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Wednesday 01 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 FRED CONWAY

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to conservation and the environment, as a ranger in the Carnarvon National Park, and through assisting with the foundation of the Aboriginal Seasonal Ranger Program, utilising his knowledge and expertise as an Elder and custodian of the Bidgera People.

SERGEANT MATTHEW JOHN O’BRIEN AND

SERGEANT AGNELLE AMELIA BAGETTI

 

Group Bravery Citations

On the evening of 25 February 2015, Sergeant Matthew John O’Brien, Sergeant Agnelle Amelia Bagetti and other Queensland Police Officers were involved in the extraction of a man from a burning vehicle at Mount Gravatt in Queensland.

At about 6pm, Queensland Police were notified of a man attempting self-harm on a freeway in Mount Gravatt.  When the officers arrived on the scene, they located a man sitting in his stationary vehicle on the inside lane of the busy freeway. He was highly agitated, in possession of a five litre fuel can, a cigarette lighter and three knives.  The car was locked with the engine running and the man's clothing appeared wet with fuel.

One of the officers spoke to the man and listened to his demands. At this time, the driver was refusing to leave the vehicle and began to remove his wet clothing. He had the fuel container open on his lap and fuel was visible as he tilted it backwards.  The officer remained in conversation with the man through a small gap in the driver's window, whilst other officers were located at the rear driver's side corner of the vehicle awaiting instruction.

The man then lit a cigarette, doused himself and the inside of the vehicle with fuel, removed more of his clothing, and wound up the window. The man lit the fuel and the flames immediately filled the vehicle. Evacuation actions commenced on both sides of the vehicle with the driver and passenger windows smashed. Fire officers then pushed hoses through the passenger and rear windows in order to extinguish the flames.

One officer lunged into the vehicle, grabbing the man with both hands, whilst another officer hit the cigarette lighter away from the man. Both officers then pinned the man against the inside of the driver's door, and with the assistance of other officers, removed the driver from the burning vehicle.

For their actions, the recipients are recognised by the award of the Group Bravery Citation.

MS SARAH BRADLEY

 

Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For distinguished service to the law and the judiciary, as a Judge, Magistrate, committee chairman, lawyer and through other law-related positions; to women in the legal profession, including as member and President of the Australian Association of Women Judges; and to the community, through leadership roles in a range of entities.

MRS JANET IRIS THOMAS

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to youth through the Girls Brigade, as a Leader of the Balgowlah Methodist Church and Taringa Companies, Captain of the 69th Brisbane Company at St Lucia Uniting Church, and Leader and Co-Captain of the 56th Brisbane company at Moore Park Baptist Church, as well as volunteer religious instruction.

MS VICKI GAYLE MCDONALD

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to librarianship and professional associations through senior roles in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, as National President of the Australian Library and Information Association, as State Librarian and CEO, State Library of Queensland, and in senior positions with the State Library of New South Wales.

MR GREGORY WAYNE WILLIAMS

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to public administration, through Queensland Corrective Services as a Correctional Officer for the Wacol Correctional Centre and as State Vehicle Coordinator for the Escort and Security Branch, with responsibility for the safe and secure transportation of prisoners between corrective services facilities and places such as courts and hospitals.

MR MICHAEL

WAI-MAN CHOI

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the people of Queensland, through advisory and ambassadorial roles with Brisbane City, Redland City and Toowoomba Regional Councils, and through organisations associated with the Chinese community, and for service to the Parliament of Queensland, as Member for Capalaba and Parliamentary Secretary in a range of portfolios. 

DR MURRAY JOHN GARDE

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the Indigenous community of the Northern Territory, as an interpreter in several indigenous languages, as a linguistic and anthropological consultant, through a number of academic appointments in the field of linguistics, culture and history, and as a member of advisory bodies on Indigenous ecological management.

MR JOHN LESLIE MCCOY

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the broadcast media, and to the community, as a sports commentator, broadcaster and program host on radio and television in Sydney and Brisbane, as Board Director, Mater Health Services, and as President of Tattersall’s Club and Tattersall’s Racing Club.

MR WILLIAM ARTHUR GOODREM

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community of Mornington Peninsula, as Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of the Mornington Peninsula Shire, and through the Lions Club of Rye, Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organisations, and to the community of Southport in Queensland, as a member and President of the Lions Club of Southport. 

THE LATE LIEUTENANT COLONEL BARRY PETERSEN MC (Retd)

To be received by Mrs Carmel Pascoe

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the international community of Thailand, as founder and director of the consultancy and business services company, Lang Suan House, and through membership of the Australia-Thailand Chamber of Commerce and New Zealand Thai Chamber of Commerce, and author of a book relating his experiences in Vietnam.

MR DESMOND JOHN HOGAN

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to rugby union, as a member, player and coach, and variously as a club representative, committee member, chair, treasurer and administration manager of aspects of Brothers Rugby Club, and as a committee member for Queensland Junior Rugby League and Queensland Rugby Union.

EMERITUS PROFESSOR ACRAM MOLMOLOOK TAJI

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to education, and to horticultural science, particularly to plant biotechnology, as a Professor in the School of Agricultural Computational and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southern Queensland, and through academic, leadership and advisory and roles at universities in Australia and the Asia region.

MS CAROLINE O'CONNOR

 

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the performing arts, particularly to musical theatre, as an actor, singer, dancer and performing artist in leading roles on stage and screen in major productions in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, including The Boy from Oz, Moulin Rouge, Chicago, and West Side Story.

MRS ELEFTHERIA VICTORIA ZOGRAFOS

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the multicultural community of Queensland.

DR CHRISTOPHER JOHN QUINN

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to research science in the field of plant systematics, specifically as a world expert in the systematics and evolution of Australasian and other Southern Hemisphere plant families; as an Honorary Research Associate in two major Australian herbaria; and in a range of roles within the University of New South Wales.

MR IAN DUNCAN STEWART APM

 

Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For distinguished service to law enforcement, as Commissioner of Police in Queensland and as Chair and Board Member of the Australian Crime Intelligence Commission and its predecessor, and to the community, as inaugural State Disaster Coordinator and through research and fellowships with organisations advancing public administration.