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Friday 03 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

INSPECTOR COREY MATHEW ALLEN

 

Australian Police Medal

For outstanding dedication and commitment to policing in Queensland, including as Officer in Charge of Brisbane City Station, through leadership, and excellence in change management and operational planning, fostering innovation in policing practice and forging positive change in the approach police take in their interactions with vulnerable persons within the community.

MRS KERRY LOUISE PETERSEN

 

Public Service Medal

For outstanding service to public sector infrastructure projects and programs in Queensland, demonstrating commitment, dedication and determination through an inspiring, collaborative and inclusive leadership style which has enabled teams under her direction to successfully deliver complex infrastructure projects such as the Queensland Government’s role in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

MS MARITA LOUISE COWIE

 

Officer of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to community health in rural and remote areas, through leadership roles with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine and major asthma organisations, and as a member of a range of health- and education-related committees, working groups, taskforces and advisory bodies from State to international level.

SERGEANT WILLIAM BOOTH GILL

 

Conspicuous Service Cross

For outstanding achievement in the implementation of unmanned aerial system capability enhancement in the Royal Australian Air Force, demonstrating remarkable skill, conspicuous leadership, exceptional professionalism and insight in leveraging technology, thereby significantly enhancing capability to detect, deter and respond to threats, and reinforcing positive Australian Defence Force relationships with civilian authorities, international industry and the United States Air Force.

MR MERVYN ARNOLD WARD

 

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to youth, through the Australian Navy Cadets as Commanding Officer and staff member of the Training Ship Paluma, and through the Sail Training Association of Queensland as sailing master, trainer, mentor and volunteer on the 100-foot gaff-rigged schooner South Passage.

MR BARRY ROBERT DOBSON

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to athletics, through Queensland Athletics, serving as a volunteer time-keeper and referee, and as a track umpire for international competitions including Commonwealth and Olympic Games since 1982, as well as serving the Thompson Estate Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club and Queensland Masters Athletics Club in leadership and official roles.

COUNCILLOR DUNCAN ALEXANDER MCINNES

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to agricultural show societies, specifically the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland; to the dairy industry, through leadership roles in the Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative, the Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation and other industry bodies; and to the community, through the Scenic Rim Regional Council and organisations in Harrisville.

CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT MARK PATRICK WHEELER

 

Australian Police Medal

For outstanding commitment to the Queensland Police Service, serving with distinction in appointments and roles in remote, rural and metropolitan areas of the State, including as Chief of Staff to two Commissioners and as Operations Commander during the QPS response to the Lockyer Valley flood disaster, displaying leadership, communication and negotiation skills, enabling effective engagement with community, departmental, government and media stakeholders.

MRS ALISON MOORNA ALEXANDER

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the tourism and hospitality industry as a Food Consultant and advocate for Queensland produce, producers and culinary tourism, including as co-founder of the first Brisbane Farmers’ Market in 2000, and as a long-standing Show Judge and Steward for the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland’s cookery, food and wine competitions.

WARRANT OFFICER CLASS TWO ADAM JOHN LEHANE

 

Conspicuous Service Medal

For meritorious achievement as the Officer in Charge of the 7th Signal Regiment Cadre Cell through extraordinary dedication, hard work, technical acumen, foresight, drive and initiative in the development of Defence’s advanced collection operations capability, resulting in the development of significantly better prepared and qualified advanced collection operators supporting Combined Joint Inter Agency Task Force Operations.

MRS ELVA MARGARET HENDERSON

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to veterans and their families, as a member and in roles as Bingo Convenor, Secretary and President of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Bribie Island Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, and as inaugural president of the Brisbane North Council of Auxiliaries of the League.

MR ALAN BRIAN LAWRY

 

Bravery Medal

In the evening of 17 July 2016, Mr Alan Lawry rescued a woman from a burning house at Coolum in Queensland.

At about 10.30pm, Mr Lawry was at home with his wife when he smelt smoke. He went out his front door and saw a smoke haze over the house across the street. As he approached the house, he saw an orange/red glow coming from inside. He quickly ran to a nearby house and raised the alarm with a neighbour.

Mr Lawry and his neighbour ran to the smoke covered property, jumped the fence and began checking the front door and windows, but they were hot to the touch. They then went to the rear of the house and checked a window and door. They opened the back door and Mr Lawry went in to search for occupants.

Mr Lawry was about one metre inside the house when he located the body of an unconscious female. He dragged her outside and, with the assistance of his neighbour, away from the burning house, placing her in the recovery position. At that stage the woman was breathing and her body was covered in soot.

Mr Lawry and the other man, believing that there may be more occupants in the house, entered the burning dwelling and made their way down the hallway before the intensity of the flames and heat forced them back.

The men then moved the woman to the front of the property where her condition deteriorated. Mr Lawry immediately commenced CPR and continued this until ambulance officers arrived. Meanwhile, the other man and some neighbours began to douse the house with water.

Sadly the woman did not survive the incident.

By his actions, Mr Lawry displayed considerable bravery.

MS TRACEY ANNE EASTWICK

 

 

Ambulance Service Medal

For commitment and dedication to community safety through the Queensland Ambulance Service, particularly through service as a Critical Care Paramedic and Flight Paramedic in the Local Ambulance Service Network in Mackay in roles including Officer-in-Change, manager, acting director, and service coordinator, leading staff during several weather events and tragic incidents. 

MR RODGER JOHN SAMBROOKS

 

Australia Fire Service Medal

For extensive and distinguished dedication and service to community safety, including as a Volunteer Firefighter in Victoria, and in several positions in the Fire and Rescue Service and Rural Fire Service in Queensland including as Captain of the Buderim Fire and Rescue Station and President of the Queensland Auxiliary Firefighters Association.

DR MORRIS ARTHUR LEE

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For international service to the community of Bangladesh, as founder and CEO of Symbiosis International assisting people in Bangladesh living in poverty, and as a volunteer with the Australian Baptist Missionary Society in Bangladesh.

THE LATE MR ROBERT FAWCETT PICKERSGILL

TO BE RECEIVED BY MR DOUGLAS PICKERSGILL

 

Bravery Medal

On the 26 November 1940, Mr Robert Pickersgill rescued a child from a burning homestead near Blackall in Queensland.

At around 12.15 pm on that day, Mr Pickersgill was working at Bonnie Doon sheep station when he and others were alerted to a fire at the nearby homestead.

Mr Pickersgill and others rushed to the house. Using a garden hose, attempts were made to extinguish the fire. Efforts were also made to recover some contents from the homestead, however due to the intense heat, only a few items were able to be retrieved.

At this time, it was noticed that the four year old daughter of the homestead's owners was missing. Without regard for his own safety, Mr Pickersgill immediately entered the burning building and began to search for the child.

He eventually located her in the bathroom of the house where the ceiling had caught fire. He immediately picked up the child and removed her from the house. Soon after the homestead was completely engulfed in flames and destroyed.

By his actions, Mr Robert Pickersgill displayed considerable bravery.

MR PETER TELFORD STOKER

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the mining sector, in roles with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australasian Joint Ore Reserves Committee, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Minerals Council of Australia, and the Committee for Mineral Reserves and International Reporting Standards, and as senior principal consultant with AMC Consultants.

DETECTIVE SENIOR SERGEANT SASHA NAOMI FINNEY

 

 

Australian Police Medal

For outstanding dedication to policing through commitment, skill and excellence in working with community groups and partner agencies to achieve positive outcomes, most recently as Officer in Charge of the Synthetic Drug Operations Unit and as a mentor through tireless work across the LGBTIQ+ community, and for expertise in educating the community about chemical contamination of structures and buildings used for the storage and manufacture of illicit drugs.

MR LINDSAY MARK ADAMS

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the professional speaking industry including as President and Board Member of Professional Speakers Australia, as President of Global Speakers Federation and Chair, Global Speakers Summit in Amsterdam in 2012, in senior roles with the Venue Management Association and in multiple public-speaking training and promotional organisations in Australia.

PROFESSOR SARVA-DAMAN SINGH

 

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to tertiary education, and to the community, as a senior academic in institutions and universities in Queensland and India, as author of multiple publications on Indian history and culture, and through senior roles in organisations promoting Indian culture and supporting the Indian community in Australia.