The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
2019 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee
Ms Sandra RichardsState: Queensland
Sandra Richards is passionate about the land and her community. She hand-planted a hardwood plantation and is now creating an innovative wood-plastic product, providing jobs to the Townsville region. Despite personal health challenges, she’s a prolific volunteer, lending her time to a wide range of community and charitable organisations.
Sandra Richards is passionate about the land and her community. While running cattle farms in outback Queensland and bringing up five children, she ran a remote school for children, and held pottery classes for isolated neighbours.
In 2003, Sandra hand-planted 10,000 African mahogany trees, and helped found the Mahogany Processors Co-Op. A committed environmentalist, she's now using mahogany and recycled plastic waste to create an innovative wood plastic product, providing more jobs to the Townsville region.
Sandra has survived five major surgeries, breast cancer, a major quad bike accident and a life-threatening blood-clotting condition.
Despite these challenges, she's devoted significant time to her community, including as Chairperson of the United Graziers Association's Chairperson, Matilda Merino Association's founder and chairperson; the Richard Horse Racing Club's cook, and the Girl Guides and Brownies' District Commissioner. As President of Townsville's Inner Wheel, she established a thrift shop for the Red Cross; fundraises for the cord blood bank and makes pillows for heart patients.