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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    PREMIER UNVEILS QUEENSLAND’S 150 ICONS

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009

    PREMIER UNVEILS QUEENSLAND’S 150 ICONS

    ‘King’ Wally Lewis, The Great Barrier Reef, World Expo ’88 and the Royal Flying Doctor Service are among the people, places and events that Queenslanders have voted as their Q150 Icons.

    Premier Anna Bligh today released the official list of 150 icons, across 10 categories, as voted by Queenslanders.

    The Premier was joined by official Icons Wally Lewis, Susie O’Neill, Dick Johnson, Hugh Lunn and representatives from Surf Lifesaving Queensland. Suncorp Stadium provided a fitting backdrop for the announcement – voted an iconic structure and engineering feat.

    “In our Q150 year, Queenslanders are celebrating the people, places and stories that have made our State the great place it is today,” Ms Bligh said.

    “And the official Q150 Icons illustrate what a diverse and colourful history it is, from Charles Kingsford Smith to Allan Border, from Australia Zoo to the XXXX Brewery, from the Daintree Rainforest to Carnarvon Gorge.

    “From the internationally renown Steve Irwin to the controversial Sir Joh Bjelke- Petersen – Queensland means something different, but something special to all of us,” she said.

    Proud Queenslander Rupert McCall penned a dedicated poem incorporating all 150 icons.

    Ms Bligh said almost 30,000 votes were received to compile the official list, from a short-list of 300.

    “The list of Q150 Icons will be added to the official Q150 Archive at the State Library and 15,000 lucky Queenslanders will also have the opportunity to win a commemorative Q150 Icons Post Card Pack.

    “Entry forms will be in local papers tomorrow and I urge Queenslanders to get in quickly because stocks are limited.”

    Visit www.q150.qld.gov.au for a full list of the top 150 icons.

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    TOP 150 ICONS

    CATEGORY

    PLACE

    ICON

    CATEGORY 1: State-shapers

    Queenslanders or Queensland organisations that have influenced or made a significant contribution to Queensland.

    1

    Yungaba Immigration Centre

    2

    Steve Irwin

    3

    Surf Lifesavers

    4

    Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen

    5

    Leslie Thiess

    6

    Founders of QANTAS

    7

    Clem Jones

    8

    Eddie Mabo

    9

    State Emergency Service

    10

    John Flynn

    11

    Charles Kingsford Smith

    12

    James Cook

    13

    Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland

    14

    Isolated Children's Parents Association

    15

    Wayne Bennett

    CATEGORY 2: Influential artists

    Those musicians, authors, actors, painters, designers, or pieces of art from Queensland that have left a lasting impression on the people of our State.

    1

    Bee Gees

    2

    Powderfinger

    3

    Geoffrey Rush

    4

    Keith Urban

    5

    Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)

    6

    Steele Rudd

    7

    Judith Wright

    8

    Billy Thorpe

    9

    Hugh Lunn

    10

    Savage Garden

    11

    Gladys Moncrieff

    12

    Graeme Connors

    13

    William McInnes

    14

    David Malouf

    15

    Charles Chauvel

    CATEGORY 3: Sports legends

    Those Queensland greats that have made a significant contribution to sport in our State.

    1

    Wally Lewis

    2

    Cathy Freeman

    3

    Pat Rafter

    4

    Rod Laver

    5

    Allan Border

    6

    Greg Norman

    7

    Susie O'Neill

    8

    Dick Johnson

    9

    Allan (Alfie) Langer

    10

    Gunsynd

    11

    Mal Meninga

    12

    Grant Hackett

    13

    Matthew Hayden

    14

    Kieren Perkins

    15

    Mick Doohan

    CATEGORY 4: Locations

    The towns, parks, recreation attractions in Queensland that put our State on the map.

    1

    Australia Zoo (Sunshine Coast Hinterland)

    2

    Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame (Longreach)

    3

    Surfers Paradise

    4

    Bundaberg Rum Distillery

    5

    Big Pineapple (Nambour)

    6

    South Bank Parklands (Brisbane)

    7

    Noosa

    8

    Breakfast Creek Hotel (Brisbane)

    9

    Yatala Pie Shop

    10

    Barcaldine Tree of Knowledge

    11

    Paronella Park (North Queensland)

    12

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane)

    13

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (Gold Coast)

    14

    Great Dividing Range

    15

    Darling Downs

    CATEGORY 5: Natural attractions

    Those iconic locations in Queensland that are naturally formed.

    1

    Great Barrier Reef

    2

    Fraser Island

    3

    Glasshouse Mountains

    4

    Whitsundays

    5

    Daintree Rainforest

    6

    Outback Queensland

    7

    Carnarvon Gorge

    8

    Stradbroke Island

    9

    Lamington National Park

    10

    Bunya Mountains

    11

    Moreton Bay

    12

    Barron Falls

    13

    Springbrook National Park

    14

    Magnetic Island

    15

    Undara Lava Tubes

    CATEGORY 6: Structures and engineering feats

    Those built structures in Queensland.

    1

    Story Bridge (Brisbane)

    2

    Kuranda Scenic Railway (Cairns)

    3

    XXXX Brewery (Brisbane)

    4

    Brisbane City Hall

    5

    Skyrail Rainforest Cable (Cairns)

    6

    Gateway Bridge (Brisbane)

    7

    Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park)

    8

    Q1 (Gold Coast)

    9

    The Gabba (Brisbane)

    10

    The University of Queensland Great Court

    11

    St John's Cathedral (Brisbane)

    12

    Old Museum (Brisbane)

    13

    QANTAS Hangars (Longreach and Cloncurry)

    14

    Hornibrook Highway Bridge (Redcliffe)

    15

    Burdekin Falls Dam

    CATEGORY 7: Defining moments

    Those memorable moments from our State’s past, moments that highlight our triumphs and our hardships.

    1

    World Expo '88

    2

    1974 Queensland floods

    3

    QANTAS takes to the air

    4

    1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games

    5

    Mabo High Court of Australia decision

    6

    Fitzgerald Inquiry (1987-89)

    7

    Queensland proclaimed as a new colony

    8

    Gold discovered in Queensland

    9

    World Heritage listing of the Wet Tropics

    10

    Queensland wins its first Sheffield Shield (1995)

    11

    Cloudland and the Bellevue Hotel demolished

    12

    Queensland the first with free education

    13

    Australia's first Aboriginal Parliamentarians

    14

    All chained up for women's rights (1965 at Regatta Hotel)

    15

    Railway comes to Queensland (1865)

    CATEGORY 8: Innovations and inventions

    Inventions or innovative concepts that Queenslanders have pioneered.

    1

    Royal Flying Doctor Service

    2

    Cervical cancer vaccination (Professor Ian Frazer)

    3

    Polio treatment

    4

    Blue Care (formerly Blue Nurses)

    5

    School of the Air

    6

    Billabong

    7

    Lamington

    8

    Kids Alive - Do the Five

    9

    Lucas' Pawpaw Ointment

    10

    Weis Fruit Bar

    11

    Immune system research wins Nobel Prize

    12

    Southern Cross windmills

    13

    Tilt train

    14

    Dingo fence

    15

    wotif.com.au

    CATEGORY 9: Events and festivals

    Those iconic Queensland events that bring Queenslanders together to celebrate.

    1

    EkkA (Brisbane)

    2

    State of Origin

    3

    Birdsville Races

    4

    Riverfire (Riverfestival)

    5

    Woodford Folk Festival

    6

    Carnival of Flowers (Toowoomba)

    7

    Country Music Muster (Gympie)

    8

    Indy (Gold Coast)

    9

    Apple and Grape Harvest Festival (Stanthorpe)

    10

    B&S Balls

    11

    Beef Australia (Rockhampton)

    12

    Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race

    13

    Mount Isa Rodeo

    14

    Panyiri Greek Festival (Brisbane)

    15

    Noosa Triathalon

    CATEGORY 10: Typically Queensland

    What is Queensland all about? Those things, behaviours or traditions that define Queensland and its people.

    1

    Backyard BBQs

    2

    Queenslander house

    3

    XXXX Beer

    4

    Bundy Rum (and bear)

    5

    Sunshine

    6

    Bowen mango

    7

    Summer afternoon storms

    8

    "Waltzing Matilda"

    9

    Macadamia nut

    10

    Maroon

    11

    Jacaranda tree

    12

    Cane fields

    13

    Cane toad

    14

    Thongs

    15

    Mud crab

    Q150 icons by Rupert McCall

    Queensland born Queensland bred

    Many thoughts flow through my head

    The time has come to beat the drum

    This colony deserves some cred!

    A story told on fields of gold

    Where Glasshouse Mountain views unfold

    With sun and surf and Gabba turf

    And Allan Border blazing bold!

    Across the field – our maiden Shield

    Matt the Bat – his windmills wield

    With wide verandah – Cairns Kuranda

    Jacaranda then revealed

    A tribe of thongs in Billabongs

    With Billy Thorpe and Bee Gees songs

    Now Malouf’s book says James can Cook

    With Dickie Johnson’s true blue tongs!

    The backyard crew in barbeque!

    There’s Judith Wright and Oodgeroo

    Gold Coast Indy – Dad of Bindie

    Crikey it’s Australia Zoo!

    Great White Sharks, National Parks

    Savage Gardens, Birdsville larks

    Perkins’ pool, Wayne Bennett’s rule

    With Cathy Freeman – on ya marks!

    Ah here we go and hail Sir Joh

    And ride the Isa Rodeo!

    Where cane toads croak for Woodford folk

    Declare an end to polio

    Yes vaccination, Frazer’s station

    Railway tracks free education

    City Halls and Burdekin Falls

    And Yungaba for immigration

    Islands, bridges, tracks and ridges

    Straddie, Fraser, back deck fridges

    XXXX brewin – Mickey Doohan

    Parliament could hear the didges!

    Currumbin’s wild and Southbank’s nice

    Lives are saved in Paradise

    The Daintree lush with Geoffrey Rush

    Whitsundays adds Magnetic spice

    Allan Langer, Rocky banger!

    Tree of Knowledge, airplane hangar

    Powderfinger, Mal Meninga

    Feastin’ on a mud crab sanger!

    Rocket Rod, he gets the nod

    Wally Lewis – demigod!

    Knew every blade of Lang Park Stade

    And Blue Care fought against the odds

    Johnny Flynn – the great Gunsynd!

    Was sailing on a Gladstone wind

    Old Clem Jones – he bled maroon

    Matilda winked and Mabo grinned

    Regatta chains for female claims

    82 - The Commonwealth Games

    Our Qantas Roo got up and flew!

    The Longreach Stockman’s Hall Of Fame

    The Belle Hotel and Cloudland fell

    Will McInnes, Charles Chauvel

    With flower clusters, Gympie Musters

    Hugh Lunn - Q1 - Paw Paw Gel

    And Yatala Pies and Noosa Tris

    And gold was Madam Butterfly’s

    And Mango Weis and Leslie Thiess

    And Kingsford Smith – he ruled the skies!

    Now kids alive to do the five

    A place where big pineapples thrive

    The outback honours Graeme Connors

    Lava tubes and lammie drives!

    Hey spend a day on Moreton Bay!

    SES – ICPA

    Tilted trains through fields of cane

    Wotif.com.au ay!

    Ekka Mecca St John’s spire

    Tone Fitzgerald – let’s enquire

    Doctors flying, Dingoes trying

    Old museum and Riverfire

    The Bundy Bear – we’re almost there!

    B&S - School of the Air

    On Rafter’s racquet – Big Grant Hackett!

    Gateway to the Great Court square

    Skyrail leaf – the Barrier Reef

    Brekky Creek does beer and beef

    Expo crowns the Darling Downs

    I’m Glad there’s room for Miss Moncrieff!

    With floods and spuds and stormy scuds

    Dad and Dave was Mister Rudd’s

    Stanthorpe grapes, Panyiri crepes

    And Urban tunes – there ain’t no duds!

    Carnarvon Gorges Bunya grange

    Macadamic nuts exchange

    Royal Ag signs, Koala Pines

    Where none divides except the Range!

    No every feather stands together

    Thick and thin – through any weather

    Cross the Story bridged by glory

    Fastened by a friendly tether

    Strengthened by a spirit crown

    A pride that never lets you down

    With that, I say hip hip hooray

    Happy birthday Queensland town!