Published: 3rd September 2020

Entries are now open for one of Australia’s richest reporting prizes, the $15,000 Bean Lockyer Ticehurst Award for Excellence in Regional Journalism.  Now in its ninth year, the award honours the work of respected ABC reporting figures John Bean, Paul Lockyer and Gary Ticehurst, who lost their lives in a 2011 helicopter crash. 

The trio made an art form of telling stories from regional Australia that also resonated with city audiences. Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) CEO, Greg Hallam AM, said good storytelling had never been more prized. 

“In a year when the resilience of Queensland communities has again been mightily tested, it is surely fitting that we celebrate the very best in regional storytelling,” Mr Hallam said. 

“We are always looking for ways to amplify the voice of our bush councils and highlighting excellence in regional journalism is a great way to do just that.” 

Award entry is now open and closes on Friday 2 October.  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 2020 award winner will be announced at the LGAQ’s 124th Annual Conference, to be held on the Gold Coast. 

Entry criteria, terms, and conditions are available here


For more information, please contact:

Sarah Vogler, Media Executive

Phone: 0438 447 370

Local Government Association of Queensland