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Journalism Award


$15,000 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism

John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst were a well-liked and deeply respected crew out in the regions where they spent a lot of their time.

Their loss sparked an outpouring of dismay from regional leaders who knew the huge contribution they made to ensuring regional Queensland was given a voice and recognised for the contribution it made to public life.

The LGAQ commemorates them each year with this award for excellence in regional journalism and to encourage other journalists to adopt the doggedness and professionalism for which they were known.

The Award

2020 will be the Award’s ninth year dedicated to showcasing excellence in reporting in regional Queensland.

The award is aimed at highlighting the importance of rigorous reporting and analysis of government business decisions affecting Queensland communities.

With one of the highest cash prizes on offer in Australian journalism awards, and with no entry fee required, the LGAQ Journalism Award is a prestigious and lucrative opportunity for journalists designed to highlight and draw attention to journalistic excellence in Queensland.

This regional award honours the work of Australian Broadcasting Corporation figures John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst, who lost their lives in a helicopter accident during 2011.


Award winners are chosen on the basis of journalistic excellence. Where they deem it necessary, the judges shall seek clarification that ethical methods were used to obtain or produce the material used in entries.

The criteria for judging entries will include newsworthiness, incisiveness, public benefit, and impact on the understanding of the issues and challenges facing regional Queensland.

The resources available to entrants and the dedication and diligence they have shown in ensuring their work is brought to public attention will also be taken into account.

The judges have the right to reject an entry, and their decisions are final.

The winner will be revealed at the 2020 LGAQ Annual Conference

How to Enter

An updated entry form will be available on this page in July 2020. The following details may be required when entering:

Your contact details
  • An overall title for your entry (to be used in all publicity)
  • Full and working (please double check!) URL/weblink address - supplied in email format as well as written
  • When and where the work appeared NOTE: Entry needs to have been published between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Entries may be:

  • Print
  • Television/Video
  • Online format
  • Radio

Submitting your work in online format is preferred. If your work appears online, is available for public viewing and will remain unaltered for the judging period - from August to October - providing a URL link is sufficient (publication date must be specified in the application form).

Print entries eg newspaper articles can be submitted via email in PDF format.

MP3 files are sufficient for submitted radio stories, however they must be accompanied by a copy of the transcript.

Video format must be rendered into Youtube/Vimeo or able to be rendered into this format. If you are unable to provide this, you may mail four (4) copies of your entry on four (4) separate CD/DVD's to:

LGAQ Journalism Award 2020
PO Box 2230
Fortitude Valley BC Qld 4006

Terms and Conditions of Entry

These conditions are non-negotiable. They must be strictly adhered to.

  1. Entries may consist of one article or radio or television report or a series of up to five articles or radio or television reports that are representative of a body of work.
  2. A group entry may comprise up to five individuals. All major contributors should be included and all names provided to be eligible.
  3. Entries must have been published or broadcast between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.
  4. Entry is open to all Australian residents but all entries must contain work that is relevant to regional issues being faced in Queensland.
  5. All entrants are required to establish their bona fides and that they have adhered to the Media Alliance Code of Ethics in the preparation of the submitted piece
  6. Each entry must be verified by a representative of the employer/commissioning publication
  7. All entries should include a statement of up to 200 words outlining the case for consideration of an award
  8. Entries will be accepted until COB Friday 18 September 2020.

Contact: LGAQ Communications Team
T: 1300 542 700

Previous finalists and winners


To come!


Winner - John Andersen, Townsville Bulletin for a series of stories on the monsoon floods that devastated north west Queensland in February 2019. The reports told a searing story of the economic and personal impacts of the huge loss of stock caused by the flooding.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


Winner - Derek Barry, North West Star at Mount Isa, for a series of reports highlighting the high cost of regional airfares in Queensland.

Nicole Bond, from the ABC, for a body of work on the plight of landowners trying to cope with the state’s ongoing drought.

Vanessa Marsh, from The Courier-Mail, and Emma Field, from the Weekly Times, for their work bringing public attention to the high number of deaths of Pacific Islanders working in Australia under the Seasonal Worker Program.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


Winner - Sally Cripps, Queensland Country Life for her work chronicling the fight by landowners in central and north Queensland graziers to stop the Defence Department forcibly acquiring their properties.

John Anderson, The Townsville Bulletin for a series of reports focussing on the devastation left by Cyclone Debbie and the ongoing drought in regional Queensland,

Daniel Bateman, the Cairns Post for his coverage on the impact that a lack of qualified surgeons in the far north was having on women battling to deal with the aftermath of breast cancer.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


WINNER - Rhian Deutrom’s articles exposed the scandal arising from the contaminated water crisis in Oakey.

Marty McCarthy produced a series of reports detailing the political and policy fights surrounding the State Government’s plans to re-introduce tough land clearing laws.

Zhanae Conway-Dodd’s reports highlighted the aspirations and personal stories of the local Darumbal people.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


Winner - Chrissy Arthur, ABC, for a series of reports covering the impact of Queensland’s devastating drought.

Andrew Potts, Paul Weston and Nicholas McElroy, from the Gold Coast Bulletin, for a series of reports examining the protests over a proposal to locate a mosque at a Currumbin warehouse and the impact on the local council and community.

Christine McKee, from the Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, for her coverage of local efforts to revitalise Great Keppel Island with a proposed tourism resort.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


Winner - Candyce Braithwaite, from Warwick Daily News for a series of articles covering community push for action by the government on a notorious intersection to avoid repeated fatal accidents.

Sally Cripps, from Queensland Country Life, for a series of reports raising awareness of the extent of the wild dog problem in rural Queensland, as well as exploring various methods of addressing the issue.

Miriam Hall, from the ABC, for a body of work telling unique stories from regional Queensland, including a story using personal experiences of farmers impacted by the drought.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement 

Winner announcement


Winner - Daniel Strudwick, Melanie Petrinec and Grace Uhr for their coverage of moves to reform Alcohol Management Plans in indigenous communities from the perspective of the communities themselves. 

Daniel Burdon, from the APN Newsdesk, for a series of in-depth reports detailing flaws in the environmental management of Gladstone Harbour and its impact on the Great Barrier Reef.

Natalie Poyhonen, from the ABC, for a report on how the indigenous community of Hope Vale plans to take charge of its own economic development.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement


Winner - Charlie McKillop, from ABC Rural, for reporting on the battle between fishing industry and the Federal Government over the proposal to declare the world's biggest marine park in the Coral Sea.

Daniel Bateman, from the Townsville Bulletin, for a series of reports detailing the political and bureaucratic saga surrounding efforts to establish a paediatric intensive care unit at Townsville Hospital.

Leonie Mellor, from Network Ten, for a body of work highlighting the struggles of people in regional Queensland to cope with major changes to their way of life due to the state's resources boom and the ban on live beef exports to Indonesia.

Related articles:

Finalists announcement

Winner announcement

Inaugural announcement



Last updated 30 March 2020