hire only local employees. Mike won the 2019 Young Small Business Champion Entrepreneur award. In October 2019, they had over $450,000 in sales.

Trent Miles, 29 of Yeppoon is committed to continuous improvement. Trent co-founded All Industries Group with a mission to add value to the supply chain network. Their core business is the design and manufacture of Rollover Protection Systems for trucks, cars and mobile plant equipment plus Falling Object Protective Systems shipped locally and internationally. Trent is responsible for shaping company culture and establishing a set core of management values. All Industries Group has secured ISO 9001 compliance and successfully received a Research and Development grant and six education grants to support apprenticeships. They won the 2019 Capricorn Coast Business Award, Industry Engineering Mechanical Award category.


Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Award

Kathryn Lyons, 27 of Loganholme is passionate about inclusiveness. Born with microcephaly and diagnosed with progressive degenerative disorder, Kathryn was inspired to establish Accessibili-t, with a mission of inclusive awareness and advocacy. She delivers motivational talks and workshops, sharing her belief that everyone has abilities and strengths and sanitary needs that should be recognised. Kathryn has approached the Government and corporate groups to enable real inclusion and access. She spoke with senators and MPs on limited access to toilet and sanitary bins for homeless women. Kathryn showcased her solution designs at QUT Foundry and was keynote speaker at the 2019 World Toilet Summit on Human Rights.

Katura Halleday, 15 of Tallai advocates for education of young women. Katura started 8X8 to Educate, a social enterprise that donates 100% of profits to education in Mozambique through three income streams: a novel called Rina’s Story, an Art Competition, and personal and company sponsorships. Katura’s Story, a documentary made by Fish Films based on Katura's involvement with the Mission Education work in Mozambique, won at the International LAMPA Film Festival. Katura was invited to represent Fish Films as a guest speaker at the 2018 Perm International Volunteers Forum and was interviewed by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. She represented Australia in the International Charter for Compassion – Golden Rule Day

Madison Birtchnell, 19 of Willow Vale is determined to be a catalyst for change. Madison represented Australia in the Class of Women Deliver Young Leaders Program where she helped shape programs and policies that affect the lives of young girls and women. She undertakes consultation to effectively implement Sustainable Development Goals. Madison volunteers with the National Council of Women of Queensland as social media manager. She presents empowering workshops to marginalised young people in Multicultural Communities Gold Coast and has devised a free International Women’s Week Conference with a Queensland Government grant. A business student at QUT, Madison has raised over $20,000 to deliver initiatives.

Yasmin Ildes, 24 of Greenslopes is redefining beauty through empowerment. In 2014 while studying Law at the Queensland University of Technology, Yasmin established Glamourzonians, a not-for-profit that conducts empowerment workshops in girls’ schools about the impact of social media on confidence and self-worth. The aim of the workshops is to redefine the meaning of glamourous and create a space for discussion on topics like negative body image, inner beauty and contributing to bigger world issues. All funds raised are donated to addressing girls’ access to education. Yasmin was admitted to the Bar in 2019 and is a 2020 Miss Universe Australia Queensland State finalist.


LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award

Bre Redsell, 24 of Warner is committed to making a positive impact. Bre volunteers with A Brave Life, a not-for-profit organisation that helps alleviate poverty, misfortune and helplessness experienced by teenage and young mothers. She provides mentoring and tutoring to teenage mums who are completing their high school education so they develop healthy choices and live a positive lifestyle. She delivers Baby Bundles to maternity hospitals, young parent programs and community centres. Bre was inspired by her mother who was a teenage mother herself. She has a Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences and Diploma in Health Science, works part-time as registered counsellor and runs a tutoring business.

Jez Harris, 18 of Cootharaba has a passion for community service. Jez has been a PCYC Emergency Services Cadet for five years and has volunteered for events such as Clean Up Australia Day, Noosa Triathlon and King of the Mountain in Pomona. Jez has joined the Rural Fire Service and has attended twelve fire activations and several land searches. He has completed two levels of leadership training with the Police Citizens Youth Club’s State Youth Leadership Program. Jez works two jobs to fund his schooling to become a pilot. He has completed his Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation and has gained State Emergency Services qualifications.

Jye Parkinson, 16 of Yaroomba is an advocate of sustainability. Jye is a brand ambassador for Patagonia Australia. In 2015, he travelled to Papua New Guinea to work on a sustainability program and deliver it to children in PNG and then to his classmates. He promotes Plastic-Free Wednesday to raise positive awareness about single-use plastics. In 2017, he attended the International Sea Turtle Symposium and was awarded the honourary title of “International Sea Turtle Champion” by SEA LIFE Mooloolaba. He received the 2018 Coolum Beach Lions Youth of the Year Award on Australia Day and the 2019 Environmental and Sustainability Award from Coolum State High School.

Tani Bloudell, 23 of Merrimac gives utmost importance to education. Tani has been volunteering since she was 12, starting with Riding for the Disabled at Tallebudgera and Homeless Connect. In 2014, she raised over $1M for Tupou High School in Tonga, a school with 800 students and no desks or chairs. She also initiated a school exchange program and Clean Up Tonga campaign. Tani founded E.D.G.E. (Everyone Deserves Global Education), a foundation that establishes a network of educational resources for the less fortunate. A YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament Member for Mudgeeraba, she won Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year in the 2015 Australia Day Awards.


2019 Finalists

LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award
Michael Morgan, 25 of Sippy Downs has been a dedicated volunteer since he was a teen. Despite having a rare and debilitating auto immune disease that makes it physically challenging for him, Michael remains committed as an ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. He is a passionate motivational speaker, fundraiser and performer who believes in the impact that a wish can have on the life of a child. He travels nationally to perform in remote hospitals to spread his message of hope and love to children with chronic illness. He also helps raise funds for the charity’s wish-granting program by donating artworks he personally makes.


Alexandra Wells, 19 of Ormeau established the Gold Coast Inclusive Sports Program for children with disabilities and additional needs when she was just 15 years old. Despite her young age, she met with leaders and spread the word about the club. She was involved in creating the program, promoting and running it, and training the volunteers. What started with 30 athletes and 30 volunteers, now has 90 athletes and 100 volunteers. The program focuses on coaching fine motor skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership whilst having fun in a safe and inclusive environment. Alexandra currently juggles her university studies with her commitment to the club.


Jessica Taylor, 25 of Alexandra Hills is passionate about improving women’s health. She is the president of Endometriosis Association (QENDO), a not-for-profit organisation that provides education and support to women affected by endometriosis. Jessica continued the 30-year-old support line, renewing and rebranding it to connect with a younger generation. She grew the team of volunteers from 3 to 59, secured sustainable income, launched an online store and increased social media reach. Jessica is delivering a schools pilot program this year and collaborated with local celebrities to create awareness. She dedicates at least 4 hours each day in volunteer work for QENDO while working full time.


Aiden Meldrum, 22 of North Isis dedicates his life to inspiring people with disabilities, like himself. Aiden has a brain tumour, which impacts the use of one of his hands. He is also walking-impaired and clinically blind. Despite these challenges, he actively volunteers 5 days a week in a soup kitchen, serving for and engaging with homeless people. He also helps bring sports to the disadvantaged in the community and contributed directly to the success of Reclink Street Games in Bundaberg. Aiden has a YouTube channel where he teaches kids how to play games with one hand. His incredible will, empowers the disabled community.


Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Award
Samara Welbourne, 18 of Minyama overcame her poor reading and writing skills to become one of Australia’s youngest social entrepreneurs. At 13, her children’s book “How to Build Fairy Houses” was first published. A year later, she established a small business called Enchanted Fairy Houses, the earnings of which were used to build a library in a remote village in Bali. The library currently provides services to 20 villages and is changing the lives of many girls and women. Recognising the importance of English skills to gain employment in Bali, Samara also taught English to young girls during her stay in the island.


Emily Smith, 18 of Millbank is passionate about the education and empowerment of marginalised social groups on sustainable development. She represented QLD and CQUniversity in Vietnam before the United Nations where she and her teammates developed several prototypes of a prospective drain and rubbish system. This environmentally sustainable project is concerned with responsible production and consumption, life on land and life below water. Emily is an academic achiever and was elected as student representative of the Bundaberg Chamber of Commerce. She was also actively involved in discussions surrounding the #loveBundy campaign which reaffirms the message that the community needs to support local businesses.


Madina Mohmood, 22 of Redland Bay is dedicated to promoting and raising awareness of cultural diversity and empowering young women. She helped establish the Afghan Student Association and the Muslimah Student Society at the University of Queensland. Madina was directly involved in creating the Queensland Afghan Community Association youth committee. As a result, many young Afghans and Muslim women gained confidence to contribute in public discussions. In 2017, Madina was chosen as university delegate to visit New York for the National Model United Nations. She secured a state leadership position as part of the QLD Vision Generation and was a keynote speaker at the International Women’s Day Breakfast.


Angel Dixon, 28 of Miami is a passionate activist for disability inclusion and human rights and is dedicated to challenging society’s perception of disability. She is the first agency signed model with a physical impairment to be featured in a national television campaign. Angel is the advocacy manager for Starting with Julius and the CEO of Attitude Foundation. Both organisations seek to accelerate the inclusion of people with disability through media and education. She is a member of the steering committee for NOW Australia, which deals with workplace sexual harassment issues. Angel is also a public speaker, a blogger and designs fashionable walking canes.


Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award
Emily Wells, 28 of Yandina Creek is a proud Kamilaroi woman. She is a fervent performer and producer, helping to design and facilitate programs which explore and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Her work with Digi Youth Arts allows her to empower young aboriginal people to connect with their culture and explore their identity. At Queensland University of Technology, she represented the Oodgeroo Unit at the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Conference in Canada and delivered a presentation showcasing the importance of indigenous role models in higher education. She was assistant producer of the Indigenous Engagement and Programming initiative, which was a Queensland Reconciliation Awards Finalist.


Zane Ratcliff, 18 of Everton Park is a mentor for young Indigenous students. He volunteers for not-for-profit organisations to teach traditional dance, help with homework and teach sporting skills and acting on stage. He has participated in swimming and rugby league. Zane was the first Indigenous School Captain at Burnett State College in 54 years. He performed as Indigenous dancer at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and taught traditional dance to students during NAIDOC Day Celebrations. In 2018, he was recognised as Young Citizen of the Year at the Gayndah Australia Day Awards. He will also be dancing at the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation celebration.


Mikayla-Haze Adams-Queary, 17 of Dunwich is dedicated to spreading awareness about cultural sensitivities. She is a proud Quandamooka woman from Minjerribah who showcases the rich culture through poetry, productions and plays, and comedy nights. She conducts traditional tours as an Indigenous Educator who takes part in Kunjiel, Jandai and traditional painting. She taught traditional Indigenous dance to local Primary and High Schools. Mikayla-Haze was among the top three Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year and was chosen as candidate for the National Schools Constitutional Convention. She was also a 2018 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation’s, Young Indigenous Leader awardee.


Lisa Rapley, 29 of Upper Mount Gravatt is from Gumbaynggirr country in Northern NSW and is committed to empowering Indigenous communities. She co-founded Yuludaria Karulbo, bringing together Indigenous and Non- Indigenous community members through the development and deliverance of cultural capability workshops for schools and workplaces delivered by local Indigenous youth and communities. They have reached over 1,200 young people and have enabled them to create pathways and connections for reconciliation. Lisa won the 2017 Young Social Pioneers Indigenous Focus Stream and received a $10,000 business grant. Lisa has a certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership and her aim for 2019 is to commence a law degree.


iFly Online Achievement Award
Tara Baker, 29 of Currumbin Waters is an inspiring LGBTQ+ advocate and influencer. Her website, Dancing With Her, celebrates LGBTQ+ women in love and has more than 200,000 followers on Instagram. This helps her engage with people who are often underrepresented. With little online experience, Tara learned to build and adapt a website, run social media and social media campaigns and work with influencers. She recently worked with Facebook on their Annual Gift Guide where Dancing With Her made an appearance, along with 29 other Australian businesses. Tara was awarded the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 award for her achievements in marketing and advertising online.


Nathaniel Anthony, 28 of Coorparoo is an online entrepreneur and fitness advocate. He founded three online businesses, all of which have earned more than a million dollars in revenue. Muscle Box is a subscription box service for fitness enthusiasts. FitAdvertising provides advertising services to large companies and has over 10 million followers. Muscle Nation Gym Apparel is an active wear company that ships worldwide and was a finalist at the Optus My Business awards. Nathaniel has been featured on Forbes and on the Shopify blog for his outstanding marketing. He has recently been invited to be a speaker at a Gold Coast Shopify event.


Dr Alayna Cole, 25 of Maroochydore is a champion for queer representation in the online games industry. She founded and is currently Managing Director of Queerly Represent Me. The charity is dedicated to research around representation of queer people and other marginalised communities in the videogame industry. Alayna is a game developer whose games make social comment about women, the queer community, mental health and self-care. She has a doctorate in Creative Arts (Creative Writing) and teaches budding game designers at the University of Sunshine Coast. Alayna was featured in the 2016 and 2017 MCV Pacific 30 under 30 and the 2017 Women in Games list.


Michelle Barnes, 24 of Carrara is dedicated to inspiring the youth to live a fulfilling and successful life through video blogging. Her YouTube channel has a community of more than 150,000 young women and is dedicated to helping people figure out how to live an intentional life. She also founded Channel Notes, a video blog that helps aspiring video content creators to create content that provides value to the world. Her videos have been viewed over 8 million times. She works fulltime for the City of Gold Coast, creating innovative and interactive online learning solutions for over 3,000 employees within the organisation.


BB Print Regional Achiever Award
Nicholas Thompson, 11 of Gracemere is committed to promoting sustainable fishing. He began by facilitating games to teach children to admire and learn to respect fish. His initiative, NickFish Vacation Care Experience, brought the joy of fishing to kids in Rockhampton who weren’t able to go fishing. Nick is the youngest recipient of the Viv McCristal Sports Fishing Journalism Scholarship and was commissioned to write Fishing the Fitzroy for Kids. After his interview with ABC Radio Capricornia, he was given a segment called Nick’s Fishing Adventures where he promotes the Central Queensland waterways. He also volunteered at the first Fishing for Therapy Program for the disabled.


Ethan Laval & Flynn Bushell, 14 of Slade Point advocate for community connection through facility improvement. They founded ProjectSk8Park in 2016 to help enhance the existing facilities in their suburb. They proactively petitioned and raised $4 million dollars to be used for constructing a multi-functional recreational park with two separate youth facilities. They also re-introduced regular learn-to-skateboard classes and workshops to develop skater’s skills. The ProjectSk8Park project helped introduce qualifying competitions for existing local skate board riders to participate in qualifications towards the 2018 State championships. Ethan and Flynn have provided a safe environment for participation, reconnection and networking between organisations and youth.


Imaan Ashraf, 17 of Mackay is a powerful speaker and ambassador of Islam. Imaan wants to create awareness that wearing a hijab should not hold her back from contributing to her community. She organised "Let's Talk About," a forum attended by prominent Muslim speakers which raised $2,800. Imaan was the emcee at the Mackay Mosque Open Day. She organised the medical chapter of the Mackay Homeless Expo where GPs provided free healthcare. Imaan was nominated for Outstanding Young Achiever at Queensland Government Multicultural Awards. She received the Australian Defence Force Youth Leadership Award, Rats of Tobruk Roll of Honour Award and CQU Change Maker Award.


Robert McLellan, 21 of Bundaberg East utilises performing arts to share Indigenous Arts and culture. He has produced shows that engage audiences in the Bundaberg region and gave local performers and students an opportunity to develop their skills. He is a proud Gooreng Gooreng and Taribelang man who has taken an active and lead role in reclaiming the Taribelang Language, the First Nation's language which was once made illegal. Robert also initiated the Yuwarr Dance Project, establishing the Yuwarr Dancers. He created their own Welcome song and dance for the Traditional Custodians to perform, and an Acknowledgment song and dance for everyone in the community.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Evie Marshall, 13 of Palmwoods successfully campaigned for Australians with cystic fibrosis, to have access to a life-extending medication called Orkambi. Costing $250,000 per patient per year, the medication was rejected by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. Evie became a key driver in gathering national support while managing her own CF. She talked to politicians and wrote letters to the Minister of Health and the manufacturers of Orkambi. After three years of campaigning, the medication was finally recommended and is now sold at $39 per patient per month. As a result, over 1,300 Australians with CF can now live up to 20 years longer.


Madison Birtchnell, 18 of Willow Vale advocates for equality, social justice, women empowerment and youth engagement. A volunteer since the age of 6, Madison devised an International Women's Week Conference with help from a Queensland State Government Grant. As guest speaker at the International Women's Day Early Riser's Breakfast, she used the platform to discuss the #pressforchange movement. She was awarded the 2018 Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year, shortlisted as 2019 Queensland Young Australian of the Year and was a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards. Madison will represent Australia in this year’s Class of Women Deliver Young Leaders Global Program in Canada.


Candice Jones, 25 of Toowong is passionate about developing leaders. Despite being born vision-impaired and battling anxiety, she has shown great leadership. She led groups at Pacific Lutheran College, was a GirlGuides patrol leader and a youth leader at CityEdge Church. As residential assistant at Cromwell College, she mentored young women transitioning into adulthood. Partnering with RedFrogs and UniImpact she promoted inclusive alcohol-free events. She has developed leaders in Cambodia and Thailand. She continues to mentor women at Christ Community Church. As a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland she engages future scientists through tutoring and Wonder of Science.


Kaitlin Barwick, 17 of Robina inspires others to 'be the best they can be.' She is the founder and president of Squad Eleven, a youth community group created to allow local youth to express their ideas as a way to help them grow and succeed. She regularly attends community meetings held by the local council. Kaitlin is a member of the Police Citizens Youth Club, Youth Leadership Team and represented them at the State Youth Leadership Summit. She also represented Australia in the ITU World Triathlon Championships and coaches and inspires young athletes. Kaitlin has received both the Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.


The University of Queensland Create Change Award
Nina Sackprasith, 27 of Ipswich founded Vivre Co., a social enterprise that aims to empower and educate young girls from impoverished communities. Vivre Co. is an eyelash beauty business where every service provided, helps fund her campaign. Nina is currently sponsoring 37 African girls and has provided an equivalent of over 2442 days’ worth of education. Nina partnered with Malawi's Bikema Academic Centre to resolve systematic issues around education, poverty and gender inequality. Nina advocated for multicultural youth and refugees and was selected as a youth representative for Queensland. She also began a charity project in Cambodia to help young orphans with disabilities.


Mathew Townsend, 27 of South Brisbane is providing opportunities for persons with disabilities. He founded Nature Freedom, a not-for-profit social enterprise that promotes inclusive and accessible employment and social opportunities with environmental and outdoor adventure organisations. With support from Landcare and local communities, he has provided paid employment for young people with disabilities. He participated in Foundation for Young Australians' Young Social Pioneers program and secured a $10,000 tax free grant for Nature Freedom. Mathew also won the Healthy Land & Water's 2018 Volunteer of the Year Award for his work in partnering with young people with disabilities at the Clean Up Australia Day event.


Tamara Richardson, 25 of Rockhampton is passionate about cultural education. She is the founder and director of Promoting Access to Cultural Education 48. PACE 48 is a global education organisation delivering cultural education to young people and their communities across 43 countries in Africa and Asia-Pacific to promote understanding and mutual respect. PACE 48 has partnered with UNESCO, Oxford University Press and several governments. It has offices in Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Pakistan, Cameroon and Australia and has reached over two million youth across the world. Tamara is an appointed associate of UNESCO, representing Australia in multilateral meetings such as G20, Commonwealth and the UN Summit.


Navdeep Pasricha, 22 of Carrara is seeking to improve child education in rural and regional Australia. He is the CEO of iYouth Global which offers iYouth on Demand, the Netflix for Teacher’s professional development. The online platform Teachflix, allows teachers even in remote areas to get the best training any time, any day. The content is provided by professional development providers and existing teachers. The organisation has trained almost 20,000 people in 10 countries. Navdeep sits on board Queensland's second largest school, serving in an advisory team for the Department of Education. He also has a Bachelor's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


Awards Australia Small Business Achiever Award


Sheridan Vigers, 28 of West End advocates for environmentally friendly makeup products. Her brand, ‘MakeUp Weapons’, offers 100% handcrafted makeup brushes made from synthetic hair and sustainable bamboo. The brand was accepted into PETA's Beauty without Bunnies program, which means the range is cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. The products also received the approval of Four Paws Australia. In 2018, Sheridan was named Best Independent Business Thinker of the Year and MakeUp Weapons was awarded Best Independent Beauty Brand. As a beauty expert, she attends Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane beauty expos as guest speaker. BuzzFeed also named Sheridan as among "The Coolest Make-Up Artists to Follow" on Instagram.


Daniel Proctor, 24 of Sippy Downs is a young and innovative entrepreneur. He studied aircraft engineering but was inspired to do something else after realising airlines weren't hiring. He founded three businesses, including Student Wow Deals, which connects students to more than 300 businesses that advertise and offer cheap deals. Deals include food, gym, entertainment venues, and travel tours. With 70,000 members, it's Queensland's biggest student discount platform and is soon to be launched nationwide along with a new App. In 2016, Daniel was recognised as the Sunshine Coast’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Student Wow Deals was a finalist in the 2017 Australia's Cool Company Awards.


ROCKIT Productions was created by Shaun, George and Danielle in 2011. ROCKIT Productions is a theatre production company and educational institution that offers Youth Musical Theatre training for children from Prep to Grade 12 and beyond. They have produced over 30 musicals, cabarets, concerts and undertake at least seven shows a year! In 2017, their Year 12 students received eleven offers from full-time musical training institutions in both Australia and New York. In 2018, they were included in the list of "100 Faces of Small Business" in Queensland. ROCKIT was also shortlisted for a Redland City Australia Day Award.


Joshua Apitz, 16 of Mudgeeraba is a passionate entrepreneur and an eager problem solver. As a surfer, he wanted to find an alternative to popular sunscreens which he found to be dangerously slippery, contain harsh chemicals and impact his surfing ability. This led him to develop Seagull Milk, a sunscreen that has a non-slip formulation, is reef-safe and made in Australia. To market Seagull Milk, he designed his own website, Indiegogo campaign and product tube. To date, he has pre-sold over $10,000 worth of products. Joshua has also been invited to speak at The Youth in Business and to participate at Australian Vegan Day 2019.




2018 Finalists

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Chris Tamwoy, 21 of Daisy Hill is a self-taught guitar player, famous for his guitar-tap style. He made it into the top five for Australia’s Got Talent in 2016. He has toured internationally, supported artists such as Dan Sultan, and performed at many festivals. Releasing his first EP in 2015, he has since performed at the Australian of the Year Awards. Chris gives back to the community by appearing at local schools and community events.

Claudia Moodoonuthi, 22 of Lota is a painter renowned for her bold imagery and vibrant colours. She won the Gold Coast Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Art Award at the age of 17. Claudia held her first solo exhibition at Wooloongabba Art Gallery and has since sold out another at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne. She held an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria last year, featuring at the Ian Potter Centre.

Madeline Stuart, 21 of Mount Crosby is the world’s most famous super model with Down Syndrome. She went viral after posting before and after photos, from her efforts to lose twenty kilograms and break into the fashion industry. With seven million views, the photo and Madeline hit international headlines. She has featured in Vogue, Woman’s Day and the New York Times among many others. She has appeared at Fashion weeks in New York, Paris, China and Birmingham.

Talia Fidra, 16 of Middle Park began the Dance Ballet Syllabus at the age of five, completing every level at distinction level since. She performed Swan Lake with the Queensland Ballet in 2017. She won silver at the Genée International Ballet Competition the year before. Talia has played Dorothy in the Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s production of Wizard of Oz. She recently appeared as a guest artist at the Queensland POPS New Year’s Eve Gala concert.


The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Alastair Blenkin, 26 of Wilston quit his job as a lawyer to begin his start-up technology company HyraIQ'. HyraIQ' uses software that automates high-volume, high-value contract negotiation for institutional landlords and their lawyers, using artificial intelligence algorithms. The contracting process is accelerated, improving outcomes, reducing costs whilst mitigating risk. Alastair has won many innovation and start-up awards. HyraIQ' is finalising discussions with several major Australian law firms and institutional landlords for its 2018 platform launch.

Charles Rolls, 26 of Mooloolaba created a mental health program for high schools called Y2K. Over 30,000 students are informed about the dangers of illegal substances and encouraged to make healthy choices. They learn how the brain works, then examine 3D brain scans of drug users, to learn about the neurological damage that drugs have on the brain. Charles is an ambassador for Oxfam Australia and was accepted into the Young Social Pioneers program.

Kathryn Lyons, 25 of Loganholme is an award-winning innovator, mentor and advocate for everyone’s Right to Toilet with Dignity. Through her experiences of poor access design of disabled toilets, Kathryn created Accessibili-t. Accessibili-t works with governments and corporations to achieve real access, sanitation and hygiene for the disabled, complex medical conditions and frail aged when toileting. Kathryn delivers motivational talks and workshops and challenged leaders to act when speaking at the World Toilet Summit 2017.

Tasman Bain, 24 of Toowong co-founded ‘Meri Toksave’ a charity for gender-justice and human rights in the Pacific region. Tasman created and distributed over 5,000 directory of services, for survivors of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea. He is the Chair of the Australian Red Cross Queensland Youth Advisory Committee. Tasman mentors school students in debating, is a Fellow of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.


BB Print Regional Achiever Award

Jye Leet, 19 of Kepnock has won Gold Cultural awards five years in a row. He has led an Acknowledge to Country dance. Jye advocates against domestic violence and has spoken about the importance of women’s health and safety. He received an award for his indigenous design for the school’s rugby jersey. Jye has visited many schools teaching about indigenous history and culture. He was his school’s indigenous leader three years in a row.

Prudence Melom, 22 of Kearneys Spring fights racism through storytelling with her co-founded project, E-raced. She draws from her time escaping war with her family. E-raced teaches young people the importance of cultural acceptance in Australia. Triple J recognised her in their 2015, 25 under 25 list. She has recruited many refugees and migrants to provide rural school workshops. In 2015 these workshops won a national Human Rights award. Prudence manages the project whilst studying law.

Keely Johnson, 19 of Ayr raised $700,000 for childhood cancer through her charity, The Golden Octopus Foundation. Keely has been a voice for childhood cancer whilst undergoing her own journey. A young girl recently asked to meet Keely through Make a Wish. Keely paid for the flight to Perth to sing for Kyra without her using her Wish. Keely was invited to join the Australian Adolescent Health Organisation’s board after presenting at their 2017 Conference.

Maxine Ottowa, 24 of Rural View founded the design studio, ‘Spaces for Maxine’ during her Bachelor of Design and Certificate III in community service studies. Maxine also works part time as a personal carer for spinal injury patients. She relaunched her design business upon moving from Sydney to Mackay. Maxine was diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia as a child, and works ten hours a month for the ADHD support group she founded in Mackay.


Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award

Claudia Moodoonuthi, 22 of Lota is a painter renowned for her bold imagery and vibrant colours and she honours her heritage and culture through her art. Claudia received a scholarship to attend Clayfield College and has now completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art. Claudia has won many art prizes and held several exhibitions. She was commissioned to have her painting projected onto the William Jolly Bridge, as part of the 2017 Brisbane Festival.

James Mundy Moreland, 27 of Rockhampton established the ‘Deadly Families Festival’, challenging stereotypes by sharing culture, traditional food, entertainment and indigenous workshops. He organised the ‘Dharumbal Dash’, providing students with an appreciation of culture, healthy eating and education. He secured $24,000 to mentor 29 children of the State throughout a ten-week program. James receives annual funding from the government to deliver Cultural Connection Programs. He coordinated the Warba Wangarunya Rugby League Carnival, attracting 4000 attendees.

Sharee Yamashita, 26 of Nanum was 2017’s National NAIDOC Apprentice of the Year. After completing a four-year Electrical Apprenticeship, Rio Tinto Weipa offered Sharee full-time work. In her final year, she received the Electrical Apprentice of the Year Encouragement Award. She volunteers at a local school, talking to students about her journey to inspire young people about their studies and careers. She raises money for the Cancer Council through community events such as the Relay for Life.

Joshua Loyd, 27 of New Farm is a GradConnection Top 100 Future Leader. Last year he won a Queensland University of Technology Student Leader of the Year award. He has supported students as a Peer Career Ambassador for those at risk of disengaging from their studies. Joshua tutors undergraduate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and is an Indigenous Student Ambassador. He is an Advisory Board Member for Employability and e-Learning and a CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship alumnus.


iFly Online Achievement Award

Michael Kelly, 23 of Palm beach started his first company at 18. He has since filmed 350 videos for many high profile clients. He has employed ten contractors and is currently building a team as Head of Cinematography for a new videography company. Michael won a Gold Award at the 2017 Australian Video Producer Awards. His YouTube videos have twelve million views and he has collaborated with YouTube personalities, celebrities and over twenty brands.

Samantha Davies, 26 of Southport ‘Unforgettable Proposals’ where packages are tailored to suit individual requests, to provide the type of marriage proposal they dream of! To date, over 500 successful marriage proposals have been created. Using her skills as a marketing consultant, Samantha uses her online space to build a unique brand in a niche market. Samantha wishes to augment her service by providing customers with a virtual reality example of how their experiences will look.

Michelle Barnes, 23 of Carrara founded a YouTube channel that focuses on living intentionally. With almost 200,000 subscribers, her videos have been viewed over 8 million times. Michelle has created a thirty-day challenge for her community and a self-development book club of 3,000 members. She also maintains another channel with 45,000 subscribers. Michelle works full time for the City of Gold Coast where she creates interactive learning solutions for the over 3,000 employees.

Thomas Newby, 24 of Greenslopes is the co-founder of DingoPM, an issue tracking application. DingoPM solved a problem that Thomas had noticed, that clients and project managers lacked the ability to track issues. He taught himself programming at the age of 12 and began his career as a web developer at a digital agency. He works as a Technical Product Manager for the start-up, RedEye. He has launched other projects such as PiggyBike and RedEyeWFM.


LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award

Emily Ireland, 17 of Robina hiked the Kokoda Track with double the recommended pack weight, to take gifts to locals. She encouraged team mates to bring an additional 300kg of gifts in total. She received a Gold Community Service Award for 1,000 hours of community service in a year. Emily travelled overseas for the Premier’s ANZAC Prize program and for her self-funded volunteer trips. She received the Gold Coast Women in Business Rising Star Award.

Jasraaj Singh, 19 of Diddillibah volunteered in Kenya. He worked in orphanages and taught communities methods to mitigate commonly fatal but easily preventable disease. She regularly volunteers with Rotary, Wishlist and the children’s ward of Nambour Hospital. In 2014 Jasraaj was elected as the Queensland Youth Parliament Member for Nicklin. She made the most of this by consulting local youths and her local parliament member. She is also a UN Youth Ambassador.

Mykeala Campanini, 21 of Indooroopilly founded the animal rescue charity ‘Happy Tails’ to re-house pets that would otherwise be impounded and euthanised. Mykeala manages 170 volunteers and has saved 200 animals in her first six months of operation. She volunteers several hours each day managing and fundraising to save animals from rural pounds. Mykeala has secured government funding to deliver Queensland's first purpose-built facility to provide safety for pets when families flee domestic violence.

Madison Birtchnell, 17 of Willow Vale has been volunteering for eleven years. She raised $1,000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia by organising an International Women’s Week Conference for 150 people. She sourced thousands of dollars to organise a youth mental health day for 500 students at her school. Each student received a show bag worth $50, and the event raised $1,200 for Headspace and Beyond Blue. She volunteers at Ormiston House and supports many social justice initiatives.


WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Nicole Manns - The Empire Post, 28 of Fortitude Valley provides post production services to high profile clients including Ebay and MTV. The Empire now employs twenty staff and at any given time provides three internships. Nicole studied a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media, teaching herself the skills required for business. The Empire donates $100 from every project to various charities, totalling $5,400 so far. They have donated $70,000 worth of production to The Cerebral Palsy League.

Daniel Proctor - Student Wow Deals, 23 of Sippy Downs saves the money of 60,000 students and provides local businesses with direct access to young customers. The Student Wow Card is available to any student and provides weekly offers. Daniel has eight employees and has worked with 300 clients, including Grill’d, and Subway. These clients praise the businesses multi-platform advertising and the business it attracts. Daniel was named the 2016 Sunshine Coast Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Jordan Mcgregor - Bare and Boho, 26 of Riverview operates a modern cloth nappy business. Founded with money from paper-deliveries, the business generated $75,000 revenue in its first seven months. Jordan designed the nappies using organic hemp and bamboo inserts, saving parents thousands of dollars and reducing the environmental impact of disposables. Jordan was named PETA's 2017 Vegan Next Door. Jordan exhibits alongside leading brands at baby and natural health shows. International investors have requested partnerships with Bare and Boho.

Nick and Anita Blanch - NB Inspirations Department Store & Jacaranda Tearooms, 28 of Proston provide their community with a wide-range of products. The business won regional council awards and supports local groups including the Car Rally Club and Lions. Visitors to Proston reduced when its bakery closed, so Nick and Anita opened Jacaranda Team Rooms, increasing traffic and local business. NB Inspirations works with large companies such as Pacific Brands and RipCurl. The business recently gained government funding to employ and train a school-leaver.


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Gabrielle Hunt, 23 of Nudgee Beach has represented Queensland in many sports but captained the Queensland Indoor Hockey Team. Gabrielle was born severely deaf and uses sport to connect with her community. She achieved Second Class Honours in her Bachelor of Medical Engineering. She has spoken at Mater Hospital events and volunteered for years at Meals on Wheels. Gabrielle recently raised $24,000 for a men’s health charity. She tutors across many subjects and coached hockey.

Ruby Sethi, 21 of Biggera Waters founded the Griffith University A Cappella Choir. The once small group of amateur singers has since won the Australian National Championships and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Ruby captains 20 choir members, manages training, music arrangement and funding. The choir volunteers at many charity events. Her grades place her in the top 5% at Griffith. Ruby represented Australia in Bangkok at the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Competition.

Keely Johnson, 19 of Ayr has raised $700,000 for childhood cancer through her charity, The Golden Octopus Foundation. Undergoing her own journey she wants to raise awareness and funding for childhood cancer. The Foundation aims to upgrade Paediatric Oncology facilities and implement childhood cancer nurses in regional areas. Keely has received many awards for her work. She aims to make the country recognise gold like we do pink and gain increased funding.

Tasman Bain, 24 of Toowong co-founded Meri Toksave, a Women’s rights NGO. Tasman created the first directory of services for survivors of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea, distributing 11,000 copies. UN Women, Oxfam and the Australian Government praised the publication. He reached 25,000 people with the “They Say We Say” campaign, raising awareness about domestic violence in PNG. Tasman is Chair of the Queensland Youth Advisory Committee of the Australian Red Cross.


2017 Finalists

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award
• James Mundy Moreland, 26 of Rockhampton 
• Chern’ee Sutton, 20 of Calavos 
• Benjamin Morriss, 24 of Strathpine  

iFly Online Achievement Award
• Luke Maguire, 27 of Broadbeach Waters 
• Jennifer Stockwell, 24 of Mermaid Beach 
• Aleksandar Svetski, 29 of Fortitude Valley 
• Kim Allom, 26 of Ashgrove  

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Edda Hamar, 27 of New Farm 
• Kate Glover, 28 of Mount Isa 
• Samantha Mansfield, 25 of Merrimac  

LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award
• Claire Kelly, 18 of Mackay
• Keely Johnson, 18 of Ayr 
• Tani Stubbs, 20 of Mudgeeraba  

Access Community Services – Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) Cultural Diversity Award
• Prudence Melom, 21 of Kearneys Spring 
• Tamara Richardson, 23 of Herston
• James Mundy Moreland, 26 of Rockhampton 
• Tulsa Gautam, 23 of Cairns  

BB Print Leadership Award
• Madison Dyer, 18 of Alton Downs
• Jade Demnar, 26 of Toowong 
• Zoie Carroll, 28 of Sunshine Beach  

The University of Queensland Create Change Award
• Jarred Turner, 21 of Toowong 
• Nicole Gibson, 23 of Surfers Paradise 
• William Smith-Stubbs, 29 of Paddington 


2016 Finalists

The University of Queensland Create Change Award
• Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, 21 of Herston 
• Sean Roche, 27 of McDowall
• Chris Raine, 29 of Surrey Hills 
• Nicole Gibson, 22 of Miami 

Access Community Services – Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) Cultural Diversity Award
• Exodus Lale, 10 of Stretton 
• Terry-Ann Eason, 16 of Eagleby 
• Jye Leet,17 of Kepnock 

Wade Sawmill Environment & Sustainability Award
• Emma Dale, 21 of Chapel Hill 
• Patrick Brabant, 12 of Elanora 
• Max Burns, 27 of North Ward 

iFly Online Achievement Award
• Nicolas Jenkins, 23 of Indooroopilly
• Matthew Kelly, 28 of Brisbane 
• Sarah Timmerman, 29 of West End 
• Holly Tattersall, 29 of Anstead 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award
• Justice King, 17 of Mount Isa 
• Jyi Lawton, 25 of Newtown 
• Chern'ee Sutton, 19 of Calavos 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
• Annabel Pike, 24 of South Brisbane 
• Christopher Jansen, 29 of Camp Hill 
• Chris Raine, 29 of Surrey Hills 
• Travis Farinelli, 18 of Mourilyan 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Exodus Lale, 10 of Stretton 
• Allycia Staples, 20 of Flaxton 
• Jimmy Patch, 29 of Stafford 
• Connor O'Grady, 15 of Bridgeman Downs 

BB Print Leadership Award
• Emma McIntosh, 27 of The Gap 
• Chris Eigeland, 25 of Birkdale 
• Nicole Gibson, 22 of Miami 
• Rowan Anderson, 25 of Theodore