Some of Queensland's most inspiring disaster resilience projects have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Resilient Australia Awards.

The Resilient Australia Awards celebrate the inspiring people and projects that build community resilience to disasters and emergencies across Australia. In 2021 the Queensland Chapter of the Awards received 56 entries, a record for Queensland and the most of any state in Australia. And the quality of all the entries was incredibly high, with judges commenting on what a privilege it was to learn of all the extraordinary initiatives taking place in communities across Queensland.

Finalists for the six categories – community, business, local government, government, school and photography – are listed below.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the State Library of Queensland on Wednesday 6 October 2021.

Entrants who did not make the finals are encouraged to review the judges’ comments on the awards portal and to consider re-entering in 2022.

School Award finalists

  • St John's School, Roma for St Johns School Resilience Project.
  • Longreach State High School for Central West Health and Wellbeing Day.
  • Pimlico State High School for Beyond COVID-19.

Community Award finalists

  • The Australian Red Cross for Disaster Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities.
  • Central Queensland Regional Arts Services Network for Eungella and Finch Hatton Creative Recovery Project.
  • Burnett Catchment Care Association for Building Resilience in the Agricultural North Burnett.
  • Townsville Community Rebuild Project for Townsville Community Rebuild Project.

Business Award finalists

  • Binna Burra Lodge for Binna Burra Lodge Bushfire Recovery.
  • FloodMapp for FloodMapp.
  • Disaster Pharmacy Solutions for "Vital in today's time" pharmacists and emergency management initiative.

Photography Award finalists

  • Mary-Ann Shapcott for Overcoming Life Struggles
  • Ben Brackin for The Heat is On

Local Government Award finalists

  • Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council for Wujal Wujal Elders and Vulnerable Persons Initiative.
  • Townsville City Council for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Disaster Resources program.
  • Mackay Regional Council for P-CEP in Mackay.
  • Central Highlands Regional Council for Kan's Lost Joey.

Government Award finalists

  • Queensland Reconstruction Authority and CSIRO for Bushfire Resilient Building Guidance for Queensland Homes.
  • Queensland Health for Dear Mind Campaign
  • Happy Valley Rural Fire Brigade and Happy Valley Community Association for Happy Valley Community Bushfire Risk Management Project.

Winners of the 2021 Resilient Australia Awards for Queensland will be announced in October 2021.