Taxi industry prepares to celebrate its top achievers

Media release
22 November 2019

Queensland’s taxi industry will gather next week to celebrate the drivers, operators and staff members who have excelled during 2019. The annual Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) awards will take place at Brisbane’s Rydges Hotel at South Bank on the evening of Tuesday 26 November.

Nominations are in and the shortlists for each of the hotly contested eight categories have been drawn up. The winners of the highly regarded awards will be decided by a judging panel made up of Natasha Montesalvo, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and John Mayo, Spinal Life Australia. The standard of entries is higher than ever before proving to be an exciting year for the industry.

Each finalist receives a certificate acknowledging their contribution to the industry, with the winner of each category also taking home an engraved trophy.

TCQ CEO, Blair Davies, thanked all those who submitted nominations this year and wished all the finalists the best of luck for the night.

“It’s important for the taxi industry to come together each year and recognise the hard work and commitment every one of us has put into the community. It’s a night of celebration, and our nominated drivers, operators and staff members can be very proud of their achievements,” Mr Davies said.

“For years, our cabbies have been helping communities large and small across the State get to where they need to be and have become an essential part of people’s daily lives. Our annual awards night continues to be a highlight of the year and it’s fantastic to acknowledge the dedication and hard work amongst our industry.”

The shortlists are:

Staff Excellence Award: 

  • Debbie Morrison (13 Cabs Ipswich)
  • Kris McKinnon (13 Cabs Gold Coast)
  • Natasha Amstad (13 Cabs Gold Coast)

Young Achiever Award: 

  • Greg Neighbours (13 Cabs Brisbane)
  • Benjamin Lee (13Cabs Gold Coast)
  • Joanna Stahl (Cabcharge)

Women in Taxis Award: 

  • Debbie Morrison (13 Cabs Ipswich)
  • Anne Spain (Black & White Toowoomba)
  • Cecilia Hooper (Emerald Taxis)

Significant Achiever Award: 

  • Stefan Przybysz (13 Cabs Brisbane)
  • Noel and Anne Spain (Black & White Toowoomba)
  • Aaron Lacey (13 Cabs Brisbane)

Operator of the Year Award (1-20 Vehicles):

  • Andrews Taxis (Black & White Cabs)
  • Caroline Przybysz (13 Cabs Brisbane)
  • Navneet Sandhar (Cairns Taxis)

Operator of the Year Award (20+ Vehicles): 

  • KG Taxis (Black & White Cabs)
  • Debbie Morrison (13 Cabs Ipswich)

Driver of the Year (Wheelchair Accessible Taxi):

  • David Chetcuti (13 Cabs Mackay)
  • Kulbeer Singh Grewal
  • Damian Peace

Driver of the Year (Conventional Taxi):

  • Joseph Abboud (Black & White Cabs)
  • George Hodges (Cairns Taxis)
  • Kuldip Sall Singh