Brisbane has some great achievers, both as individuals and businesses, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Our city offers a business-friendly environment, a young, educated multicultural society and an enviable climate — it’s hardly surprising people want to do business in Brisbane.
It was my pleasure to mingle with some of our most outstanding business leaders at the recent ninth annual Lord Mayor’s Business Awards.

These Awards recognise the contributions that businesses and individuals make to our community and our local economy, and I have to say, each year the recipients reinforce everything I believe about this city.

These individuals and businesses play a critical role in establishing Brisbane as Australia’s new world city and a hub for innovation, investment, education, conventions and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

I’m pleased to have been able to recognise some of our strong achievers, and this years’ awards saw predominately women at the top.

Julieanne Alroe, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation, was named Business Person of the Year and Associate Professor Dimity Dornan AO, founder of the Hear and Say Centres for Deaf Children, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award.

Ms Alroe has been a remarkable leader at Brisbane Airport Corporation since her appointment as CEO in 2009. She holds a number of other board positions with Australia TradeCoast Limited, Tourism and Events Queensland, Urban Futures Brisbane and the Queensland Theatre Company.

Brisbane Airport Corporation also won the 2014 Award for Corporate Citizenship which follows its win last year for Sustainability in Business.

With Ms Alroe at the helm, Brisbane Airport has won numerous awards, including the 2014 Skytrax World Airport Awards third place ranking for airports servicing 20 to 30 million passengers.

Associate Professor Dimity Dornan was recognised for the ongoing success of the Hear and Say clinics that were founded in 1992 which today help more than 650 children across six centres.
Associate Professor Dornan was one of the first people to graduate in Speech Therapy at The University of Queensland and she has been a trailblazer ever since. This year Dr Dornan received an AO in the Australia Day Honours, having previously been made a Member to the Order of Australia in 1998 and Queenslander of the Year in 2010.

Creator of global video game phenomenon Fruit Ninja, Phil Larsen from Halfbrick won Young Business Person of the Year. Mr Larsen is one of our poster faces in our global Choose Brisbane campaign which is about getting Brisbane known overseas and leveraging G20. PLACE Design Group was awarded the title of the Doing Business in Asia category.

You can see the other great individual and business winners of the 2014 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards at