As the countdown for the 20th Queensland Greats Awards begins, Queenslanders are urged to nominate the many marvellous women who have played their part in shaping and developing the state.
Minister for Women Di Farmer called on Queenslanders to nominate women who have shown a lifetime of dedication and contribution to the development of Queensland.
“There are so many women right across the state who have made and continue to make a difference to the lives of many Queenslanders,” she said.
“This state is home to incredible women who are musicians and artists, scientists, and sportswomen, and many more fields of expertise. Women from our cities and our regions, corporate and community leaders, and quiet achievers – the Queensland Greats Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate their achievements.”
Ms Farmer said although Queensland had prospered from the efforts of both men and women, sometimes women’s contributions were under-recognised and under-appreciated.
“You can’t be what you can’t see, which is why it’s especially important to recognise the achievements and leadership of women,” she said.
“Because as important as it is to recognise and celebrate what women have achieved, it’s just as important for young women and girls to see that no matter what they want to do or achieve, there is a great women who has gone before them and climbed over every obstacle to show the next generation it can be done.”
Last year’s recipient included child protection and domestic and family violence advocate Kay McGrath OAM, leading biomedical researcher Distinguished Professor Judith Clements AC and co-founder of the Kombumerri Aboriginal Corporation for Culture Patricia O’Connor.
Previous recipients included artist Margaret Olley, actor Deborah Mailman, hospital administrator Sister Angela Mary Doyle and former Brisbane Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson.
Nominations are accepted across three categories. They include nominations for individuals who have shown a lifetime of dedication and contribution to the development of Queensland as well as institutions and posthumous individuals.