Everyday heroes making our suburbs safer

Published on 11 October 2023

Nominees in the Gold Coast Safer Suburbs Awards 2023

The city’s everyday heroes have been recognised for their outstanding work to enhance safety in Gold Coast neighbourhoods.

Everything Suarve Inc, Brett and Belinda Beasley and the Jack Beasley Foundation were among those being recognised for their contribution to the city at the biennial Safer Suburbs Awards.

“On behalf of the City I congratulate the winners and thank all nominees for their hard work and dedication to making the Gold Coast an even safer, more resilient, and connected community,” Mayor Tom Tate said.

“Their work helps protect the vulnerable, educate our children and build local awareness so that the Gold Coast remains a safe place to live. This year we had a total of 32 nominees, and they were of such a high standard it made it difficult to select the winners.”

The Safer Suburbs Award winners are:

  • Meritorious Award
    Everything Suarve Inc
    Through their Big Brother programs Everything Suarve Inc provides a foundation for our most vulnerable and at-risk young people to pursue qualifications and increase their employment outcomes. The program aims to improve the lives of our most disadvantaged youth.
  • Meritorious Award
    Brett and Belinda Beasley and the Jack Beasley Foundation
    The Beasleys are dedicated to reducing knife crime, particularly among young people, and their efforts have included pushing for legislation to allow police to carry metal detection wands. They also offer awareness programs for schools, sporting clubs and community organisations. Their efforts began after their 17-year-old son Jack tragically lost his life in Surfers Paradise.
  • Individual
    Michelle Beattie, Hearts of Purple founder
    Hearts of Purple, provides essential resources for those impacted by domestic and family violence. Ms Beattie also works to raise awareness of the signs of abuse and available support.
  • Community group
    Multicultural Families Organisation
    This group helps improve safety and encourages inclusion through a range of programs including Leaders for Positive Change, Friend’s Friend Network and the SARA program which support culturally, and linguistically diverse women impacted by domestic and family violence.
  • Project or initiative
    Chill Out Zone – Gold Coast Youth Service.
    The initiative operates in the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach safe night precincts to provide direct welfare and support vulnerable people to get home safely.

The Safer Suburbs Awards is one of many City initiatives enhancing safety including the 850-camera strong Safety Camera Network, Graffiti Management andPrevention Program, and the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Program.  For more information about the City’s commitment to strengthen community safety outcomes check out the 2027 Community Safety Program by clicking here.