Australian Bravery Decorations August 2023
On behalf of all Queenslanders, Her Excellency congratulates and thanks the following five recipients of Australian Bravery Decorations for their courage and selfless sacrifice:
Miss Alicia Maree BAIN, Coolangatta, QLD 4225
Miss Alicia Bain displayed considerable bravery by her actions following a shark attack in Greenmount, Queensland on 8 September 2020.
Mr Esira SALUSALU, Indooroopilly, QLD, 4068
Mr Esira Salusalu displayed considerable bravery by his actions during an assault in Forest Lake, Queensland on 14 August 2017.
Commendation for Brave Conduct
Mr Steven John BRADBURY OAM, Northgate, QLD, 4017
Mr Steven Bradbury is commended for brave conduct for his actions during the rescue of four teenagers from rough seas in Caloundra, Queensland on 5 March 2022.
Mr Turawaho HEMOPO, Springfield, QLD, 4300
Mr Turawaho Hemopo is commended for brave conduct for his actions apprehending an offender in Yarrabilba, Queensland on 27 February 2020.
Group Bravery Citation
Senior Constable Kevin Alva MAYO, Cedar Pocket, QLD, 4570
The recipient is recognised with the award of the Group Bravery Citation for his actions during the rescue of a man from a burning vehicle at Gympie in Queensland.
Australian Bravery Decorations recognise acts of bravery where people selflessly put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.
In announcing the latest Australian Bravery List overnight, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), recognised the courageous acts of 13 people across 10 Australian Bravery Decorations.
“Congratulations to the brave people that we are recognising today. Each was confronted with a perilous situation and made a decision to try and save others – their courage is admirable and their selflessness should be celebrated,” the Governor-General said.
“Australian Bravery Decorations are a way for the nation to say to recipients ‘thank you’. I know that recipients are humble and don’t by nature seek the limelight – nevertheless their stories are inspiring.
"The sorts of actions we are recognising today are not without cost – both in the moment and, for some, beyond. To all recipients of these honours: know that we value and celebrate your selflessness and bravery. Australia is proud of you and I encourage you to wear your Australian Bravery Decoration with pride.”
Bravery Decorations are part of the Australian Honours and Awards system, which formally acknowledges the achievements of Australian role models from all walks of life and provides a way to publicly recognise and appreciate their contributions.
Any Queenslander can nominate someone for an award, find out more via the link below.