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Safer Suburbs Awards

Click to enlarge 2017 Safer Suburbs Award winners and nominees

2019 Safer Suburbs Award winners
and nominees

These biennial awards recognise outstanding safety initiatives happening in our city and the individuals and organisations who work to make our city safer.

There are four award categories: individual, not-for-profit group, business and project. A meritorious award is also presented to one nominee who demonstrates special merit.

Safer suburbs create stronger and more connected communities. Keeping our city safe is everyone’s responsibility - let’s all become safety ambassadors by educating our children, protecting vulnerable people, building local awareness and reporting anything we may feel is crime-related.

The next Safer Suburbs Awards Program will be held this year with more information to come soon.

2019 Safer Suburbs Award Winners

The city's most outstanding individuals and organisations, working tirelessly to create a safe and connected community, were acknowledged at the City's biennial Safer Suburbs Awards ceremony on 22 October 2019.

Mayor Tom Tate said the Awards honoured the people with true community spirit, who were committed to making our city more safe and connected.

“We had 23 nominations and every entrant is making a genuine difference to the safety of our city,” he said.

“These awards highlight the incredible work within our community to make the Gold Coast the safest place to live, work, play and raise a family.”

All nominees and winners were invited to the stage and presented with certificates by Mayor Tom Tate and Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins.

The 2019 Safer Suburbs Awards winners are:

Not-for-profit – RizeUp Australia

RizeUp Australia provides practical and positive support for families experiencing domestic and family violence. Their support includes providing items to create a comfortable new home for families, school essentials including uniforms, and through their partnerships with other organisations, they arrange experience days for Gold Coast families to enjoy.

Individual – Kathleen Vlasic

Coordinator of Rosies drop-in centre at Southport, Kathleen supports our most vulnerable residents by arranging everything from food donations and meals, to haircuts. Kathleen also coordinates the daytime and evening outreach support program for Rosies.

Business – Halcyon

Halcyon was instrumental in the creation of a new bridging accommodation facility in the northern Gold Coast for families affected by domestic and family violence. The project is the first of its kind, with Halcyon collaborating with local organisations and stakeholders to deliver a facility that offers a safe environment for families.

Project – First Drinks: First Impressions

An initiative of the Queensland Police Service, this project is conducted on Friday and Saturday nights in the Surfers Paradise entertainment precinct. It involves breathalysing precinct visitors and providing them with feedback regarding their blood alcohol content. Evaluation indicates the project has contributed to a significant reduction in assault rates and fewer victims of crime.

Meritorious Award – Street C.R.E.D

Street C.R.E.D (collaborate, re-engage, empower and deter) led by the Queensland Police Service in collaboration with government and non-government services, builds positive relationships with young people who may be experiencing homelessness or engaging in antisocial behaviour.

The weekly program aims to connect young people with services that provide health and wellbeing support and to assist them to re-engage in education or employment pathways.

More information

For further information please contact our Safe and Liveable Communities Branch on 07 5581 6642, or email

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