The Kent Maddock memorial award was launched at Q Shelter’s AGM in November 2022 and acknowledges place-based alliances taking action to end homelessness and housing need.

Beginning in 2023, this will be an annual award announced each year as part of our CEO and Leaders’ Forum.

The award selection process will examine the diversity of participation and the range of stakeholders from the community sector, for-profit sector, government, and other sectors such as the arts. It will consider:

  • Initiatives that actively worked to overcome competition and achieve respectful partnerships in which leadership is shared and encouraged; and
  • The impact that the alliance is having, or is on a trajectory to have, to help end homelessness and housing need.

Kent Maddock made an outstanding contribution to the lives of countless Queenslanders, both in his professional consultancy career and as Deputy Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney General. He also made an incredible impact through his volunteer appointments, including Co-chair of Under 1 Roof, President of the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Board Director of Epilepsy Queensland, Chair of La Boite Theatre, and the Attorney-General’s representative at the Queensland Legal Aid Commission.

Kent understood that the sum of us is far more powerful than the individual, and that together we can truly make a difference for others.

Nominations for the 2024 Kent Maddock Award will open in June 2024.

2023 Kent Maddock Award

In 2023, two organisations were named as the inaugural Kent Maddock Award winners:

  • Protea Place
    Protea Place Inc. is a local Toowoomba charity, established in late 2018 to assist vulnerable women in the region. They provide practical and professional support for women in need, offering showers, laundry, meals, clothing, toiletries, friendship; and support with referrals to housing, health and domestic and family violence support services.
  • Western Queensland Alliance of Councils (WQAC) – Western Queensland Housing Solutions Initiative
    The WQAC comprises North West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, Remote Area Planning and Development Board, South West Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils, representing 24 member councils. WQAC’s objective is to focus collective self-help and political advocacy on solutions to the major challenges common across Western Queensland of housing, connectivity, roads and transport and sustainability – including Local Housing Action Plans.
  • Honourable Mention: Whitsunday Housing Co Ltd Tiny Homes Project
    Tiny Homes Project is about building single-story, one-bedroom dwellings for women over 55 years who are experiencing homelessness in the Whitsunday Region.

Kent Maddock

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