Each year, Redland City Council recognises outstanding Redlands Coast residents and community organisations through our annual Australia Day Awards.
We acknowledge high-achieving members in our community who have made outstanding contributions and have given freely of their time, knowledge and enthusiasm to promote the welfare and wellbeing across the Redlands Coast community.
On 26 January, we named the recipients of the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2022.
- Citizen of the Year – Dr Lyn Bishop OAM
- Young Citizen of the Year – Isabelle Treasure and Xavier Mitchell (joint winners)
- Senior Citizen of the Year – Beryl Sutcliffe
- Community Organisation Award – The Cage Youth Foundation
- Local Hero Award – Harry Taske
- Cultural Award – Cleveland Film Company
- Environment and Sustainability Award – Pelican and Seabird Rescue
- Sports Award – Tim Low
- Reconciliation Award – Matthew Burns and Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council (joint winners)
Congratulations to the 31 shortlisted finalists and winners for each category
Citizen of the Year
- Winner: Dr Lyn Bishop OAM
- Finalist: Ted Seymour
- Finalist: Suzie Tafolo
Senior Citizen of the Year
- Winner: Beryl Sutcliffe
- Finalist: Linda Grieve
- Finalist: Judith Trevan-Hawke
- Finalist: Peter Turner
- Finalist: Garry White
Young Citizen of the Year
- Winner: Xavier Mitchell
- Winner: Isabelle Treasure
Community Organisation Award
- Winner: The Cage Youth Foundation
- Finalist: Love and Hope Redlands Inc
- Finalist: Night Ninjas
- Finalist: Redlands Coast Chamber of Commerce
Local Hero Award
- Winner: Harry Taske
- Finalist: Glynis Enright
- Finalist: Adriana Kuhn
- Finalist: Shirley Lindsay
- Finalist: Dennis Vincent O’Connell
- Winner: Cleveland Film Company
- Finalist: Dr Graeme Denniss
- Finalist: Gloria Dietz-Kiebron
- Finalist: Mirusia Louwerse
Environment and Sustainability Award
- Winner: Pelican Seabird Rescue
- Finalist: Terry Sullavan
- Winner: Tim Low
- Finalist: Jaycob Kingston-Francis
- Finalist: Karleigh Little
- Finalist: Taleigha Kingston Francis
- Winner: Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council
- Winner: Matthew Burns
Please see below further information on the winners of the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2022
Dr Lyn Bishop OAM, Citizen of the Year
Dr Bishop spent 25 years with Education Queensland before opening her own private school, Sheldon College, in 1997 with 110 students and 6 staff – it now has 1,450 students and 300 staff. She is a qualified psychologist and Justice of the Peace, and regularly participates in community, charity and cultural events. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2018 for service to education in Queensland.
Beryl Sutcliffe, Senior Citizen of the Year
Beryl has a long-term commitment to community service and volunteering. She has provided fundraising and volunteering support for CWA, Rotary, Probus, U3A Redlands District and Historic Ormiston House. She has been acknowledged as an Inspiring Senior by Redland City Council in 2019, with a Paul Harris Fellow (twice) and received Capalaba Rotary Club’s Bev Allsop Award for Volunteer Community Service.
Xavier Mitchell, Young Citizen of the Year
As school captain at Victoria Point State School, Xavier made it his mission to bring the community together and created Kids Crew to involve friends and their families in supporting others. He has organized raffles, a car boot sale and car washes to raise funds for local charities, his school, local sporting club and Love and Hope Redlands. He has also organised food drives for local charities and food platters for teachers.
Isabelle Treasure, Young Citizen of the Year
As a student at Sheldon College, Isabelle implemented a recycling program that raises funds to run educational community events, established a Student Community Council that allows students to have a voice, has run a week-long RUOK? Day series of events, and established a Buddy Up program for junior and senior students. In 2021 she was elected to the Queensland Youth Parliament, and wrote a policy proposal on mental health in Queensland schools. She volunteers for Humpbacks and High-Rises, Rosies and Cocker Spaniel Rescue Queensland.
Harry Taske, Local Hero Award
Every year since he was seven, Harry and his brothers choose two charity groups and organize donation drives to help those in need – blankets and Christmas presents for the homeless, backpacks for children fleeing domestic violence, books for children in Papua New Guinea. He also does random acts of kindness, has signed up to volunteer at a hospice for women and children who have fled domestic violence, collected kitchen items for a respite centre, and volunteers at a touch and Oztag club and at various school carnivals.
The Cage Youth Foundation, Community Organisation Award
The Cage Youth Foundation is a self-funded charity which has been providing community support services across Redlands Coast for 20 years. These services include counselling, youth engagement and mentoring programs, crisis intervention, school programs and family support. The Cage also offers yard maintenance services for the elderly and other community members through its social enterprise.
Matthew Burns, Reconciliation Award
Matthew has a keen interest in teaching and inspiring youth about the Quandamooka culture for more than 20 years. Matthew has used storytelling and artefact displays to share his culture with thousands of people including Redland City Council employees, school students across south-east Queensland, and domestic and international visitors. Matt also works with organisations and groups throughout Redlands Coast.
Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council, Reconciliation Award
The Minjerribah Moorgumpin Elders-in-Council (MMEIC) work to ensure the important cultural messages of their ancestors are shared and celebrated. They perform a very important role as teachers of cultural practices, stories and history, instilling a sense of pride and respect in their culture and building lasting relationships that contribute to the values of reconciliation. The MMEIC are also leaders in community and social programs, supporting those impacted by domestic and family violence and driving change within the youth justice sector.
Cleveland Film Company, Cultural Award
Cleveland Film Company films on Redlands Coast and south-east Queensland, and has won recognition at national and international film festivals for its short film 5 Moons of Pluto. The company involves local students and crew in its productions, offering mentoring opportunities and providing a platform for young people to express their creativity. They also collaborate with local musicians for film soundtrack and sound design.
Tim Low, Sports Award
Tim is head coach at Bayside Tennis Coaching located at Redland Bay Tennis Club. He runs programs for adults and juniors at the club and within Redlands Coast schools, including an introduction to tennis program at Redlands Special School. He has also organised a Tennis School Gala Day at three local schools. He volunteers his time to run a Monday morning coaching program with Rally 4 Ever, which welcomes those struggling with mental health. At club level, he has focused on female participation and keeping females in the sport for longer. Tim was one of three finalists in the 2021 Australian Tennis award for Coaching Excellence.
Pelican and Seabird Rescue, Environment and Sustainability Award
Pelican and Seabird Rescue was established in 2003 and, in 2007, was granted a Queensland Government permit for the rescue and rehabilitation of pelicans and seabirds. The group’s volunteers are on call 24/7. They save birds and wildlife on Redlands Coast and across Brisbane, work with the RSPCA and help educate the public to make people aware of how to help our seabirds and wildlife.