​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Queensland Train​ing Awards State Gala Dinner

Even​​​​t de​tails


1 September 2017
Welcome reception - 6pm
Formalities - 7pm


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Merivale & Glenelg Streets, South Brisbane


Lounge/cocktail attire​

Master of Ceremonies


Tom Williams

When Tom called in to Merrick and Rosso's Drive show on Triple J in July 2000 to throw in his ten cents worth on the nation's airwaves he forgot to turn down t​he radio in his ute. The resulting feedback had Merrick and Rosso producer Jen Oldershaw hanging up before Tom's pleading persuaded her to hang on the line. Twenty seconds later the listeners met Tom the Chippy from Manly.

The ensuing rave with the boys made Tom into a regular, letting the people of Australia know about life on the building site for the remainder of the year. When Merrick and Rosso went to launch Sydney's new radio station NOVA 96.9 in April 2001, Tom came with them, running The Chippy's Driver Reviver every Friday morning.

Tom's knockabout charm and easy humour has made him a cult figure alongside the NOVA breakfast team and the first choice as the resident builder on Seven Network's DIY show, Room for Improvement.

Welcome to Country


Songwoman Maroochy

Songwoman Maroochy is the Songwoman and Law-woman of the Turrbal People, the original inhabitants of Brisbane. She is a direct descendant of Daki Yakka - Chief of the Old Brisbane tribe - a man nicknamed 'the Duke of York' by the European settlers in the Moreton Bay area in the 1830s. She is the first Aboriginal Dramatic Arts graduate at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, a renowned opera singer and was the first Australian to perform at the United Nations in New York in 1993 in honour of the International Year for the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Songwoman Maroochy performs a Traditional Blessing in accordance with the Turrbal traditional laws and customs.



Casey Barnes

Casey's music has made an impact around the world. He's had hits in Europe, written and recorded in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.

Casey has experienced an exciting start to 2017 touring the country on his 'Live as One' tour which saw him perform four shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival and shows with US country artist McKenna Faith.

This year will see Casey Barnes continue to release further singles from 'Live as One' as he continues to be one of Australia's premier performers.


Harry J Hart

Named one of 17 musicians to watch in 2017, 15-year old singer-songwriter Harry J Hart is developing a growing popularity.

Harry is excited about what the year has already delivered - the opportunity to open for Daniel Champagne, Adam Brand and Casey Barnes, establishing a mentoring relationship with Rick Price and releasing Acoustic Affections, a CD of favoured interpretations.

Busy writing songs, Harry hopes to be ready to record his first original album before Christmas. Harry is in Year 11 at the Music Industry College where he is studying a Diploma of Music Industry.

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Last updated
12 April 2017