Thurston is one of four nominated for the Queensland-based honours.

The 34-year-old has played 37 games for Queensland and 39 Tests for Australia and was key to the Maroons dynasty which has seen the notherners claim 11 of the past 12 Origin series. 

The Cowboys captain has been nominated for his work as an indigenous mentor with the star halfback grounded for most of the year with injury.

Homeless women’s advocate Rochelle Courtenay and surgeon Dr Glenn Gardner have also been nominated for the 2018 award.

Brisbane Broncos chief executive Paul White is also a contender.