Running Wild, recent winners of a Queensland regional award have been declared Queensland State Award winners for Community Training Initiative of the Year.
And that means the innovative island group will now be in the running for the Australian award, and a trip to Sydney beckons!
Running Wild, run by the enigmatic Julie ‘Chook’ Larson, has now won the State award for their Macleay Island Campground Program, located adjacent to the Tingira Boat Club complex on the western side of the island.
Running Wild were acknowledged as an organisation promoting social cohesion and positive employment outcomes for the local people of the Southern Moreton Bay islands. The Macleay Island Campground project, funded through the Skilling Queenslanders for work initiative, provided a chance for disadvantaged jobseekers to engage in meaningful community contributions and gain valuable knowledge and skills in a realistic work environment, so that they can find local employment opportunities.
Many of their graduates are now gainfully employed.
The work entailed not just developing a camping ground area on the western waterfront, but to also plan, design layout new plantings and to design and construct timber tables and seating.
It is quite an accomplishment.
Queensland MP for Redlands, Kim Richards, told The Friendly Bay Islander, that she was ‘enormously proud’ of the Running Wild group and their achievements.
“This is an exciting result for a great program that gives new directions and confidence for future job prospects,” Kim Richards said.
The State finalists included:
• Anglicare North Queensland Limited - GS4W 4870 - Cairns , Tropical North Queensland region
• Seed Foundation Australia - First People's Health Program, North Queensland region
• Central Queensland Multicultural Association Ltd - CQMA Community Care, Central Queensland region
• YWCA Queensland - Giving a Hand, Darling Downs South West region
• Gidarjil Development Corporation Ltd - Indigenous Employment and Training Strategy, North Coast region
• Multicultural Community Centre Ltd - Multicultural Community Centre, Metropolitan region
• Regional winners to State winners Julie ‘Chook’ Larson with Member for Redlands Kim Richards (right)