Queensland clubs celebrated the best in the industry on 21 March at the 2023 Keno & Clubs Queensland Awards for Excellence gala dinner.
The annual awards serve as an opportunity to highlight the positive work in the clubs sector, and provide a chance for the community to gather and celebrate the contributions of these clubs to their communities.
Clubs Queensland serves as the peak industry body for registered and licensed community clubs throughout the northern state. CEO Craig Harley said that the awards recognise those clubs that have demonstrated exceptional engagement with their communities by providing valuable service and social support.
Harley says the annual awards, held this year at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, recognise clubs who have gone above and beyond to engage with their communities to provide invaluable service and social support.
This year a total of 26 awards were presented, with top honours given to four clubs.
The BMD Northcliffe Surf Club, situated in the Gold Coast, was awarded Club of the Year (Small) from a field 31 finalists.
In an exciting first-time achievement for a Central Queensland club, the Frenchville Sports Club in Rockhampton was recognised as the Club of the Year (Medium).
The Waves Sports Club in Bundaberg, which supports 16 local sports clubs and contributes to numerous community events and projects, took the gong for Club of the Year (Large).
Southport Yacht Club Inc. took home Club of the Year (Non-Gaming).
Congratulations must also go to Malcolm Wright from Coolum Surf Club, who won the Club Manager of the Year award, sponsored by Lion.
Hats off to all the deserving winners:
Best Licensed RSL And/Or Services Club Gympie RSL
Best Bowls Club Club Pine Rivers
Best Football Club The Lion Richlands
Best Surf Life Saving Supporters Club BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Supporters Club
Best Sports Club Caboolture Sports Club
Best Club Café The Hive Café at Carina Leagues Club
Best Dining, Small North Burleigh Surf Club Supporters Restaurant
Best Dining, Medium Grill Restaurant atThe Broncos Club
Best Dining, Large The Precinct at Norths Leagues & Services Club
Health & Wellbeing GO PINK with Lions@springwood
Emergency Services A once in a lifetime flood response,Gympie RSL
Support Of Sport Brothers Junior Sports Star,Brothers Leagues Club Ipswich
Heart Of The Community Supporting the far reaching effects of education, Bribie Island Bowls
Special Achievement Award- Responsible Gambling Cowboys Leagues Club
Special Achievement Award – Responsible Service Of Alcohol Redlands Sporting Club Inc.
Best Gaming Venue, Small Geebung RSL
Best Gaming Venue, Medium Aspley Hornets
Best Gaming Venue, Large Norths Leagues & Services Club
Young Manager of the Year Tayla Neilen, Carina Leagues Club
Club Chef of the Year Dom Olofai, Palm Beach Surf Club
Club Director of the Year Kerry Noyes, Southport Yacht Club Inc.
Club Secretary/Manager of the Year Malcolm Wright, Coolum Surf Club
Club of the Year: Non-Gaming Southport Yacht Club Inc.
Club of the Year: Small BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Supporters Club
Club of the Year: Medium Frenchville Sports Club
Club of the Year: Large The Waves Sports Club