2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards

Congratulations to the finalists and winners announced at the 2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards on Thursday 19 September. 

The awards recognised projects that have helped Queensland communities better prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. The 2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards were highly competitive with a record 34 entries across six categories. 

It was great to see all of the innovative projects from across Queensland, working to build this state’s resilience to natural disasters.

The full list of winners and highly commended projects is:

People’s Choice Photography Award

  • Winner: Sarah Ebsworth, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (‘Grit and courage’)

Community Award

  • Winner: YFS/Substation33 (Flooded roads smart warning system)
  • Highly commended: Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (2018 Minjerribah bushfires)

School Award 

  • Winner: Swayneville State School (Connecting the Divide mural)
  • Highly commended: Kirwan State High School (LIVIN Strong Program)

Business Award 

  • Winner: Energy Queensland (Building Resilient Queensland Communities project)

Local Government Award 

  • Joint Winner: Redland City Council (Community Champions) 
  • Joint Winner: Sunshine Coast Regional Council (Get Ready Schools Program) 
  • Highly commended: Townsville City Council (Townsville Aged Care Partnership Group) 
  • Highly commended: Southern Downs Regional Council (Resilience sub plan) 
  • Highly commended: Cairns Regional Council and Animal Care for Seniors at Home (But what about Fluffy? project)

Government Award

  • Joint Winner: Department of Housing and Public Works (Household Resilience Program) 
  • Joint Winner: Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council, Somerset Regional Council, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland Government, Seqwater (Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan) 
  • Highly commended: Department of Transport and Main Roads (Beames Brook Bridge replacement) 
  • Highly commended: Queensland Health (Building Resilience in Transcultural Australians Futures Program)
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All Queensland winners will now be reviewed by the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience for consideration in the National Resilient Australia Award ceremony on 31 October 2019. 

For more information on the projects please see the Minister’s media release.