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Running Wild for our Redlands Community

The 2018 Queensland Training Awards are the 57th year of the State Government awards which recognise apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers, trainers, employers and training and community-based organisations that strive for success, best practice and innovation in vocational education and training (VET).

The South East Queensland Regional Final is the third regional final to be held with previous events held in Cairns (Tropical North) and Townsville (North Queensland). There are seven regions in all with finals for North Coast and Central Queensland tomorrow night and Metropolitan and Darling Downs South West regions in coming weeks.

Redlands MP Kim Richards said “It was wonderful to represent Minister Fentiman at these important awards for our businesses, apprentices and trainees. It was made even more special with Macleay Island’s Running Wild taking out a major award for Community Training Initiative of the Year.”

Ms Richards said: “Julie ‘Chook’ Larson and Nick were doing incredible work across our Southern Moreton Bay Islands in training and skills development resulting in terrific employment outcomes for graduates.”

The next step for Running Wild will be in representing the South East Queensland region at the Queensland state event - the QTA State Gala Dinner on 8 September in Brisbane. Some Queensland winners have the opportunity to progress to the national event – the Australian Training Awards in Sydney on 15 November 2018.

Ms Richards said; “The Awards recognise and celebrate every one of the finalists who were a reflection of the industry diversity here in South East Queensland. She was excited for Running Wild in progressing to the State Finals and wishes them all the very best in this next round.”

• Chook Larson with Kim Richards (right) at the award presentation