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Nominate a Local Legend in the Queensland Great Awards

Mayor Joyce McCulloch is urging all residents to nominate a deserving individual in this year’s Queensland Great Awards, which are now in their 19th year.


“The Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of individuals and institutions that have carried out invaluable work for the history and development of Queensland,” Cr McCulloch said.


“I know that many people in our community would definitely tick all of the boxes for the criteria of these awards.


“Awards can also be given posthumously, so even someone who’s no longer with us may be eligible for an award.


“I highly encourage residents to visit the Queensland Great Awards website and fill out a nomination form.”


Previous local award recipients have included award-winning Mount Isa-born actress Deborah Mailman, former Mount Isa real estate agent and pioneering bush woman Pat Fennell, and former Winton Shire Mayor the late Graham “Butch” Lenton.


“It would be brilliant if one of our own is again recognised in these highly prestigious awards and immortalised in a commemorative plaque that’s displayed proudly in the Roma Street Parkland in Brisbane,” Cr McCulloch said.


The categories are:


  • Individual – for individuals who have shown a lifetime of dedication and contribution to the development of Queensland;
  • Institution – for private or public companies or organisations operating in Queensland, of any size or industry, that have contributed to Queensland for a considerable period. This includes multi-national subsidiaries, partnerships, franchises, non-government associations, community organisations, registered charities, government agencies and bodies; and
  • Posthumous – to honour deceased individuals who demonstrated a lifetime of dedication and contribution to the development of Queensland.


Other well-known recipients have included Indigenous lands rights activist the late Eddie Mabo, cricketing great Allan Border, iconic bush gear and clothing manufacturer the late Reginald Murray (RM) Williams, former Governor-General and Queensland Governor Quentin Bryce, rugby league legends Wally Lewis and Mal Meninga, and environmentalist and TV celebrity the late Steve Irwin.


For more information, or to nominate, go to


Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, February 22.