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Friday 13 September 2019

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, with Mrs Kaye de Jersey, will present 9 Far North Queensland residents with Australian Honours and Awards at a special ceremony in Cairns on Saturday, 14 September 2019.

Presenting awards and honours under the Australian honours system – the highest form of recognition in Australia – is one of the Governor’s key ceremonial duties.

The Governor will present the following Australian Honours and Awards:

APPOINTED AN OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Emeritus Professor Scott BOWMAN 

For distinguished service to higher education, notably in rural and regional areas through roles as Vice-Chancellor, Deputy and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean and head of school at Central Queensland University, James Cook University, University of South Australia, Charles Sturt University, and Universities Australia.

AWARDED A MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE GENERAL DIVISION

Mr Keith Raymond McDONALD

For service to conservation and the environment as a principal technical officer with the Department of Environment and Science, as senior and chief ranger with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, as a volunteer consultant, and as a member and elected leader in organisations including the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.

Miss Lisa MICHL KO-MANGGÉN

For service to Indigenous visual arts as both an award-winning artist with work in several major collections, and as a member of advisory and reference bodies and boards related to Indigenous arts and owner of Cape York Art.

The Honourable Martin James TENNI

For service to the Parliament of Queensland as a member, minister and ministerial representative, and to the community through committees associated with the Cairns campus of James Cook University, membership of numerous community, service and school organisations, and leadership roles including in local government.

Ms Julia Helen VOLKMAR

For service to community history through membership of the Cairns and District Chinese Association and through co-founding the Hap Wah and Andrew Leon Historical Project as well as publishing other historical material related to the Hap Wah company, the Cleary family, and other significant individuals and families in the district.

Mr Reginald WILLIAMS

For service to the Indigenous community of Queensland through positions as chairman and board member on a range of committees, and leadership roles on the Bamaga Island and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Councils, and through founding and acting as a director of Bamaga Enterprises.

AWARDED THE CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL

Chief Petty Officer Lyndon Montgomery QUIRKE

For meritorious achievement, dedication and leadership as a Senior Technical Officer of Cape Byron and Cape Inscription, and for his efforts in 2017 to assist the grounded Australian Border Force Cutter Roebuck Bay and her crew, thereby helping prevent further damage to the vessel and averting a potential ecological disaster.

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR GALLANTRY

Mr (then Corporal) Stephen Geoffrey BLOOMFIELD

For acts of gallantry in action as a Special Air Service Regiment medical assistant left alone for three days in enemy territory to tend to a severely wounded fellow soldier who had been gored by an elephant in Kalimantan on the island of Borneo during the Indonesian-Malaysian Confrontation in June 1965.

AWARDED THE COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

Mr Wayne Lesley HARRIS

On the afternoon of 1 February 1972, Mr Wayne Harris rescued a young boy from a burning house in Broken Hill, New South Wales.

Mr Harris, then aged 14 years, was at the family home in Broken Hill when he became aware that the house was on fire.

He immediately raced outside and placed a garden hose through the front window of the house in an effort to extinguish the flames, which were taking hold of the dwelling. At that point, he became aware that his younger brother was still inside.

He quickly entered through the front door and was forced to his hands and knees due to the thick smoke. He began to make his way towards the centre of the home from where he could hear someone crying. Following the sounds, he was able to locate his younger brother who was in a smoke filled room. Mr Harris picked up the boy and managed to throw him out of a nearby window to a waiting neighbour. He then was able to find his way back out of the house to safety.

For his actions, Mr Harris is commended for brave conduct.

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