Hall of Fame Awards

FNQ’s Italian/Australians top achievers

An important part of the festival is the Hall of Fame awards, which are a yearly celebration of past and present Italian/Australians who made a significant contribution to the North Queensland region in Farming, Business, Development, Community Service, Sport, and Arts and Culture. We must not forget those who made a difference to make North Queensland what it is today.

The Hall of Fame Awards are presented each year at the Gala Ball.


Award Categories include:

  1. Community Service Award
  2. Farming and Agriculture Award
  3. Business Recognition Award
  4. Developing and Building Award
  5. Educational Achievement Award
  6. Sporting Achievement Award
  7. Arts and Culture Achievement Award
  8. Young Italian of the Year
  9. Life member, voted by the Cairns Italian Festival Committee

We are now accepting nominations, nominate now!

Hall of Fame 2023 Award Winners


Life Member: Mike Borzi

Young Italian of the Year: Claudio Di Bartolomeo

Arts and Culture: Roz Pappalardo

Business Recognition: Vitalia Zanda

Sporting Achievement: Frank Farina

Educational Achievement: Floriana Torelli

Farming and Agriculture: Elvio Meoli

Hall of Fame 2022 Award Winners

Life Member: Louie Piccone

Young Italian of the Year: Angelo Senna

Arts and Culture: Gina and Lui Codotto

Community Service: Giuliano Cordenos

Business Recognition: Peppi Iovannella

Sporting Achievement: Alberto Avolio

Educational Achievement: Alberto Avolio

Farming and Agriculture:  Romolo Beghin