Australia Day award recipients 2019
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Sep 2019

The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the contribution that individuals, community groups and organisations make in our region. Everyday people are encouraged to apply - you don't have to be famous!

The 2019 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony took place on 25 January where the recipients for the seven categories were announced.

The seven categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Group or Organisation
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Sport and Recreation and Creative.

Check out this year's winners below, or view the full list of nominees[66KB] for this year's awards. 



  • Citizen of the Year – Debra Knight
    Debra volunteers at Gateway Care and took on a leadership role in 2009. The charity now supports more than 4000 families and provides 800 families each week with low cost groceries. Debra and the like-minded volunteers have made Gateway Care a safe-haven for support, comfort and encouragement.
  • Senior Citizen of the Year - David Woodrow

    David has raised more than $300,000 for the emergency helicopter service and served in the SES for 30 years. He has played an active role in youth development and community support work, is a distinguished Rotarian and supported Buderim ANZAC Day celebrations for more than 20 years.

  • Young Citizen of the Year - Evie Marshall

    While managing her own daily Cystic Fibrosis treatment and mental health, Evie successfully campaigned for Australians with CF to have affordable access to a life-extending medication. She supports other young people with CF to reduce social isolation and helped raise $150,000, aiding 50 local CF families and the local CF centre.

  • Community Group or Organisation - endED

    Mark and Gayle Forbes founded endED three years ago and on a voluntary basis provide nationwide support to hundreds of sufferers and their families. They recently entered a joint venture with The Butterfly Foundation to construct the endED Butterfly House in Mooloolah Valley, Australia's first ED residential facility.

  • Sport and Recreation - Maroochy Athletic Club

    Focusing on family fun and fitness since 1995, the club now hosts race series spanning five venues with 1438 runners and 150 volunteers. The club coordinated the State Cross Country Championships with 500 competitors and the Australian Cross Country Championships with 1100 competitors and 5000 spectators.


  • Creative - Art on Cairncross

    Tony Gill and Jane Caraffi have owned local art galleries for 23 years and worked with Caloundra Tourism, Visit Sunshine Coast and Hinterland tourism agencies. Organising art gallery trails since the 1990s, their latest trail covers the whole region and includes information on exhibitions and visual arts events.

  • Environment and Sustainability - Wildlife Volunteer Association (WILVOS)

    WILVOS provide rescue, rehabilitation and release services to injured, orphaned and distressed native animals. They receive over a thousand calls and rescue requests each year on their 24-hour emergency hotline. They also provide training and support for their dedicated carers.

  • Environment and Sustainability - Junior Eco-Leaders, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care

    From training sessions to planning programs, the Junior Eco-Leaders encourage young children to discover marine life in rock pools, examine insects and identify native vegetation, while actively supporting tree plantings and bush care. Passionate about eliminating plastics from daily use, they have conducted beach clean-ups and rubbish research.