The Queensland Government and rugby league champion Johnathan Thurston are calling for dedicated individuals, businesses and organisations across the state striving for effective change and reconciliation to nominate for the 2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards.

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards is a prestigious program open to businesses, community organisations, educational institutions, government departments, agencies and local councils in Queensland that are supporting Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous individuals and advancing reconciliation.

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards have been celebrating reconciliation for 16 years, providing a platform to formally appreciate individuals and groups who are building a brighter and more inclusive future for all Queenslanders.

The 2018 Queensland Reconciliation Awards Ambassador Johnathan Thurston, who has returned for his sixth year as Ambassador, said he is encouraging people to nominate those who are actively promoting reconciliation in every region of Queensland.

“I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to develop respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, to support reconciliation and create a community where all cultures are valued, respected and affirmed across all areas of society,” Mr Thurston said.

The awards program offers a total prize pool of $25,000 across five categories including business, community, education, partnership and an overall Premier’s Reconciliation Award.

In 2017, the Queensland Reconciliation Awards celebrated a variety of initiatives, including programs that increased training and employment opportunities for Indigenous employees; social benefit programs for young people that aimed to improve behaviour and increase school attendance with the help of role models; and grassroots reconciliation through sport for young Indigenous women.

Nominations for the 2018 awards close 5pm, Monday 26 February. For more information about the Queensland Reconciliation Awards or to submit an online nomination visit www.qld.gov.au/reconciliation.

The Queensland Reconciliation Awards is an initiative of the Queensland Government through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships. The awards are proudly supported by BHP, Australia Post, Koori Mail and ABC Radio Brisbane and Queensland.

Source: Queensland Reconciliation Awards