Gold Coast Australian of the Year named

Published on 08 June 2022

GC Australian of the Year awards

A Doctor instrumental in in establishing an internationally recognised centre for stroke diagnosis, treatment and research has been named Gold Coast Australian of the Year.

Dr Hal Rice who founded Qscan Radiology Clinics also plays an important role in attracting major medical conferences to the City.

Mayor Tom Tate, at the private ceremony at the HOTA Exhibitionist Bar last night, said it was people like Dr Rice who epitomised the Gold Coast spirit.

“Dr Rice is a passionate Gold Coaster whose focus is on helping people. We need more like him,” Mayor Tate said.

“Our other award recipients are also outstanding individuals who dedicate their lives to helping some of the most vulnerable in our community.

“Your selfless contribution to our City has not gone unnoticed”.

The Gold Coast Citizen of the Year Awards were previously part of the City’s Australia Day celebrations.

The new model aligns with National Australia Day Council and will help propel outstanding Gold Coasters into the State and National awards programs.

Award winners:

Gold Coast Australian of the Year

Honouring the achievements and contributions of eminent Gold Coasters who are role models for us all, contribute to making the Gold Coast great and are positive ambassadors for the region.

Dr Hal Rice Instrumental in establishing our city as an internationally recognised innovative centre for stroke diagnosis, treatment and research. Also responsible for founding Qscan Radiology Clinics, and is recognised for his continued efforts to bring international medical conferences to the Gold Coast which generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city.

Gold Coast Senior Australian of the Year

Celebrating those Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve, inspire or make a difference within the wider community.

Claude ‘The Mower Man’ Harvey A real-life superhero for Australian kids who has spent his retirement trekking nationwide with his trusty mower ‘Moyra’ to spread awareness of child safety. To date he has personally raised over $1.3 million for Bravehearts (Australia’s leading child protection advocate).

Gold Coast Young Australian of the Year

Recognising inspirational young people who have accomplished great things in a particular field of endeavour.

Bryce U’Ren Recognising his dedication, passion and commitment to ensuring all Australian children diagnosed with cancer receive a Super Max the Turtle night light. An inspirational example of a young Gold Coast boy who is spreading love, hope, happiness and comfort to those in need.

Gold Coast Local Hero

Acknowledging people who make a difference and challenge us to think about our contribution to creating a better local community.

Carly Fradgley  Recognising the tireless contribution as Founder of ‘Baby Give Back’ who provide safe and essential items to families in crisis. Now employing 16 staff and over 300 volunteers operating from two locations, the organisation has assisted in excess of 14,000 vulnerable children since 2014.