TNQ Innovation Awards

TNQ Innovation Awards 2018 Winners

Seven awards have been presented in the 2018 Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards at the Tanks Arts Centre.

DOG treats made from fish that would otherwise go to waste through the commercial fishing industry, a building project management tool, and an after-market barbecue product are among the winners in the 2018 Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards (TNQIA).

All Fish For Dogs treats and chews are made entirely from Australian wild caught fish. The range of healthy dog treats and chews are made from under-utilised fish and fish by-products from the commercial fishing industry.

The Mission Beach-based business took out both the Proven Innovation and Eco Innovation awards at this evening’s TNQIA presentation at the Tanks Arts Centre.

The Pipeline Innovation Award went to Allaro Homes Cairns for its PropIntel software solutions, which can be used by project teams to provide a coordinated and visual approach to construction projects.

The result of 10 years’ development, PropIntel comprises four software programs that create a real-time network for architects, engineers and builders to manage their projects.

Freedom Prosthetics was recognised through the Social Innovation Award for the design and implementation of a low-cost but high-quality 3D-printed component to assist amputees in developing countries.

The Mayor’s Inspire Award was presented to TB2 BBQ Smokers FNQ’s Kettle Kone – an aftermarket barbecue accessory that is designed for hot and fast cooking.

The Kettle Kone was developed in the wake of a family tragedy and was the product of determination and focus that helped drive its makers through their emotional hardship.

The People’s Choice Award was taken out by Tolga Year 5 student Kelby Cifuentes for his Toadanator – an easy-to-use trap that targets cane toad tadpoles with the goal of reducing toad populations.


  • Pipeline Innovation Award – PropIntel by Allaro Homes Cairns
  • Proven Innovation Award – All Fish For Dogs
  • Eco Innovation Award – All Fish For Dogs
  • Social Innovation Award – Freedom Prosthetics, Freedom Socket Valve
  • Young Entrepreneur Award – The Toadanator
  • Mayor’s Inspire Award – TB2 BBQ Smokers FNQ Kettle Kone
  • People’s Choice Award – The Toadanator

2018 Awards

Entries for the 2018 TNQIAs are now closed.

Major Award categories

  • Proven Innovation Award - for innovative products, processes and/or services in post-commercialisation stage (released to market or actively in commercial use).
  • Pipeline Innovation Award - for innovative products, services or processes in development stage (progressed past an idea, prototype developed, at scoping or testing phase).

Specialty Awards

  • Eco Innovation Award - for innovations that deliver specific environmental benefits.
  • Indigenous Innovation Award - for innovative organisations with majority ownership/directorship by Indigenous persons.
  • Social Innovation Award - for innovative new solutions to social issues to create or enhance social value.
  • Young Entrepreneurs Award - for entrants aged 25 years and under (as at 14 September 2018).

Inspiration Awards

  • People's Choice Award - to be chosen by public vote during October 2018 (after shortlisting by the judging panel).
  • Mayor's Inspire Award - for a stand-out innovation, selected by the Mayor.

Awards presentation event 22 November

The TNQ Innovation Awards presentation event keynote speaker is Dr Amantha Imber, an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium. She has helped companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, Disney, Virgin Australia and many others to innovate more successfully.

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People's Choice Award - Vote Now!

Voting is now open for People's Choice Award - let’s recognise and reward our brightest sparks!

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All Fish for Dogs treats and chews are made entirely from Australian wild caught fish. The range of dog treats and chews are made from the under-utilised fish and fish by-products from the commercial fishing industry.

Beach Harvest Coconut Chips are made coconuts that are sustainably harvested in the Port Douglas region to create delicious gluten-free, vegan, keto, paleo, vegetarian, low carb, preservative free snacks.

The Brain Room provides a space and the very best treatment and technologies for people suffering from brain-based issues such as ADHD, PTSD, Parkinson’s, and TBI to rehabilitate their brain’s capacity and enable everyday people, business owners, student.

The Cairns Aquarium & Reef Research Centre is a major tourist attraction and marine science research facility where visitors experience an interactive, fun and educational journey through ten biodiverse ecosystems. is a preventative health website that provides a comprehensive list of scientifically proven recommendations for each year of your life based on specific lifestyle, family and personal history details. It is anonymous and free.

Freedom Prosthetics provides positive outcomes to amputees of all activity levels by using innovative manufacturing technology to offer a streamlined treatment path.

Funki Trunki is an eco-friendly themed party supplier for children’s parties. Instead of offering supplies for sale, Funki Trunki offers them for hire with a delivery and pick-up service.

The Gathar interactive app allows users to search for local cooks, choose menus and book dinner parties. A team then arrives at your home to serve up a dinner party taking care of all the time-consuming laborious jobs.

Kuranda eCohousing is a not for profit community offering people a place to down-size possessions, reduce the size of their house and decrease their dependence on family or government through sharing space and resources.

MaxTrac is an innovative and revolutionary tracked, all-terrain, electric powered chair designed to be driven over almost any surface to overcome many of those insurmountable obstacles faced by a traditional electric wheelchair.

The Narrow Trencher bucket can be used in place of traditional 300mm wide buckets and be attached to a small backhoe or excavator to dig a trench 65mm wide and up to 800mm deep in all terrain types.

Pack & Pop helps simplify vitamin taking with a subscription model providing packaged vitamins in convenient 28 daily sachets delivered free across Australia.

PropIntel is an end to end platform technology solution where building projects can be managed, built and visualised using four software programs that creates a real-time network for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.

The Swipe-n-Like social media smart tag uses NFC (near field communication) to broaden the social media fanbase of small to medium-sized businesses by allowing their customers to quickly and easily connect to their Facebook page and ‘like’ their page.

The Toadanator is an easy to use innovative trap that targets toad reduction by focussing on the tadpole stage and is fully enclosed, trapping the tadpoles to be disposed of humanely.

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About the Awards

At Cairns Regional Council, we know that the spirit of innovation offers a competitive advantage to businesses operating within the Tropical North Queensland region and, through our Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards (TNQIA), we continue to recognise, reward and support those who capture this spirit.  The Awards:

  • recognise, reward and support innovation, invention and commercialisation across the Tropical North Queensland region;
  • promote a climate of pride in the region’s business community; and
  • provide a platform for business promotion, collaboration and development.

In total, 54 entries were received for the 2018 TNQIA under two major award categories: Best Proven Innovation and Best Pipeline Innovation.

Mayor Bob Manning said the awards aim to encourage entrepreneurial endeavours in Tropical North Queensland.

“The awards recognise products and services that are already out in the marketplace, but also those that are still in the development phase.

“We hope the experience and exposure gained through the awards will help these innovations reach the next step toward business success.

The awards presentation will be held on Thursday 22 November at the Tanks Arts Centre with keynote speaker Dr Amantha Imber.

Dr Imber is an innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium.


Do you want to be part of this exciting initiative? Tailored sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2018 TNQIAs. Contact Council's Senior Events Officer to discuss TNQIA partnership options.

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Last updated: 04 December 2018