Redlands' shining stars nominated in Queensland Young Achiever Awards

LITTER LEGEND: Layne Utz is one of the Redlanders nominated in the Young Achiever Awards.
LITTER LEGEND: Layne Utz is one of the Redlanders nominated in the Young Achiever Awards.

LITTER warrior Layne Utz, entrepreneur Rebecca Christensen and hockey coach Evie Massingham are among the Redlanders nominated for Queensland Young Achiever Awards.

The awards, which began in 2016, celebrate positive achievements of young people up to 29 years of age.

Categories include of health and wellbeing, small business, regional achiever, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement, leadership, create change, women empowering others and community volunteer.

Category winners each receive $2000 and a trophy.

Mr Utz, 17, of Thornlands, has been on a crusade to clean up the Redlands since 2018, and has hosted more than 70 volunteer clean-ups.

He is responsible for removing hundreds of bags of rubbish from the environment.

He is nominated for the Awards Australia Community Volunteer Award.

Ms Christensen, 26, is a former fashion photographer, but, like many, found herself in a tough position when COVID-19 hit.

She turned her attention to creating her own business, called wearenotvibes, which creates body-shaped candles promoting body positivity.

Each month, Ms Christensen nominates a charity to receive a portion of her profits, and has donated more than $6000 so far.

She is up for the Qoin Small Business Achiever Award.

Capalaba's Ms Massingham, 24, is a big name in Redlands hockey circles as a coach and standout player.

In 2019, Ms Massingham was selected in the SWU/QUT side in the Brisbane Women's Hockey Association, the first division 1 side the club had fielded in 25 years.

The keen player, also a primary school teacher, was described as having an infectious spirit and a passion for expanding hockey into the broader community.

She is nominated for the Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Award.

The Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will be chosen from the pool of winners from each category.

Redlander Madina Mohmood took out the top prize in 2019, for her work promoting cultural diversity and empowering young women.

"Now more than ever, all Australians need to support multiculturalism, unity and peace," she said after her win.

"We must to stand together against hate and injustice and love indiscriminately."

Nominations close Thursday, January 19.

Judging will take place on March 10, and finalists will be presented and winners announced at a gala dinner on May 7.

To submit a nomination, visit to