Business, Programs and Events Award

Winner: Beenleigh Town Square Night Markets

Company - Goodwill Projects

Picture of the Beenleigh night markets with people walking through the streets and market tents along the street


Judges’ citation

The Beenleigh Town Square Night Markets present a unique offering as a business itself that facilitates community interaction and trade with local business, artisans and food operators.

The applicant demonstrated a high level of business acumen and market research activating underutilized public space and extending hours of trade. This contribution to the night time economy of Beenleigh has bolstered trade to the surrounding business by increasing foot traffic in the area.

The benefit of these markets running bi-weekly provides the community and small business an ongoing social and economic benefit.

Commendation: Extraction Artisan Coffee Deck

Company - Extraction Artisan Coffee

Builder - Hawley Constructions

Electrical - Canelec

Picture of the deck extension at Extraction Artesian Coffee overlooking the walkway at night


Judges’ citation

The Extraction Artisan Coffee Deck showed strong initative investing in the addition to provide activation to a new public bike path connecting Moss Street to Compton Road. The deck repositions the café’s outlook into nature and provides the community with an enriched experience of amenity.

The increase of public activity and visibility of the surrounding nature strip also provides community benefit in reducing anti-social activity and unlawful use of the public land.

The planning, financing and construction carried out during COVID and remaining operational showed resilience and commitment. 

Commendation: Spirits of the Red Sand and NAIDOC Wild Foods and Cultural Festival

Company - Spirits of the Red Sand

Picture of people sitting around tables watching indigenous dancing at the NAIDOC Wild Foods and Cultural Festival


Judges’ citation

Commendation is noted to Spirits of the Red Sand and NAIDOC Wild Foods and Cultural Festival for their contribution to local community showcasing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture, food, arts and businesses.

These businesses showed initiative and resilience during COVID by expanding their offering locally and internationally, launching education packages for schools, virtual tours to Japanese groups, cultural awareness programs for corporates, didgeridoo lessons, and the NAIDOC event.