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Tuesday 22 September 2020

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

DR JOHN ROBERT MACPHERSON

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to people with a disability, and to access and inclusion, as a founding member, committee and board member, and Deputy Chair of the Queenslanders with Disability Network, and through positions with Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government, and roles as an author, adviser and association member.

MR WILLIAM HENRY MARKLEW

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to industrial relations, particularly to trade unions, through leadership roles in the Queensland Branch of the Community and Public Sector Union and a range of other trade union entities, through positions with the Endeavour Foundation including committee member, board member and Chair, North Queensland Northern Zone Sports Committee, and through voluntary community roles.

MR JAMES THOMAS MASSEY

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community, particularly through emergency response organisations, including the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and the Queensland Rural Fire Service, as well as through community associations including the Rotary Club of Stanthorpe, the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society, ArtWorks Granite Belt and the Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.

SQUADRON LEADER JASPER JOHN DOWNEY MCCALDIN

Conspicuous Service Cross

For outstanding achievement in the creation of integrated tactical procedures to maximise air combat effectiveness for the Royal Australian Air Force, as the air combat specialist at Number 88 Squadron, displaying dedication, ingenuity, professionalism beyond his rank and delivering lasting outcomes for the Australian Defence Force and its allies.

MS KERRITH MCDERMOTT

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to public administration in Queensland, including through roles as Senior Inspector in the Office of the Chief Inspector, General Manager of the Etna Creek Correctional Centre and the Capricornia Correctional Centre, General Manager of Statewide Operations, and Deputy Commissioner for Statewide Operations within Queensland Corrective Services.

MR MICHAEL JOSEPH MCDONALD

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to surf lifesaving, as a member of the Surf Life Saving Clubs of Metropolitan Caloundra, Alexandra Headland, and Bilinga, and through roles including Patrol Captain, Duty Officer, and committee office bearer for these clubs, the Sunshine Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia, and Surf Life Saving Queensland. 

PROFESSOR SARAH ELIZABETH MEDLAND

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to medical research in the field of genetics, through QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute,  ENIGMA Neuroimaging Genetics Consortium, the National Health and Medical Research Centre, and the Australian Research Council, and through extensive publications and a wide range of related roles and activities in the field of genetics. 

MR BRUCE JAMES MILLER

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to veterans and their families as Vice-President and President of the Caboolture-Morayfield and District Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia, as a Board member of the Caboolture-Morayfield and District RSL Club and Caboolture Citizens and Services Club, and Patron of the National Servicemen’s Association, Caboolture.

MS ELIZABETH RUTH MOHLE

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to industrial relations, to the nursing profession, and to the superannuation sector, through leadership and governance roles with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, the Queensland Council of Unions, the Queensland Nurses' and Midwives' Union, Queensland Community Alliance, QSuper, HESTA Super Fund and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

PROFESSOR PHILIP LEO PATRICK MORRIS

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to psychiatry, to medical education, and to professional health organisations, through entities including the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Lives Lived Well, the Australian and Gold Coast Medical Associations, Bond University and the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne, and the Pacific Rim and Royal Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Psychiatrists.

MR DAVID ALEXANDER MUIR

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the community through welfare, social justice and charitable organisations, in founding roles and leadership positions, including Chairman and President, with organisations including Foodbank Australia, Foodbank Queensland, Amnesty International Australia, Amnesty International Queensland, Crime Stoppers Queensland, The Clem Jones Group, Real Republic Australia and the Brisbane Metropolitan Lions Club.

SENIOR SERGEANT BRADYN MICHAEL MURPHY APM

Bravery Medal and the Group Bravery Citation

Senior Sergeant Bradyn Murphy of the Queensland Police Service, displayed considerable bravery during the apprehension of two armed offenders following a high speed vehicle pursuit near Tweed Heads in New South Wales on 5 February 2015.

Senior Sergeant Murphy was in pursuit of a car that had been stolen by two men near Brisbane when it crossed the border into New South Wales travelling at very high speed.

As the stolen vehicle crossed the border, a New South Wales police officer and two other Queensland police officers joined in the pursuit.  Up ahead New South Wales police officers successfully deployed road spikes and, after a lengthy high-speed pursuit, smoke came from the stolen vehicle's tyres. It began to sway and slowed down, allowing the two offenders to exit the vehicle.

The driver produced a semi-automatic pistol and fired shots at an officer, who exited his vehicle and, together with Senior Sergeant Murphy, began to pursue the offenders. The offenders ran into oncoming traffic, with one firing his weapon at vehicles in an attempt to commandeer a vehicle.

The armed offender then fired his weapon directly at one of the officers, narrowly missing him and Senior Sergeant Murphy, as well as civilian drivers. One driver slowed down and hit the offender, causing him to drop his weapon.

Both Senior Sergeant Murphy and the New South Wales police officer were able to pin the man to the ground and arrest him. The New South Wales police officer then pursued the second offender who dropped to the ground and was arrested with the assistance of another officer.

By his actions, Senior Sergeant Murphy displayed consideration bravery and is awarded the Bravery Medal and the Group Bravery Citation.

MR CRAIG JOHN HOGARTH

Commendation for Brave Conduct

In the early hours of the morning of the 20th of August 2017, Mr Craig Hogarth rescued two people from a burning building at Kings Beach in Queensland.

Acting Station Officer Hogarth, and his Queensland Fire and Emergency Services colleagues, responded to a direct brigade alarm at a seven storey apartment building in Kings Beach.  On reaching the building they observed that the ground floor was well alight.

After instructing his colleagues on a plan of action, Acting Station Officer Hogarth made his way to an entrance to access the building's fire indicator panel.  To reach the panel he had to cross a three metre concrete walkway with flames leaping across it.  He was forced to crawl close to the wall in order to avoid the flames.

On reaching the fire door of the common area of the unit complex he saw that it had been propped open and thick smoke had filled the area.  Lying on the floor approximately five-seven metres inside were two unconscious people.

He quickly entered the area and dragged the closest person outside and away from the door towards the concrete barrier.  He then requested assistance and for oxygen equipment be bought to his location.

He re-entered the common area and dragged the second person outside and away from the smoke.  He entered the premises for a third time to check for any other occupants, before returning outside and assisting with first aid procedures on the two victims until the arrival of Queensland Ambulance officers.

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

MR KEN NEIL MURTAGH

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to youth, and to education, through roles for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in the Maryborough area, including at St Mary’s College and Maryborough Special School, as a teacher and school sports coordinator, and as a convenor, official, coach and manager for Wide Bay School Sport.

MR DAVID WAYNE NILSSON

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to baseball as a player, coach and mentor, including as team captain and player for the Australian National Team including at the Sydney and Athens Olympics, as head coach for the Brisbane Bandits, the Major League Baseball Australian Academy and the Australia Men’s Team, and as a member of the Pine Hills Lightning Baseball Club. 

MR IAN HAMILTON ORCHARD

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community, as a member, elected or appointed board or committee member, volunteer and mentor for theQueensland Choir, the Scout Association of Australia (Queensland Branch), The Gap Uniting Church, The Gap State School, the Wesley Hospital and the Queensland Branch of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

MR BRUCE GEORGE PAGE

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the communities of Peachester and Beerwah, through leadership roles with the Beerwah Charity Sports Committee, the Peachester Rural Fire Brigade, the P&C Association of Peachester State School, the Beerwah and District Returned and Services League Club, the Liberal National Party and Young Country Party Queensland, and other community organisations.

MR ROSS MERVYN PAINE

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to the community, in roles ranging from member to Secretary, Treasurer, Youth and Membership Chairman, Vice-President and President for the Lions Clubs of Tewantin Noosa, Peregian, and Figtree, as region and zone chairman for Lions Australia, and as Australian Secretary and Treasurer for the Lions International Stamp Club.

COLONEL RICHARD WILLIAM PARKER

Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division

For exceptional performance of duties in the fields of international engagement and combined arms training, bringing innovative, professional and comprehensive approaches to service as Defence Advisor, Port Moresby, Army Advisor, London, and Commandant of the Combined Arms Training Centre, Puckapunyal, while furthering Australia’s reputation and improving the standard of training and safety.

MR SIMON FRANCIS PATMORE

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to snowboarding as a Gold Medallist at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games, in Snowboard Cross SB-UL, and as a Bronze Medallist in Snowboard Banked SB-UL, and as a Gold Medallist at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, and Bronze Medallist at the London Paralympic Games in 2012.

MR KYLE PATRECH

Bravery Medal

Mr Patrech displayed considerable bravery during an armed domestic violence event at Forest Lake in Queensland on 4 March 2018.

Mr Patrech was at home when he heard shouting, screams and threats of violence coming from a house nearby.  He called 000 before he and his fiancé went to the house where they witnessed a heated argument between a man and a woman.

The woman, who had been assaulted by the male and who was now following her, ran up the street signalling for help.  Mr Patrech immediately stepped in front of the aggressive male and attempted to calm him, however the woman was yelling, which further agitated him. 

The woman followed the man into a house and, concerned for her safety, Mr Patrech followed.  The man shouted threats, before assaulting her and leaving the premises.

The female followed the male outside who began to assault her again.

At this stage the man produced a knife and threatened both the woman and Mr Patrech, who grabbed his hand and, after some time, forced him to drop the knife.  Mr Patrech threw the knife into nearby bushes.  The man then made verbal threats against Mr Patrech's fiancé before moving away.

Mr Patrech retrieved the knife and buried it.  He continued to try and calm the aggressive and abusive male before going to check on the woman. Police arrived at the scene and arrested the male.

For his actions, Mr Patrech is awarded the Bravery Medal.

MR MARIO GUISEPPE PENNISI

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to the biomedical sector, to commercialisation initiatives, and to research, through academic, advisory and governance roles at The University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology, and through positions including non-executive director, chief executive officer and managing director in a range of life science and related entities.

MR MARK ANTHONY PETERS

Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to sports administration, and to baseball, as Chief Executive Officer of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, its bid company, and the Australian Sports Commission, through leadership positions in international, regional and national baseball bodies including the International and Australian Baseball federations and the Baseball Confederation of Oceania, and in a range of other roles.

MR PETER JAMES PLUMMER

Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For significant service to higher education, to health research, and to public administration, through roles at Charles Darwin University, Essington International School Darwin and Batchelor College, in positions including as Deputy Chief Executive, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Northern Territory Government, and through community entities.