A BRISBANE police sergeant's commitment to multiculturalism has led to him being named 2009 Queenslander of the Year.
Premier Anna Bligh last night presented the award to Sergeant Jim Bellos from the metropolitan south region.
She said Sgt Bellos policed a region with an increasing number of new residents who spoke more than 150 different languages and practised over 130 different faiths.
Sgt Bellos has established community consultative groups, multi-faith dinners, information sessions and a multicultural sporting program for 6000 youths.
In January Sgt Bellos was recognised in Lord Mayor Campbell Newman's Australia Day awards for his sport program, "For the Love of the Game".
Sgt Bellos said he developed the idea after noticing developing tensions between young people of different ethnicities.
Chinese youth community spokesman Chiu-Hing Chan was named Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year.
Domestic and family violence social research expert Heather Nancarrow won the Community Spirit award.