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Tuesday 14 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

MR ALAN WILLIAM WHIMP

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to people with a disability and their carers, including as a member of the management committee and volunteer treasurer for Backstop House, the centre established in Petrie by Backstop, the Queensland charity developed by the rugby community for families of boys who have sustained spinal injuries playing rugby.

MR WAYNE WILLIAM SACHS

 

Ambulance Service Medal

For service to communities across Queensland with the Queensland Ambulance Service and its predecessor organisation, serving in positions across the State, ranging from Honorary Bearer to Officer-in-Charge in Gympie, supporting community awareness through contributions to the Local Ambulance Committee, and applying clinical ability and leadership capability to ensure excellence in patient care.

MRS JANELLE SUE THURLBY

 

Public Service Medal

For outstanding public service to financial management and planning in Queensland, through Queensland Public Service roles including Assistant Under Treasurer, with responsibility for portfolios including health, education and justice, developing a high level of knowledge of policy, program and service delivery which enabled exemplary briefings and advice to government. 

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT CRAIG ANDREW HANLON

 

Australian Police Medal

For outstanding dedication and commitment to the Queensland Police Service, through excellence in organisational improvement, change management and operational planning, especially to the development of the Road Policing Command, and as a role model whose leadership abilities and professionalism reflect the high standards expected of an officer of the QPS.

MRS NANCY DAWN BATES

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Maryborough, as a journalist and editor for the Fraser Coast Chronicle and its predecessor, and as a committee member, director, president or chairman of a wide range of Maryborough entities in fields including early childhood education, arts, entertainment, community service, facilities, and regional development. 

MRS LORNA APELT

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to aged welfare, as a volunteer, including at Ningana aged care facility in Dalby, as well as other volunteer work for the Dalby Meals on Wheels, the tennis association and the Dalby Citizen Band.

THE LATE PROFESSOR STEVEN RUSSELL RAINE

 

TO BE RECEIVED BY MRS TRISH RAINE

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to soil science, through extensive publications and leadership roles with Soil Science Australia and associated professional bodies; to agriculture as an expert member of a wide range of specialist technical committees and panels; and to education through professorial and executive positions at the University of Southern Queensland.

MR VAUGHAN GREGORY JOHNSON

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the people and Parliament of Queensland, as the Member for Gregory, the Chief Government Whip and as a Minister and Shadow Minister, and to the community, as a member and board member of various community organisations and as Drought Commissioner, advancing the interests of regional and remote Queenslanders.

MR CHRISTIAN LHOTKA

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Widgee, through the Widgee Rural Fire Brigade, the Widgee War Memorial Committee and the Widgee Action Group, and to the Queensland community, through an extensive career in education, as a teacher and principal of schools particularly in Central and North Queensland.

THE REVEREND BETH O'NEILL

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Blackall, as Deacon and Honorary Priest-In-Charge of the Anglican Parish of Barcoo, as a Councillor and in other roles for Blackall Shire Council and Blackall Tambo Regional Council, and as a member of committees supporting the local ambulance, hospital, and aged care facility.