Nominations for the 2016 Queensland Regional Achievement and Community Awards will open on the 24th of May 2016 with launches being held throughout the state. The Awards are to acknowledge the hard work of local businesses, community groups and individuals who might otherwise go unrecognised.

The last time the Darling Downs region was represented was in 2014 when it took away three of the six awards with FKG Tour of Toowoomba winning the Buzz Prints Event and Tourism Award, local song writer and film maker Josh Arnold of Toowoomba winning the Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award and the Miles District Hospital Auxillary Inc. winning the Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award. Arnold is particularly notable for his work on the Small Town Culture program which seeks to help school students write, record and perform songs about their lives in the bush.

The awards for 2016 include the Access Community Services Cultural Diversity Award, ATEC Rail Group (ARG) Leadership and Innovation Award, Australia Pacific LNG Regional Service Award, Gladstone Printing Services Trade and Career Achievement Award,
MOA Benchmarking Community Service in Aged Care Award, Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award and Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award.

The Awards which focus on rural and regional areas in particular will conclude with the announcement of the category winners at a gala dinner to be held in Brisbane on the 21st of October for all finalists.

Words by Laura Stephens
Image supplied by Awards Australia