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Tuesday 07 July 2020

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland, today presented Australian Honours and Awards to the following Queenslanders: 

Awardee/s

Citation/s

MRS DENISE HANLY

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Ipswich, as Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Ipswich City Council and through leadership positions with the Rotary Club of Ipswich City, membership of Ipswich Hospice, and contributions as chair, board member and volunteer for other organisations including Ipswich Events Corporation and Rugby League Ipswich.

DR PETER RIDDLES

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to science, biotechnology and innovation, through leadership positions with CSIRO, AusBiotech, Innovation Australia and the Industry Research Development Board, as well as roles in industry, in enterprise initiatives at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, and in government and industry advisory bodies in Queensland and internationally. 

PASTOR LANCE GREGORY MERGARD

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community through social welfare organisations, including roles in both Queensland and New South Wales as a minister, welfare worker, and as the founder, Senior Chaplain and Chief Executive Officer of ChaplainWatch, a community charity which intervenes when people are in crisis, at risk, and in need. 

MRS MARLENE JOY OWEN

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Gympie, as a founding member of Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola, as a volunteer for the Gympie Music Muster, the Gympie Show, Little Haven Palliative Care, as an advocate and volunteer for the homeless, and through involvement with other charitable activities in the Gympie area.

MS HELEN FRANCIS FERGUSON

 

Public Service Medal

For outstanding public service to social policy development and implementation in Queensland, improving the lives of many Queenslanders through multiple roles, including as Assistant Director-General in the Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors, and working to ensure the success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. 

MRS BARBARA MAY DAWSON

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to veterans and their families, as President and senior office bearer positions with the Women’s Royal Australian Army Corps Association Queensland, the Ex-Servicewomen’s Association, Kedron Wavell Services Club, and for the Queensland Branch of the Girl in a Million Contest.

MR COLIN BRIAN CASSIDY

 

Public Service Medal

For outstanding public service to economic development, corporate services and town planning in Queensland, achieving significant outcomes for communities and leading major policy and legislative reform through effective public administration in entities including Moreton Shire Council and in senior positions with the Queensland Government.

WARRANT OFFICER CLASS ONE JOSHUA PAUL ANDREWS

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division

 

For meritorious service and exceptional commitment to the continuous advancement of Army's Geospatial Intelligence capability, displaying exceptional leadership, outstanding technical acumen, dedicated professionalism and the relentless pursuit of excellence that have been instrumental in transforming Army’s capability in this field into a modern, professional and innovative force.

 

MS CAROL (CARLOTTA) SPENCER

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to the performing arts and to the LGBTIQ community, as an actor, entertainer, cabaret performer and television personality under the stage name ‘Carlotta’, as a long-term advocate for LGBTIQ rights and supporter of charities including Youth Off the Streets, AIDS Trust of Australia, and Variety.

 

MR ROBERTO SEROLA

 

Commendation for Brave Conduct

 

On the morning of 17 February 2018, Mr Roberto Serola rescued an injured surfer at Burleigh Beach in Queensland.

 

Mr Serola was surfing at Burleigh Beach when he noticed a surfer get knocked off her board by the large swell. The young woman was submerged for a short time before resurfacing and floating close to some rocks.

 

He quickly paddled over to her. As he got closer, he could hear her screaming for help, and he noticed that she had a significant leg injury. He got off his surfboard but kept it strapped to his leg. Holding onto the young woman, he swam her towards a safer area.

 

Large waves continued to pound the pair, directly hitting the young woman's injured leg and causing her further pain. Mr Serola positioned his body to prevent the waves directly hitting the injured leg, and continued to reassure her that she would be alright.

 

After approximately 20 minutes, they reached shallower water and Mr Serola carried the injured young woman ashore where surf lifesavers attended to her until emergency services arrived.

 

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

 

ADJUNCT ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ROBERT JOHN WILDERMUTH

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to the building and construction industry, through roles with the Australian Institute of Building, the Institute’s Queensland Chapter, the Queensland Master Builders Association, and higher education institutions, in addition to professional committee appointments and management and board positions with a wide range of related building and construction companies.

 

MRS GEORGINA BYROM

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to the Anglican Church of Australia, particularly Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church, Indooroopilly, in roles including Parish Council Member, Sunday School Coordinator, and Chairperson of the Chaplaincy Committee for Schools, and to education, as a teacher and through membership and leadership roles at State and national level within the Queensland Teachers’ Union and TAFE. 

 

MS CATHERINE EMILY COX

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to the performing arts through choral music in roles including Music Director, Brisbane Chorale and Founding Music Director, Canticum Chamber Choir, Director and Chorusmaster for projects with major Queensland ensembles and companies, through involvement in major community music projects, and as lecturer and examiner at the Queensland Conservatorium.

 

MS JULIE ETCHELLS

 

Public Service Medal

 

For outstanding public service to children and families in need in Queensland, through leadership roles in service delivery to rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, demonstrating commitment and dedication to abused and neglected children, victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, children with a disability and families in need.

 

EMERITUS PROFESSOR CINDY SHANNON

 

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to Indigenous health and medical education, through leadership and academic positions in TAFE and higher education institutions, including Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Engagement at the University of Queensland, and as chair and member of various committees, panels and advisory bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council. 

 

MS FAIZA EL-HIGZI

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For service to the community through roles with social welfare organisations, supporting multiculturalism and social services, promoting women’s health and the advancement of Australian Muslim women, as advisor to the National Council of Women Queensland, as founder of Create Global leadership development platform, and as Director, Romero Centre, Mercy Community Services.

 

MR ANTHONY ALEXANDER SHAW

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

 

For significant service to rugby union, as a player and as captain of the Australian Wallabies and Queensland Reds, and through executive positions with the Australian Rugby Union, Queensland Rugby, and Brothers Rugby Club, and coaching roles for the Under 21 Australian team and Northern Suburbs and Brothers Rugby Clubs.