Australia Day Awards

Each year, Redland City Council recognises outstanding 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 on Redlands Coast.

On 22 January 2019, we named the recipients of the Redlands Coast Australia Day Awards 2019. Congratulations to the shortlisted award finalists and all award recipients.


Citizen of the Year

Maryann Talia Pau

Maryann Talia Pau started the One Million Stars to End Violence Campaign, which encouraged people to help weave one million stars to pledge an end to violence in our society. She partnered with the Queensland Government from 2016, to create an installation of these stars in the Museum of Brisbane in the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018, with other installations showcased across the State.

This project supported the Games’ vision of “building peaceful and sustainable communities globally [and] providing opportunities for communities to participate in the Games”. 

Whilst many considered her pledge to weave one million stars a pipe dream, she significantly surpassed her initial goal and 2.4 million stars were woven by the completion of the project.

Young Citizen of the Year

Madina Mohmood

Madina Mohmood supports and promotes cultural diversity within the community. She helped found the Afghan Student Association, organises cultural and sporting events and runs workshops teaching public speaking skills to students. She also helped establish UQ Muslimah Student Society and was successful in securing a State leadership position in the Qld Vision Generation (World Vision Australia’s Youth movement).

Senior Citizen of the Year

Rita Morris

Rita Morris was the driving force behind the establishment of Myhorizon Inc. (formerly H.A.R.D). Since its inception in 1981, Myhorizon has grown to become one of Queensland’s leading not-for-profit disability services organisations, empowering more than 2000 people to reach their potential each year.

Local Hero Award

Noel Walker

Lamb Island Rural Fire Brigade first officer Noel Walker grew the brigade to 30 volunteers and was instrumental in taking the brigade into the folds of the Queensland Ambulance Service support system, providing support to paramedics travelling to the island. Noel is also involved in many other community projects including the implementation of disaster management protocols within the Lamb Island community.

Community Organisation Award

Running Wild - Youth Conservation Culture Inc.

Running Wild – Youth Conservation Culture Incorporated contributes to island-based community programs and offers traineeships to local, disadvantaged youth. The organisation was awarded best in the State for training initiatives in the Qld Training Awards for its work in helping to engage young people on the Redlands Coast Southern Islands.
Running Wild has established positive working relationships with many local groups and organisations and continues to work alongside the community, for the community.

Cultural Award

ROCKIT Productions

 Local production company and educational institution ROCKIT Productions fosters aspiring, young, emerging performers living and studying on Redlands Coast. Students receive musical theatre training and are provided with performance opportunities.

Environment and Sustainability Award

Amy Glade

A tireless volunteer for many community groups and advocate for the welfare of the local community and the protection of the local environment, Amy Glade recognises the importance of sustaining a healthy environment on Redlands Coast.

Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance     

Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance (RAWA) is a voluntary program operating a 24/7 response to calls about sick, injured or orphaned wildlife across Redlands Coast. Redlands After-hours Wildlife Ambulance, supported by Redland City Council, recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary.

Sports Award

Adam Pryde

Adam Pryde excels in touch football, with multiple, high-level representative positions to his credit. He also captained Redlands Crushers in the Brisbane Metro Championships. As a local high school teacher he runs a school Touch Football Academy, and assists with junior development programs.

Cleveland Air Magic - Gold Fire Team    

The Cleveland Air Magic – Gold Fire Team has achieved international championship status multiple times. The members of this team are all highly decorated, each holding top three individual and overall team world titles. Excellent work Gold Fire Team.

Reconciliation Award

Joshua Walker

Joshua contributes greatly to the Aboriginal culture of Redlands Coast by sharing his cultural knowledge through talks, song and dance. Joshua has also contributed to restoring Jandai – the language of Quandamooka Country – through such cultural pursuits.

More information

View photos from the awards ceremony on the Redland City Council Flickr page

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For details of previous years' awards visit recipients of Australia Day Awards.