Australia Day Award Recipients 2020
  • Last updated:
  • 14 Feb 2020

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 2020 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony took place 24 January. The recipients for the seven categories were announced.

Citizen of the Year – Mark Forbes

Mark and his wife Gayle started endED 4 years ago. They have two daughters with Bulimia and have been living and working with eating disorders for the past 20 years. Mark and Gayle began holding a parent’s and carers support group each fortnight at their home. As the demand for support began to increase they recognised the need to expand endED’s services. At this point they decided to devote themselves full-time on a voluntary basis to endED. They employed eating disorder recovery coaches to provide one-on-one and group support to eating disorder sufferers.

endED now provides nationwide support to sufferers and their families. Partnered with the Butterfly Foundation to construct a residential facility: endED Butterfly House. Mark has secured: 

  • $2 million in funding from the federal government
  • support from 35 local companies to the value of $800,000
  • has partnered with various community groups and allied health services to deliver a unique and innovative model of care for the treatment of ED’s. 


  • Jordyn Clancy
  • Mitchell Devine
  • Mark Ellis
  • Mark Forbes
  • Caroline Hutchinson
  • Angela Mansey
  • Paul Morton
  • Judy Noakes
  • Jodi Salmond
  • Shirley Lowrie (Sinclair)
  • Leon Stensholm
  • Tracey Witchurch

Senior Citizen of the Year - Mark Skinner

Mark has been chairman of The Board Meeting surf charity since its formation in 2004. He heads a small group of surfing businessmen and women to raise funds. These monies help local kids with disabilities and their families.
Mark owns and heads a very successful national business. He still finds 15-20 hours a week to

  • lead his charity team
  • coordinate events
  • seek sponsors
  • encourage supporters
  • interact with beneficiary families.

The Board Meeting has raised more than $1.5 million over 15 years for the families. 


  • Faye Burke
  • Robert Clements
  • John Ellingsen
  • Diane Goodwillie
  • Ken and Ann Husband
  • Trevor Lockett
  • Ken Mewburn
  • Chris O’Dempsey
  • Eunice Ormond
  • John Pearce
  • Peter Ryan
  • Josie Ryan
  • Mark Skinner
  • Gordon Sutherland
  • Valerie Thornton
  • Edward Vann
  • Judy Wild
  • David Wood  

Young Citizen of the Year - Ella Woodborne

Ella has become an inspirational role model to her entire school and beyond. She founded the ‘Grammar Green Team’. She is the primary spokesperson and director of this rapidly expanding school organisation. Grammar Green Team teaches others about the planet, its animals, plants, its strengths and weaknesses. Ella's constant, unwavering effort, determination and kindness aims to educate others. She explores new ways to help the Earth become a healthier planet. Each day Ella reviews and discusses worldly issues and conducts research.


  • Annie Jones
  • Sam Pilgrim
  • Ella Woodborne

Community Group or Organisation - Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge

The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (SCAR) has been operating for 40 years. The refuge is managed by a volunteer management committee and 250 volunteers. Volunteers care for cats and dogs, seven days a week. They also maintain the gardens, process donations, assist with fundraisers, operate a small nursery and provide administration and adoption support. SCAR:

  • operates a pet ownership education program for school children
  • provides support to people who are financially disadvantaged or homeless by caring for their pets.


  • A Little Sparkle
  • Bamboo Projects Education
  • Buderim Foundation
  • Buderim Men's Shed
  • Celebrate Glasshouse Country
  • Days For Girls
  • Festuri Multicultural Celebration
  • Golden Beach Primary School Music
  • Hair Aid
  • Lions Club of Buderim
  • Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre
  • Parent to Parent QLD
  • Reed House Volunteers
  • Salty Souls Legacy
  • Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show
  • Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge
  • Sunshine Coast Business Women’s network
  • Suncare Community Services
  • The Board Meeting Surf Charity
  • The Compass Institute
  • The Kindness Collective
  • TS Centaur Australian Navy Cadets

Sport and Recreation - Robert Angus & Brendan Powell and Scott Park - Tied result

Robert Angus

Rob has been volunteering at the Nambour Little Athletics Centre since 2008. As centre manager he led the acquisition of government grants to purchase a full complement of equipment. Most recently, Rob obtained $35,000 in grants for the tartan long jump facility. Rob also mows and does line marking to maintain the pristine condition of the event facilities. He is the first to arrive and the last to leave. Rob also volunteers at the Sunshine Coast AFL Umpires Association and the Nambour Blue Demons Hockey Club.

Brendan Powell and Scott Park (dual nomination)

Brendan and Scott commenced with Queensland Oztag in 2009. They have worked tirelessly to build sport and recreation opportunities for all Sunshine Coast residents. With passion they:

  • foster opportunity
  • encourage fun, inclusiveness and a sense of community through exceptional integrity and innovation.

Over a 10-year period their hard work has realised outstanding growth and success in Oztag. Together they have developed a highly professional sporting environment. It is inclusive and empowers participants from diverse backgrounds.


  • Robert Angus
  • Daneeka Kent
  • Chris Mooney
  • Janelle Pallister
  • Lani Pallister
  • Haylie Powell
  • Brendan Powell and Scott Park
  • Melissa Stanford
  • Buderim Pony Club
  • Sunshine Coast Cricket Association

Creative - Jennifer Radbourne

Emeritus Professor Jennifer Radbourne has extensive experience in performing arts and academia. She has been supporting, promoting, mentoring, planning and helping the arts and creative sector her on the Sunshine Coast to grow. She is passionate about the coast's arts sector looking at ways she can:

  • progress individual artists and their work
  • develop audiences to ensure an ecology of sustainability.

Jennifer is an inaugural member of the SC Arts Advisory Board and chair of the newly established Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation.


  • Steven Bordonaro
  • Kendall Perkins – Stumer
  • Jennifer Radbourne
  • Kim Rigby and Maree Clarke
  • Merryl Terrey

Environment and Sustainability - Ten Little Pieces

Ten Little Pieces was founded by Alison Foley. The aim is to encourage everybody to make a difference to their environment by collecting ten little pieces of rubbish whenever they can. She’s been working tirelessly to reduce the amount of rubbish in our local communities. She has inspired hundreds of families to take care of the places they visit. This year Ali was the brain child behind a Cigarette Butt Voting Ballot Box at Alex Surf Club. Her initiative demonstrated a huge reduction in toxic cigarette butt litter.


  • Coolum Surf Club
  • Terry Farr
  • Diane Goodwillie
  • Leonie Orton
  • Carol Owens
  • Jodi Salmond
  • SeaFrame
  • Julie Schubert
  • Take Action For Pumicestone Passage
  • Ten Little Pieces