Now in its 12th year, the 2015 Queensland Reconciliation Awards is open for nominations. The program recognises businesses, community organisations, educational institutions and initiatives that are advancing reconciliation in Queensland.
Such initiatives could be building cross-cultural understanding through employment or training initiatives, education partnerships or engaging with the local community.
Awards ambassador Johnathan Thurston, captain of the North Queensland Cowboys, said we can all play a part to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“It is through the work and dedication of many organisations across Queensland that we will see the lasting impacts of reconciliation for years to come,” Mr Thurston said.
“When we recognise those who are supporting reconciliation we are able to create a positive environment and an open dialogue about the importance and power of this issue.
“Nominations are now open for these awards. I encourage you to nominate an organisation you know is doing great work that you think should be celebrated.”
The Queensland Reconciliation Awards offers a total prize pool of $25,000 across the categories of business, education, community and partnership.
Last year’s recipients include Island & Cape (Business), Kirwan State High School (Education), South Cape York Catchments (Community), Mungalla Aboriginal Business Corporation and CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences (Partnership). Yugambeh Museum and Dreamworld received the overall
Premier’s Reconciliation Award.
Visit the website for more information and to download a nomination form.
Nominations close Friday 6 March 2015.
Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Brisbane during National Reconciliation Week 2015.