Queensland Regional Achievement & Community Awards

2016 Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards Finalists

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award:
• Blackall Range Care Group Inc
• Kaloma Home for the Aged, GOONDIWINDI
• Killarney Memorial Aged Care
• NoosaCare Inc

ATEC Rail Group (ARG) Innovation and Leadership Award:
• integratedliving Australia, ROCKHAMPTON
• Kristy Sparrow, ALPHA
• Startup and Innovation Tablelands, ATHERTON

MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award:
• Rebecca Heitzman, GOONDIWINDI
• Sandra Gilbert, DOONAN
• Skye Brisotto, YANGAN

Gladstone Printing Services Trade and Career Achievement Award:
• Bronwyn Reid, EMERALD
• Farmer and Sun, GYMPIE
• Hive Haven, BEERBURRUM
• Kate Johnson, CHINCHILLA

Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award:
• Aussie Helpers, CHARLEVILLE
• PCYC Dalby Braking the Cycle
• Quota International of Toowoomba Inc
• The Umbrella Network, ROCKHAMPTON

Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award:
• Cairns and Region Multicultural Association Inc
• Cairns Bhutanese Community Inc
• Capricorn Coast Multicultural Group, YEPPOON
• Zita Stark, CHINCHILLA

University of Southern Queensland Educational Innovation Award:
• Bowen Basin Business Development Initiative
• Emerging Entrepreneurs, CAIRNS
• The Increasing Activity & Intelligent Minds Team, DALBY

Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award:
• Drought Angels, CHINCHILLA
• Raelene Ensby, ROCKHAMPTON
• Robbie Radel, BIGGENDEN
• Sailability Sunshine Coast Queensland


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